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Lead by example to your kids

You don’t want your kid to undergo from early tooth decay, right? Much more have a bridge, or an implant crown in their teeth prematurely. So, as a parent it’s best to encourage your children to brush regularly. But take my advice, don’t force them. I learned it the hard way. Instead of my kid following my rules and advice, he lost interest in following at all.…


Added by Beth Akers on February 23, 2010 at 7:30pm — 5 Comments

Find a natural space in your area!

Hi everyone!

Here is part of my most recent post from my blog Let's Connect With Nature!

It's a little longer post with links and pictures...the entire post can be found here.

Hope you enjoy! As always, comments are welcome and… Continue

Added by Chris Hettwer on February 23, 2010 at 6:00pm — No Comments

New British Study about Nature Disconnect

A new study from Great Britain that appeared on the Children & Nature web site bodes poorly for children and their outdoor lives. According to researchers at Hertfordshire University, while most children are open to outdoor play, their parents are not, and a lack…


Added by Suz Lipman on February 23, 2010 at 4:00pm — 5 Comments

Mix History Into Your Outdoor Adventures

While I actively support getting families outside just for the fun of it and to be in Nature, I am also an avid proponent of exploring with our eyes open for ALL the many stories that are there for the listening that tell the history of the rocks, rivers, and of course the biological communities including our fellow humans past and present. I believe in treating everything as a story: geology; ecology; natural history; human history; climate; and musical and folklore traditions.… Continue

Added by Mr. Hayden W. Mathews on February 23, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments

How my 7-year-old taught me to ride a bike... metaphorically.

Our 7 year old has a way of, let's say, amping things up. Each event has to be a bit more dangerous than others. In fact, he is the reason that the City of Salem Parks and Recreation cut all the lower branches out of the trees at Longwood Park. He is a skateboarder and a tree climber. He is, indeed, an outdoor artist.

On one particular day, again at the same park, Parker decided to take his bike for a ride around the paved area - yes, the one that now says "No bikes." This was his…


Added by Chip Donahue on February 22, 2010 at 6:44pm — 5 Comments

Shopping vs. Outdoor time

Just returned from Juneau, AK. I was down there (2 hour flight from Anchorage) with my son's school. They are trying to pass a bill naming the Malamute as the official state dog. The kids did a great job! Hopefully it will go to vote this session.

On our second day, we had a couple of free hours. The kids were given a choice of going to a playground or shopping downtown. I'm pleased to report that 9 out of 12 chose the park! Better yet, they tired of the playground after…

Added by Jennifer Aist on February 21, 2010 at 10:45pm — 1 Comment

Outdoor Playgroups

From post

Together we will move mountains

By Kari Svenneby

A lot of the time it is hard to know how to start things. Like changing a habit or how we can get more outdoor time. Finding an outdoor program…


Added by Kari on February 18, 2010 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Trees please! Ten activities that will foster an appreciation for trees in your child.

Hi everyone!

I'm re-posting this from my blog called Let's Connect With Nature!

Hope you enjoy! As always, comments are welcome and appreciated!



Added by Chris Hettwer on February 18, 2010 at 9:51am — No Comments

Photo of the Week - "The Great Snowball"

if you give a kid a camera....Photo of the Week. "The Great Snowball" Check out AJ's best snowball ever!

Added by Catherine Adams on February 18, 2010 at 8:16am — 2 Comments

Winter is long, spring is coming along - with inspiration...

Cold, snow too deep to trudge with little companions.

Homework and dinner, stories and bedtime.

The time comes and goes. I find myself wishing for those moments when I could pick up my kids after work and drive off to a local park for some time together. Our green hour, or half or so. Now, there's nothing but white and cold and early sunsets.

But last night, as I was watching Richard Louv's presentation for the Blank Foundation, I felt the warming rays of…


Added by Chip Donahue on February 17, 2010 at 10:43pm — 1 Comment

Why are our children spending less time in nature?

Hi everyone!

I'm re-posting this from my blog called Let's Connect With Nature!

Hope you enjoy! As always, comments are welcome and appreciated!



Added by Chris Hettwer on February 15, 2010 at 6:02pm — No Comments

New links for nature activity books for teachers and parents!

Just posted a bunch of…


Added by Jennifer Aist on February 14, 2010 at 6:25pm — 4 Comments

Join the Great Backyard Bird Count

I am very excited about the Audubon Society and Cornell Lab of Ornithology's upcoming Great Backyard Bird Count. It takes place Friday-Monday, February 12-15, all over North America. Anyone… Continue

Added by Suz Lipman on February 10, 2010 at 9:00am — No Comments

if you give a kid a of the week

Check out Emily's "Morning Snow" and her advice on reducing global warming

Added by Catherine Adams on February 8, 2010 at 9:46pm — 2 Comments

Making a Discovery Backpack

Whether it's for camping, hiking, a day at the park, or some fun in the of my sons favorite things to do is gather up his nature discovery backpack and head outside. This is such a great way to get kids up-close with nature, and allow them (in safe ways) to come up with how they want to explore it.

The contents of his discovery backpack vary depending on where we're going or what he's in the mood to do that day. But basically it contains some of the components… Continue

Added by Chris Hettwer on February 8, 2010 at 11:53am — 2 Comments

Final cover for Babes in the Woods book

The book just went to the printers. Attached is the final cover design for Babes in the Woods: Hiking, Camping, & Boating with Babies and Young Children. Cheryl Charles wrote a very nice review of the book.


Added by Jennifer Aist on February 6, 2010 at 5:28pm — 1 Comment

Trolls, Treasure and Outdoor Learning!

A focus on trolls can be a lot of fun. Trolls are part of Scandinavian folklore and any child who has read the films or read the Harry Potter books knows a little about trolls. This posting is the latest on I'm a teacher, get me OUTSIDE here!…


Added by Juliet Robertson on February 6, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Family nature clubs build community

My wife, Janice, and I founded a family nature club recently. We have monthly (at least) Saturday outings, but already a second smaller group has broken off to establish "Wilderness Wednesdays"--nature outings every Wednesday from 10-12.

Today brought home to me why we are doing this—it’s fun!…


Added by Ron Swaisgood on February 6, 2010 at 2:06am — 3 Comments


When you've seen a child's drawing inspire an architect to greatness, you know the truth: kids are play experts if given half a chance. This is why Georgia Tech and the Atlanta Taskforce on Play (ATOP) are joining together to put on PLAYABLE 2010: INTERNATIONAL DESIGN COMPETITION.…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on February 5, 2010 at 1:41pm — 2 Comments

Inspired by Grass Stain Guru: The Joys of being a Free Range Kid

One of my favorite bloggers, Bethe Almeras, the Grass Stain Guru, has a consistent and wonderful gift for capturing the joys of childhood and the outdoors. She has posted often about simple pleasures, outdoor creatures, and all kinds of activities and play.

Recently she posted a short reminiscence called… Continue

Added by Suz Lipman on February 3, 2010 at 9:30pm — 3 Comments

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