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The Wonder of Winter...8 ways you can connect with nature in winter.

I'm so glad to be part of a group of people who value the nature connection as much as I do. I would like to share with you the second post from my new blog and hope you will let me know what you think of it. Thank you!


If you're feeling like we are at this time of the year...a little cooped up...then this is the perfect time to head outside and do some exploring. Here are 8 activities you can do to stay connected to nature in… Continue

Added by Chris Hettwer on February 2, 2010 at 2:39pm — 2 Comments

slow laundry.

Living in my grandparents' home often times leaves an ache deep inside me for my childhood. I want so badly to go back. Taking baths in the summer in a giant metal washtub in the side yard with my cousins, sharing the one bicycle kept in the shed. Being stung nearly to death by bees in the very same shed. Climbing the huge old tree in the side yard so high that I thought I could touch the clouds. My grandfather taking me in his bedroom and giving me half a stick of Wrigley's gum from his… Continue

Added by Ashley Wainwright Donahue on January 29, 2010 at 11:00pm — 5 Comments

Let's connect with nature!

I have a new blog dedicated to connecting children with nature through sharing activities with parents and scout leaders. Below is the first post I wrote. I hope you will read it and let me know what you think. Thank you!

My blog can be found at:


If you want to get the kids… Continue

Added by Chris Hettwer on January 29, 2010 at 12:56pm — 1 Comment

we eat dirt.

My clan eats dirt. We play with our chicken, with our bare hands. We run around barefooted all summer. We eat things that fall on the floor. We dig creatures out of the ground to play with and chase our siblings with. We rarely mop.

And we get sick. Not killer sick, just colds and sniffles and coughs. And not terribly often. Now, lots of people like to voice their concerns to me that my kiddos get sick because we let them play with compost and clean out the chicken coop. We prefer to… Continue

Added by Ashley Wainwright Donahue on January 29, 2010 at 6:47am — 3 Comments

Marin, CA Coho have Spawned Again: Walks this Weekend

I just got wind of the late winter return of several Coho salmon to their habitat in Marin County's Lagunitas watershed. This is particularly wonderful news because this had been a year of especially low sightings of this beautiful, endangered salmon.

This weekend is the last one of the season in which to take a Creekwalk to see the salmon, led by a trained naturalist. My family and I have done this 2-hour walk and it is terrific. You… Continue

Added by Suz Lipman on January 28, 2010 at 10:00am — No Comments

Community Service in Nature

January 18th marked the Martin Luther King Day national holiday, and the day designated a national day of service as a way of honoring Dr. King's life and legacy.

National Day of Service has been recognized by Congress since 1994, but it may have been truly popularized last year when President Obama, on the eve of his inauguration, re-declared the day and provided energy and resources toward getting people involved in the service of helping others.

Though the day has… Continue

Added by Suz Lipman on January 20, 2010 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Giving Parents a Place to Start

When I told a friend how much it meant to me to grow up as a "free range child," she replied, "nature makes me nervous." I was surprised to discover that a few other parents I know feel the same way, so I went looking for some fun, easy ways to help them get into nature with their kids!…


Added by Kim Ridley on January 19, 2010 at 12:26pm — 3 Comments

The Cabin Path

Brrrrrrrrrr It's been a cold month in Atlanta!

The Fairy Trail was even more magical in the snow, and I think she is dreaming of spring!

Long Needle Pine Cone in our Southern "Blizzard" !!!!!

Animal Tracks in the Snow!! A NEW workshop for The Cabin Path!!…


Added by Sarah Crutchfield on January 15, 2010 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

Myopia risk - one more reason kids need nature

Researchers are studying whether outdoor light somehow changes the way our eyes grow and have found that time spent outdoors in childhood is important to our vision. Read more at the NPR website:

Medical Detectives Focus On Myopia
You can listen to this story, too.

Added by Carmen Field on January 13, 2010 at 9:40pm — 6 Comments

Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment

The link between Mind and Social / Environmental-Issues.

The fast-paced, consumerist lifestyle of Industrial Society is causing exponential rise in psychological problems besides destroying the environment. All issues are interlinked. Our Minds cannot be peaceful when attention-spans are down to nanoseconds, microseconds and milliseconds. Our Minds cannot be peaceful if we destroy Nature.

Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment.

