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A Sled Dog's World



In last week's Cast Your Vote, students chose the topic to focus on for this week.  The vote was overwhelmingly in  favor of learning about how the sled dogs communicate and work as a team.  We decided to consult an expert on this topic. . . so this week's Notes from the Trail is written from the perspective of Fennel the sled dog.

Bark bark.  Oh!  Excuse me.  I forgot that you don't speak dog.  Sorry about that.  Well, I am Fennel.  To find out more about me, check out my…

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Added by Amy Freeman on February 15, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Creative, Celebratory Experience of Nature and Ancient Customs

 

Engage younger and older people in gardening by constructing a labyrinth from flower bulbs.



The labyrinth can provide a unique, facilitated alternative to traditional playground activity, and the process promotes planning, collaborating and sustainable community connection.



Organize a planting, and enjoy the labyrinth as a temporary and beautiful construction that can be mowed after the bulbs…
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Added by Randy Eady on February 11, 2011 at 4:53pm — 1 Comment

Polar Bear Rules

 

By Russell Gienapp from http://www.activekidsclub.com/fresh-air-living/feature/tiger-moms-vs-polar-bear-moms.html



Much attention has been given to the iron handed…

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Added by Kari on February 10, 2011 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Norman Wells Historical Society

Today we visited the museum in Norman Wells. Thank you for choosing it in last week's Cast Your Vote.…

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Added by Amy Freeman on February 9, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Nature Circles in South Africa!



The Warriors of the Rainbow!

Dr. Alice Ashwell was inspired to invite the children in her neighbourhood in Cape Town to join her for some nature circle adventures! While walking in Zandvlei Nature Reserve, each of the children from Vrygrond decided on one thing they would do to help the circle of life. To celebrate their commitment, each made a rainbow warrior headdress.  Go to…
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Added by Avery Cleary on February 7, 2011 at 3:14pm — No Comments

We love your creativity!

Teen Nature Circle

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Added by Avery Cleary on February 7, 2011 at 3:09pm — No Comments

CBeyond Volunteers with HON



A big thanks to all the great volunteers from CBeyond who helped us put together another 3,000 Nature Circle Card Sets!

Check out more photos below to see how volunteers from the GAP, Advent Software, Barclays, Genetech, HOBA, NetApp, Kaiser, PG&E, Adobe, Google and CBeyond helped us put together over 33,000 sets of cards!

Volunteers make our CARDS FOR KIDS program possible.

So a big THANK YOU to all the volunteers! Hands On Bay Area! and each of…

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Added by Avery Cleary on February 7, 2011 at 3:07pm — No Comments

GoogleServe Volunteers!



We had a great day at GoogleServe. The volunteers from Google were so enthusiastic and helpful!

Check out more photos below to see how volunteers from the GAP, Advent Software, Barclays, Genetech, HOBA, NetApp, Kaiser, PG&E, Adobe and Google helped us put together over 30,000 sets of cards!

Volunteers make our CARDS FOR KIDS program possible.

So a big THANK YOU to all the volunteers! Hands On Bay Area! and each of the…

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Added by Avery Cleary on February 7, 2011 at 1:49pm — No Comments

A great day with Adobe

 

 

On May 12th, 2010, we had another wonderful group of volunteers eager to help us get more Nature Circle Cards put together. Thanks to Adobe, we have completed over 2,000 more sets.

Check out more photos below to see how volunteers from the GAP, Advent Software, Barclays, Genetech, HOBA, NetApp and Kaiser helped us put together over 21,000 sets of cards!

Volunteers make our CARDS FOR KIDS program possible.

So a big THANK YOU to all…

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Added by Avery Cleary on February 7, 2011 at 1:48pm — No Comments

Volunteers from PG&E

 

We had the pleasure of working with the mail services department at PG&E. Everyone was so friendly and worked really hard, making over 800 sets of cards! Thank you all for your hard work.

