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Dakota Goes to Hot Springs National Park, AR

Well, I told you that I would be back with this. There was too much fun in Arkansas to just leave you hanging and Humom has now learned to retrieve. This doesn't make much sense to me but she had to learn in order to find lost photos that were stuck somewhere in the keyboard...? Anyways, we are both happy to finally have the lost…


Added by Dakota Goes on September 5, 2014 at 5:10pm — No Comments

Geed up on Geocaching!

I first came across geocaching on Nature Play SA's list of 51 Things To Do Before You're 12 where "find a geocache in your neighbourhood" features at number six. It stood out as the only activity on the list I'd not heard of, and the description "global GPS treasure hunt you can do with most phones" piqued…


Added by Claire Lock on September 1, 2014 at 7:42pm — No Comments

Outdoor Adventures Are Best Spent With Dads

Kids make the greatest adventurers. Having said this, you may have well realized that going on an outdoor adventure would not be complete without having your kids in tow.

Don’t be surprised to find your kids leading when it comes to coming up with diverse outdoor activities you’ll enjoy yourself, particularly, during kids’ bonding time with dad. Kids turn to their dad for primary companionship when going on several exciting adventures outdoors. This is…


Added by Jonathan James More on August 27, 2014 at 12:49am — No Comments

Road Trip and the Beautfy of Nature


Added by Karla Akins on August 20, 2014 at 9:48am — 1 Comment

Go Wild!

Go wild. It's time. Summer vacation is in full swing at our house. With so much time together, occasionally, Stephen and Aurora get on each others nerves. One day last week, I heard one of the calls of summering children, "Stop it. Give it back. Don't." My reply was, "Please stop arguing. Pack some plastic containers into backpacks and get your bikes. We are going…


Added by Ann Courcy on August 19, 2014 at 3:47am — No Comments

Fit, Healthy, and Happy: An Unachievable Formula?

Technological evolution has permeated the young generation’s overall life engagement. Everywhere you look, there you see a child clutching an iPad or a tablet! What role does mobile play session play in a child’s life? Can you do something about it for your child? It is alarming to see how the advent of technology and gadgets not only limits your child’s wonders of experience and knowledge, but also how it exhibits negative effects on their health in the long run. As a parent, you need to be…


Added by Jonathan James More on July 24, 2014 at 6:39am — No Comments

Are the machines taking over? Finding a natural balance in an increasingly high tech world.

You know how much I love nature play – and what a passionate advocate for it I am.

The ABC News reported recently about a new playground in Western Sydney. The headline for the article was “Hi-tech playground in western Sydney takes digital native…


Added by Tania Moloney on July 19, 2014 at 3:49pm — No Comments

Thoughts on Australia's Nature Connect Conference - Coming together to connect, collaborate, celebrate and start conversations.

On February 21st this year I was thrilled to attend the inaugural Nature Connect Conference in Melbourne.

Presented by the Australian Conservation Foundation and the Victorian Child & Nature Connection, it was a gathering of inspiring and inspired leaders and practitioners from community, health, industry,…


Added by Tania Moloney on July 19, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Musical Magic In The Forest

One way to celebrate our connection with nature and to create and celebrate our own connection to each other is by way of music. We always sing in our programs with the Vashon Wilderness Program. Today, though, was a "Community & Ecology" day in our summer camp for 4-6 year olds. At one point along the trail, we picked up sticks, tapping them together. We sang "The Earth Is Our Mother" and other songs as we wandered along,…


Added by Jane Valencia on July 18, 2014 at 5:20pm — No Comments

Secret Treasures And Raven Talk In the Woods With The Kids

Just spent a magical day in the woods with kids (ages 4-6 for this week's camp)  in our Vashon Wilderness Program summer camp. In our "Sit Spot" time, we gave the kids 4 minutes to touch into their hearts, and find a place where a secret treasure meant only for them was waiting. So sweet to see them wander off into the field, find a special place, and discover something special just for them. Some of the kids drew what they found. Others merely placed it into their "mind's…


Added by Jane Valencia on July 14, 2014 at 3:50pm — 4 Comments

"Adventure Fest" Connects Oregon Teens to Nature

Agencies and non-profits take action through Youth In Nature Partnership 

My concentration is interrupted by the sound of a bullhorn. I look up from a table full of youth chipping and jabbing away at pieces of obsidian rock. “If you signed up for the second rafting trip, come gather under the tree” shouts a City of Eugene River House staff member. Two teenage boys ask me if I can hold their carefully sculpted pieces of obsidian while they raft. I wrap the bulky, sharp…


Added by Jennifer Steimer on July 10, 2014 at 10:17am — No Comments

The Natural Pond Experiment

When we decided to put in a small garden pond I had planned on it being a fun hobby for the family that would also make a nice extra feature for the yard. As soon as I started to research it some to see how to go about it, it became obvious that it was going to be far more than a hobby to pass a few hours of quality time but would provide a virtual laboratory full of science and environmental project as well. It is my favorite type of learning with the children – hands on with actual results…


Added by Reuben Dickison on July 4, 2014 at 2:47am — No Comments

Solar Lessons for Home

Building a garden shed was a unique learning experience for my children Aside from some basic vocational skills and safety lessons that are always good to teach, we used the Pythagorean theorem to keep things square to demonstrate real world uses for seemingly “useless” math, introductory physics with lever and fulcrum to show my nine year old how to lift a 250lb wall section and block and tackle to hoist small rafter sections to demonstrate the effectiveness of pulleys, and half a dozen…


Added by Reuben Dickison on July 4, 2014 at 2:13am — No Comments

"Pumpkins and Petunias: Things for Children to Do in Gardens"

Our book recently published book offers environmental education activities in gardens for children ages 2-8 years. You can check some of the content at

and, Barnes and Noble, and GoogleBooks. Here is a press release:…


Added by irene winston on June 30, 2014 at 8:11pm — 1 Comment

Sleeping in the Back Yard on a school night

Sleeping in the back yard on a school night. 

Friends hinted at my questionable mindset and even I pondered on the validity of doing it on a school night, but it had to be when the weather was fine. Myself and my two daughters were to spend a night camping in our garden. For…


Added by Lisa Lillywhite on June 27, 2014 at 1:29pm — No Comments

Rethinking the reli-bash agenda

Alright, confession time: for the past three years my parents have lived next to an expansive recreation park aaaand... I only stepped foot in there a few months ago. 
hang. head. shame. 
The too-hard basket is overflowing with potential reasons slash excuses: a[nother] sick pregnancy, an unwell…

Added by Claire Lock on June 21, 2014 at 3:11pm — No Comments

Using Haiku to Cultivate a Love of Nature and Enhance Environmental Education

I learned about your wonderful organization through a Facebook friend, and I thought you might like to know about my efforts to help children become more attuned to and appreciative of their natural surroundings. Please permit to elaborate:…


Added by Amy on June 20, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

Jennifer Young Learning Goals June 2014 Trip to Reggio Emilia, Italy

My journey into the practices of Reggio Emilia, Italy so far has really changed how I view learning.  I love the idea of adults…

Added by Suzanne Gabli on June 18, 2014 at 5:40am — No Comments

Suzanne Gabli's learning goals for June 2014 trip to Reggio Emilia, Italy.

I am so excited to see a dream come true. This trip to Italy will give me a whole new depth of what it means to be Reggio Inspired. This has been a 10 year journey for me; reading books, articles, workshops, meeting some of the most amazing Reggio inspired Authors, Artists,…


Added by Suzanne Gabli on June 18, 2014 at 5:37am — No Comments

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