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Beginning the Journey Home

Dave and I have begun the trip home (using modes of transportation that are much faster than our …


Added by Amy Freeman on January 11, 2011 at 11:08am — No Comments

Treats from the Trail

This article was written by Maureen Hanzel when she and four other folks affiliated with Shedd Aquarium joined the North American Odyssey, canoeing on the Yukon River…


Added by Amy Freeman on January 11, 2011 at 10:45am — No Comments

Final snippet number ten from 'The Naturals; The Story of Earth'

There are ten stories within my book, 'The Naturals':  The Story of Cloudy, Snowy, Windy, Moony, Hailstones, Sunny, Rainbow, Rainy, Starry and Earth. They are to be read to 4-10 year olds so that they may feel the connection with our Natural World.  Once they can feel that our Natural World is alive and compassionate and looking after us all, they will want to look after it right back!  Here is a snippet from my final story in my book, 'The…

Added by Sharon Petersen on January 11, 2011 at 6:27am — No Comments

Pocono Environmental Education Center

I work at the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC), located in eastern Pennsylvania, near the Delaware River.  Our mission is to advance environmental awareness, knowledge, and appreciation through hands-on experience in a natural outdoor…


Added by Molly Jane Check on January 10, 2011 at 1:18pm — No Comments

Schoolyards should have trees and other living things

Andrew H. Wilson Charter School courtyard, New Orleans, LA. Image…


Added by Naomi Sachs, ASLA, EDAC on January 10, 2011 at 1:15pm — 1 Comment

Education Coordinator Volcan Mountain

As the education coordinator for Volcan Mountain Foundation I would like to bring kids onto the mountain for a near-by nature program...the funny thing is...here we are in the country, yet we will have to bus the kids there; while in the City of San Diego you have your canyons near-by for many kids to walk to!

We are currently creating an education program as part of their science framework experience, by getting them up on the mountain to learn about their own back-yard. We have been…


Added by kathleen beck on January 7, 2011 at 12:56pm — No Comments

Each Tree Has Its Own Story

This silence in the timbers.

A woodpecker on one of the trees taps out its story.

Robert Haigh…


Added by Page Lambert on January 5, 2011 at 10:29am — No Comments

7 Tips for Winter Camping with Children

When the weather gets colder and the leaves fall off the trees, it's easy to stay inside and

forget about the opportunities for outdoor recreation.  The winter is a great time to hike

or camp, as long as you are adequately prepared for the activity.  Your children will appreciate

the added challenges involved in winter camping. 

When you are getting your gear together, don't forget a digital camera, and binoculars. …


Added by Stephanie Trementozzi on January 5, 2011 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

This Carpenter is a Sow Bug!

The Sow Bug is a small humble little guy.  They are common in gardens though tend to stay out of sight.  Sow Bugs seem skilled at getting into your house as well. This is especially true if you have an older home or one without a finished concrete basement.  In Newfoundland they are commonly called wood lice, carpenters and even boat builders.

Sow Bugs can be found gathered at near rotting wood so are considered pests by some.  However most of the time they are content to remain in…


Added by For the Love of Nature on January 4, 2011 at 7:15pm — No Comments

Webinar with Kaboom! Getting outside in the winter !

January 10, 2011 at 1:00 PM EST, 12:00 PM CST, 11:00 AM MST, 10:00 AM PST

(60 minutes)

Join Kari Svenneby, founder of ActiveKidsClub.com, for a complete guide to how to start your own Outdoor Playgroup, embrace the season with fun activities and get out there as a family.

She'll share the story of ActiveKidsClub.com, how it grew

from one Norwegian mom living in Toronto who just wanted her kid to meet

other kids outside to…


Added by Kari on January 3, 2011 at 9:57am — 2 Comments

New Film MOTHER NATURE'S CHILD Now Available

We are pleased to announce that our film MOTHER NATURE'S CHILD: Growing Outdoors in the Media Age is finally finished! The DVD, along with a study guide insert, is now available (www.mothernaturesmovie,com) and screenings are being scheduled. The first one is January 12th at the Loew Theater in Hanover, NH, to be followed by a panel discussion.