Check out more photos below to see how volunteers from the GAP, Advent Software, Barclays, Genetech, HOBA, NetApp and Kaiser helped us put together over 18,000…

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Added by Avery Cleary on February 7, 2011 at 1:47pm — No Comments

Volunteers make our CARDS FOR KIDS program possible

 

Avery Cleary with Alycia Thompson

 

We just returned from another great volunteer event at Kaiser thanks to Alycia Thompson who was at our last Kaiser volunteer event and was so enthused that she helped us set up another day. It was great to meet some more wonderful people from Kaiser…

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Added by Avery Cleary on February 7, 2011 at 1:46pm — No Comments

Thank you NetApp for your support!

Thanks to NetApp for a great Volunteer day! We worked with over 30 volunteers who put together more than 1300 Nature Circle card sets.

Check out more photos below to see how volunteers from the GAP, Advent Software, Barclays, Genetech, HOBA, Kaiser and NetApp helped us put together over 17,000 sets of cards!

Volunteers make our CARDS FOR KIDS program possible.

Added by Avery Cleary on February 7, 2011 at 1:45pm — No Comments

Thanks you HOBA!



Hands On Bay Area (HOBA) has been amazing at helping us connect with companies that are wanting and willing to donate their time putting together Nature Circle Cards to help support our Cards for Kids program. Recently, HOBA staff as well as their board of directors volunteered as well.

We had a lot of fun…

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Added by Avery Cleary on February 7, 2011 at 1:44pm — No Comments

Amazing Volunteers!

 

 

Thanks to Hands On Bay Area we are meeting some of the nicest people and getting the help we need with Nature Circles!

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service at Kaiser, we were joined by 40+ enthusiastic volunteers that help us put together over 4000 Nature Circle card sets.

Check out more photos at …

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Added by Avery Cleary on February 7, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Helping hands, smiling faces and lots of enthusiasm!

Photo by Peter Merts - Amazing volunteers from the GAP!

Volunteers from Barclays working hard on Nature Circle Card Sets!…

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Added by Avery Cleary on February 7, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Conference on the Value of Play --Layers in Another Clear Deficit

Those of us operating in relation to Park and Rec facilites with ample outdoor features are often lucky enough to get to see how kids thrive and grow through playful interaction with nature and each other.

Though, as we know only too well, most children aren’t getting outdoors enough, and that is creating a “play (as well as nature) deficit.”

Next week, a couple of hundred experts gather at Clemson University to explore the distinctive value of play.

The Conference on…

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Added by Randy Eady on February 4, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

Expedition Planning and Preparation

Greetings from Norman Wells, Northwest Territories, Canada! We arrived just a couple of days ago. Ellen, Van, Dave, and I spent ten days driving all the way from Minnesota. We hauled our twelve sled dogs, two sleds, plus most of our food and dog food in a big trailer. Ten days on the road might seem like a long time, but really all of the planning and preparation for this trip took much longer.

About a year ago we began to research our route and contact people living and traveling in…

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Added by Amy Freeman on February 3, 2011 at 9:25pm — No Comments

Using Nature as the Great Equalizer

Losing Oneself in School; Retaining Balance Through Nature



When children enter school, they bring with them their natural capacity for surveying the land and making meaning.  But for many children, school means leaving some of themselves behind and disconnecting from a natural world of movement and lots of self-directed stimulation. Plenty of the school curriculum requires children to meet task demands that don't relate to…
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Added by Randy Eady on February 3, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

Introduce your kids to the local wetlands

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World Wetlands Day - Wetlands and Forests

This is the theme for World Wetlands Day 2011, especially chosen because 2011 is the UN International Year of Forests.

To celebrate World Wetlands Day - I am giving away FREE copies of Nika And The Painted Turtle

Just leave a comment below and I'll send you your FREE ebook.

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We…

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Added by Marghanita Hughes on February 2, 2011 at 2:58pm — 3 Comments

Punxsutawney Phil Predicts Early Spring





Groundhog Day, February 2, has basically everything going for it that I love in a holiday -- It marks a point in a season; it's full of folklore and wisdom, superstition, ceremony, civic charm, mystery, agrarian history, and weather -- and it was featured in perhaps my all-time favorite movie of the same name, which itself is a study in acceptance and inner calm while…

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Added by Suz Lipman on February 2, 2011 at 1:35pm — No Comments

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