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Plant-o-biles and Living Script: Appreciating Social Design in Nature

The world needs more people like Roger Long pouring their love and creativity into the land.

"...a bit of a naturalist, a bit of a historian, and a bit of an activist, but mostly he’s a mixed-media artist..."…

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Added by Randy Eady on November 20, 2010 at 6:18pm — No Comments

A Mother's Smile

I was watching a "reality" show on television about some wealthy women in California. The women were playing games with their children in the yard, but something was terribly wrong. The interaction between the women and the children appeared to be strained by the lack of expression on the mother's faces. I suspect that these fairly young women had undergone rather expensive cosmetic procedures to remove all facial wrinkles. The women were unable to smile as they watched their children…

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Added by Nancy Bunker on November 20, 2010 at 10:50am — 1 Comment

Childhood: Where The Wild Things Are…

Samuel and his friend head out for an adventure. They are off to to build a gang hut in the woods next to the waterfall where the wild things roam.

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Remember your childhood? Children need to be allowed to roam free and be wild.

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Richard Louv-An Inspiration

Richard Louv is a journalist and author of…

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Added by Marghanita Hughes on November 11, 2010 at 10:10am — No Comments

Fabulous footwear : Ice skates

Whether you visit an outside rink or a natural pond, one key to a great skating experience is good skates that fit well. I do not pretend to be an expert "skate fitter" . I am a parent with some experience fitting ice skates for my own kids. For additional information, check with your childs skating instructor or local skating club. I will be discussing only figure skates ( as I know very very little about hockey skates. )

That said, here are a few suggestions for other…

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Added by Nancy Bunker on November 7, 2010 at 8:41am — No Comments

Toes Knows Children's Tai Chi Meets TckTckTck

For those that saw the enactment of Teddy Tai and Teddy Chi on Oct 1st in San Diego ~~ A Poem employed as a way to have children move and feel balanced ~~ you'll also enjoy the video (link below) which shows TckTckTck the polar bear encouraging balance in the environment as well. These imaginative approaches can really help influence a generation to think and feel more ecologically . .…

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Added by Randy Eady on November 4, 2010 at 6:29pm — No Comments

Going Nature Native

Blogger’s note: This commentary expands on the class…

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Added by Randy Eady on November 3, 2010 at 3:30am — No Comments

Nature Detective

A couple of months ago, Jenny over at Let the Children Play wrote a super post about spies. As a child, even in my teens, I loved codes, mysteries and the whole concept of spying.



Now completely unconnected to this, I gave my parents an environmental art calendar last Christmas. One of the photos was of a leaf, with a… Continue

Added by Juliet Robertson on November 2, 2010 at 2:24pm — No Comments

Vitamin D and Depression, Where to go for information

A brief little blog post today.

Vitamin D deficiency is rampant in pregnant women, infants, children and adults in many areas of the country, many occupations and many ethinic groups. Vitamin D deficiency has been an increasing problem for the last few decades and seems to be reaching an all time high. Clearly the problem is related to inadequate time out of doors.

The website www.vitamindcouncil.org website,…

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Added by Nancy Bunker on November 2, 2010 at 5:39am — No Comments

Snippet number nine from 'The Naturals'; The Story of Starry

There are ten stories within my book, 'The Naturals': The Story of Cloudy, Snowy, Windy, Moony, Hailstones, Sunny, Rainbow, Rainy, Starry and Earth. 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. Here is a snippet from 'The Story of Starry':



'Gracie was no longer angry with Glitter Starry for waking her up. She was… Continue

Added by Sharon Petersen on November 1, 2010 at 7:27am — No Comments

Motherhood: A Unique Link to Nature: Part of Special Edition of Ecopsychology Journal



Women often experience and interact with their natural surroundings in ways that differ from men. The way in which those differences affect a woman's sense of self, body image, and drive to protect and preserve the environment are explored in a thought-provoking special issue of Ecopsychology, a…

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Added by Randy Eady on November 1, 2010 at 7:25am — 1 Comment

Let’s Talk…Let’s Give Children Back Their Childhood

Let’s give children back their childhood.

Children are spending less time outdoors than ever before. “Let’s Talk” is a new online talk show asking QUESTIONS, getting ANSWERS so that YOU can take ACTION!