Added by Camilla Rockwell on December 28, 2010 at 7:50pm — 1 Comment

The Pounding Waves at Twillingate

My recent visit to Twillingate, on Newfoundland's northeast coast, inspires this departure from my usual bug postings.  Just 2 days ago on December 26 I was in the community for a visit.  The province had experienced a few weeks of strong winds and high tides. Normally at this time of year the snow has arrived making hiking trails inaccessible. Not this year.  The trails are wet but there is no snow. 

I left Durrell and hiked…


Added by For the Love of Nature on December 28, 2010 at 9:54am — No Comments

Fun in the All-Gen Sun: Lawn Sport Triathlon

Bloggers Note:…


Added by Randy Eady on December 26, 2010 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

14 Gift Ideas for the budding naturalist

Shopping for the nature lover is easy. Gifts to help the nature lover, especially a budding one, can be simple and inexpensive. Gifts like these don't usually require batteries or cables. The object of the game is to keep is simple. This is about connecting to nature rather than gadgets and kids need to be trained to value gadgets. They can also be trained to value life over things.

For the wee ones, 18 mos to 3 yrs you want to encourage observation but they aren't yet… Continue

Added by beth chase on December 23, 2010 at 12:06pm — No Comments

Volcan Mountain!

I am happy to be a part of this group as I am a long time nature advocate!

I think of myself as an embassador helping to communicate what part of the language I know in regards nature.

My mission is to create a sense of wonder in children and help them to fall in love with their surroundings.

My backyard is Volcan Mountain. It is where my grandfather lived and rode horseback across its range.

He called it Gods Country, as do I. To fall in love with a mountain is a beautiful… Continue

Added by kathleen beck on December 21, 2010 at 9:49am — 1 Comment

Afraid of Bugs?

It's an amazing thing - something in the back of our ancient brain tells us to avoid bugs; to jump, scream and squish any that come near. Of course there is a good arguement for learned behaviour.  A young child will most likely pick up a bug and examine it; one who sees fearful responses may respond likewise.  Many of our behaviours come from observing the norms of those around us.


So, are you scared of bugs - is it a phobia?  You may recall a movie called Arachnophobia?  …


Added by For the Love of Nature on December 18, 2010 at 10:03am — No Comments

New book for 3rd to 7th graders

A Crack in the Night is an engaging, educational and entertaining book written for 3rd to 7th graders to encourage outdoor discovery, introduce the nature of science & to motivate students to create unique science projects.

Available through most online stores & at story-express.com


Added by Marcy Skinner on December 17, 2010 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

Nature Stories for Children & Jayátu Online Debut Holiday Tale

Hi Everyone

The Children & Nature Network is invited to attend an online storytelling event and I posted it on the…


Added by Dawn Gracewind on December 16, 2010 at 9:53pm — 2 Comments

Bundle up! Don't let the cold stop you, get outside and play!

I just stumbled across this article, “Going outside—even in the cold—improves memory, attention,” that the TKF Foundation posted on their Facebook page, which is so timely given a conversation I had this…


Added by Naomi Sachs, ASLA, EDAC on December 15, 2010 at 1:55pm — No Comments

small people and big lakes

Ahoy all,

I'm new to this place but I share your interest in getting kids connected with the big wide world.

It's winter here in upstate NY where I work and play so I have more time to write and read about that effort. Most organized kid activity outdoors here happens in warmer weather.

“I don't think we celebrate the lakes enough” says Sandy Bihn, founder of the Lake Erie Waterkeepers group. I agree with her. It seems like all we ever see in…


Added by susan peterson gateley on December 15, 2010 at 12:16pm — No Comments

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