Subject :… Continue

Added by sushil yadav on January 10, 2010 at 11:44pm — 1 Comment

Bad weather, clothes, activities and parents

Last Friday my son’s school finally opened its doors to welcome the pupils back for a seasonal start amidst the snow. It was - 13° Centigrade. Being in S2, appearances are important. One unspoken teen social rule is to wear the minimal amount of clothing that your parents will let you get away with. I reckon it’s a self-inflicted rite of passage. So MJ eschewed the fleece pullover, thermal underwear, spare socks and a pair of gloves that I strongly advised him to wear. He wore a winter coat and… Continue

Added by Juliet Robertson on January 10, 2010 at 5:00am — 3 Comments

Would you like a copy of The Wyoming Youth Congress on Children and Nature FINAL REPORT?

The Teton Science Schools partnered with a number of organizations this past October to hold The Wyoming Youth Congress on Children and Nature. Eighth graders from every school district across Wyoming were invited to attend the Congress. While attending the Congress youth were asked to share the factors involved in the growing divide between children and nature, as well as possible solutions. In summary, youth were the consultants and adults were the audience.

The Teton Science… Continue

Added by Chad Filipski on January 8, 2010 at 6:12pm — 1 Comment

Ward Museum Family Nature Club

The Ward Museum's new Family Nature Club

We’ve taken the guesswork out of where to go to enjoy time spent outdoors with your family and friends.

The Ward Museum now offers low-cost*, regularly-scheduled nature outings throughout the Eastern Shore. All outdoor gear is provided; just show up and experience time spent outdoors with your friends and… Continue

Added by Kim Check on January 8, 2010 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

New Year's Resolution: Spend More Time in Nature

Happy New Year!

As we leave the holiday season and swing into 2010, I have many resolutions that involve improved health, balance, time with loved ones, and calm. Foremost among them, and the act that can really enhance all of the above, is, of course, spending more time in nature.…


Added by Suz Lipman on January 4, 2010 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

The 12 Days of Christmas, Grass Stain Guru Style

On the 12th day of Christmas The Grass Stain Guru gave to me:

* 12 perfect snowflakes

* 11 stones a skipping

* 10 stars a twinkling

* 9 children giggling

* 8 frogs a croaking

* 7 kites a flying

* 6 rainbows gleaming

* 5 forts to build

* 4 scampering squirrels

* 3 trees to climb

* 2 box turtles

* And a grass stain on each knee!

No matter what you believe, or don’t, the holiday season is truly… Continue

Added by Bethe Almeras on December 23, 2009 at 6:16am — No Comments

A Promise of Hope

Mahatma Gandhi said, "Be the change you wish to see in the world." The change I wish to see in the world is for us all to change from a taker lifestyle (throw-away, money-driven society) to a leaver style (subsistence living, love for the entire family and friendship-driven society). And so unfortunately, I let Mahatma down at times. At times I do just the opposite. Here's what I mean:

There are things you can do that are good for the earth (for the ecosystem, the environment, and… Continue

Added by Matthew James Kegelman on December 17, 2009 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Santa as ambassador for outdoor play

This year, the Santa hired to visit and pose for pictures with children at our annual Nutcracker Faire in Homer, Alaska [and who's been working this faire for years] proved himself one of our area's strongest advocates for outdoor play. He was overheard by a parent asking her son...who'd just asked him for a bunch of electronic toys...if he played outside much. When the young many replied, "Yes, I play outside a lot," Santa said, "That's great, because it's very important to do that. Be sure to… Continue

Added by Carmen Field on December 9, 2009 at 12:00am — 2 Comments

A Huge Thanks to Martin LeBlanc from Alaska - What A Tour!

Two weeks ago Martin LeBlanc - C&NN Vice President, NLN mentor and incredible, inspirational advocate for connecting youth with the outdoors - visited Alaska for a whirlwind 3-day speaking tour in Fairbanks, Anchorage and Homer. In all three communities he eloquently presented on the issue of nature-deficit disorder to students (some younger than he'd imagined) and members of the general public. In Homer, where I live, Martin expertly shared this… Continue

Added by Carmen Field on December 3, 2009 at 12:46am — 2 Comments

Stan "The Man" Lee is excited about our next Nature Club for Families event!

Here are the details:

Uncanny, Amazing, Spectacular, Invincible, Fantastic!

Dec 27 2:00pm - Dec 27 4:00pm

Come out and play with KIVA to help us celebrate the 87th birthday of the man who re-invented adjectives and many, many superheroes - Stan "The Man" Lee! Meet us in Eureka Park for an afternoon of play and imagination - KIVA style. Wear your favorite superhero costume, or be like Stan and make up your own superhero!

Well, that was the note I sent out to our… Continue

Added by Chip Donahue on December 1, 2009 at 5:54pm — 1 Comment

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