We ALL have a part to play in this revolution. Watch the videos:…



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Added by Marghanita Hughes on October 30, 2010 at 8:54am — No Comments

Keeping kids healthy and fit. Should we boycott high fructose corn syrup?

A recent article posted on the Medscape website was written by liver specialist and medical director of the liver transplant unit of the University of Cinncinatti. William Balistreri, M.D. The article was entitled "Can high fructose corn syrup exacerbate liver disease?"

Dr Balistreri presents a number of concerns about the common practice of adding high fructose corn syrup to beverages and other highly processed foods. One concern discussed was that a person will not feel full…

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Added by Nancy Bunker on October 30, 2010 at 4:30am — No Comments

TIPS When You Have to 4-go Barefoot Goodness: Soft Soles = Healthy Development

Adapted excerpts from Eady's keynote to the Florida Naturopathic Physicians Association Annual Meeting, May 8th, 2010 in Delray Beach, FL. On Oct 1, Eady discussed the topic more directly about engaging Special Needs Youth in stimulating out-of-classroom activity at the Kids Included Together National Ctr for Inclusivity Trng…

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Added by Randy Eady on October 29, 2010 at 7:39pm — 2 Comments

Creepy crawlers, flying stingers and things that go bite in the night.

It happens so often after a trip. Your child is scratching, fidgeting and you see a bump on his or her skin.

Your child may not remember what caused the spot or may be too young to tell you. Here is a little primer on what to look for and when to see the pediatrician.

Mosquito bites- The familiar raised wealts, on exposed areas are frequently mosquito bites. Although usually no more than a nuisance in the northern United States, these insects cause numerous diseases in…

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Added by Nancy Bunker on October 26, 2010 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Lizard Town is accepted to multiple film festivals worldwide!

Lizard Town will be in competition at the FESTIVAL MONDIAL DE L'IMAGE SOUS-MARINE October 27-31, 2010 in Marseille, France.



Lizard Town will be showcased at the Bahamas International Film Festival December 1-5, 2010 in Nassau, Bahamas.



Lizard Town will be screened at the Cinekid Screening Club in Amsterdam, Netherlands, October 26-29, 2010.



Lizard Town was nominated for Best Documentary at the Danville International Children's Film Festival.



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Added by Sean Nightingale on October 26, 2010 at 1:43pm — No Comments

Gendered outdoor education: A load of Maloney



The nation’s favourite choir boy, Gareth Malone, returned to our screens to complete a new mission - decreasing the literacy gap between the sexes. To do so he has used the outdoors and a range of

unconventional teaching methods. Malone believes that school is not dynamic enough for boys and that by making lessons fun,…

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Added by Charley May on October 26, 2010 at 7:26am — No Comments

Adjuncts to Let's Move: Let's Move Outside and Chef’s Move to Schools



Let's Move Outside is a complementary program launched by the USA's First Lady in the Spring of 2010 to help solve the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation.…

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Added by Randy Eady on October 25, 2010 at 4:34pm — No Comments

Outdoor Learning CPD for Teachers across Scotland

Calling all Scottish teachers! Learning and Teaching Scotland have just published a programme of outdoor learning CPD sessions. The programme can be viewed or downloaded from the Outdoor Learning Events webpage. Every school in Scotland has been sent a flier about these events.…



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Added by Juliet Robertson on October 25, 2010 at 1:16pm — No Comments

Rare green salamanders found at the Green River Preserve

Alan Cameron from the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission came

out earlier this month to the Green River Preserve to search for green salamanders

which are endangered at the local level in NC. He found three sites with

green salamanders – two of them had nests of hatchlings less than an

inch long (see photo). According to Cameron, two of the four sites would

make good locations to take campers for green salamander hunts.…



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Added by Karen Bryant on October 25, 2010 at 9:41am — No Comments

Flashcards challenge- so many things to do outside

Need to add a bit of excitement to outdoor adventures? Try listing all your options on 3X5 cards and letting kids choose a card (without looking) Cards should be reviewed ahead of time to ensure that choices are seasonally appropriate, age appropriate, and compatible with available equipment, available personnel and present weather conditions. Be prepared to negotiate if the kids really want something different. A few to start you off.....

Fly a kite

Go Ice…

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Added by Nancy Bunker on October 22, 2010 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

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