In an unprecedented collaboration, over thirty major organizations have joined forces to invite young Americans to discover nature by entering the Robert Bateman "Get to Know" Contest. These partners include the Children & Nature Network, the US Forest Service, US Fish & Wildlife Service, National Wildlife Federation, the Wyland Foundation, and many others. The Get to Know Contest invites any American age 18 or younger to go outdoors, to "get to know" their wild neighbors, and then to… Continue
"Nature-deficit disorder” has made it into the Journal of Mammalogy [90(2):265–269] - THE NATURAL HISTORY CONUNDRUM REVISITED: MAMMALOGY BEGINS AT HOME by Peter D. Weigl (Department of Biology, Wake Forest University, Winston–Salem, NC 27109, USA)
Putting the fun into being green ... is the theme of my book out this month, Grow Your Own Tree Hugger: 101 activities to teach your child how to live green. It just received a most positive review from Rebecca Johnson, a top 10 Amazon reviewer and was referenced by Sara Snow, TV Host & Green Living Expert on www.treehugger.com....it makes a good adult read too. Helping kids to think sustainably can evolve into being as commonplace as brushing their teeth or buckling their seat belts if… Continue
Just posted at http://www.childrenandnature.org/blog/
Sep 21st, 2009 by Richard Louv
A while back, I wrote about a terrific book in this space, and mentioned there was more to come. So here’s Part II.
Doug Tallamy is professor and chair of the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, and the author of “Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens”, a book I’ve endorsed as “the perfect antidote to the… Continue
Added by Richard Louv on September 22, 2009 at 9:30pm —
When we launched our statewide campaign for afterschool programs, Celebrate Afterschool! Outdoors in the GardenState we:
First, hosted a launch at our Annual Statewide Afterschool Conference in November . we partnered with NJDEP, Gov Commission on Environmental Education, the Sec. of State's office and the Association of NJ Environmental Educators. At this Annual conference 1/3 of the workshops were provided by our partners.
We provided… Continue
Why your child needs more time outside
by Kathleen F. Miller http://www.blueemu.com
Apr 01, 2007
Does your child have "nature-deficit disorder"?
In his 2006 book, Last Child in the Woods, Richard Louv coined that phrase, and it's been inspiring discussion ever since. More than ever before, Louv says, children are out of touch with nature, instead staying inside, plugged in to television and other electronic… Continue
Added by Alice Hohl on September 18, 2009 at 8:30am —
Yesterday, a new visitor and new friend to The Cabin Path! Bill Mickler of Wilderness Works contacted me about bringing some groups out for workshops. His work is amazing! While walking our trails, he told me that he grew up watching "Daniel Boone" on tv, and he always wanted to be like him! I think he has achieved his dream! A different time, and different circumstances, but he is truly a trailblazer! He and his group are taking the… Continue
The Student Conservation Association is hosting a Green Your School Contest for all high schools.
The contest presents a fantastic opportunity for high school students to receive recognition for environmental projects that they are working on and to receive funding to continue or start new sustainability projects. It also presents teachers with the opportunity to merge hands-on and student based learning strategies with community involvement, science and… Continue
Each 1970’s and early 80’s summer in Oakland, California meant freedom. Summer meant my friends and I left our houses as early as we could, and dreaded the sight of flickering street lamps in the evening. We sometimes spent an entire day riding our bikes to the nearest convenience store 5 miles away, or roaming the neighborhood by roller skate or “tennis” shoe.
Today I wrote a blog post that I would love to share. While it's about children and nature, it's also about a whole lot more.
“Childhood is the fiery furnace in which we are melted down to essentials and that essential shaped for good.” ~ Katherine Anne Porter
As a writer, and I hope, a thought-leader on childhood issues, I spend a lot of time speaking to parents, educators, and other grown-ups. Today, I want to speak to the kids. Hopefully, some of their grown-ups… Continue
Added by Bethe Almeras on September 16, 2009 at 1:02pm —
The Children and Nature Grassroots conference is over, and I am overstimulated. Head around the resort lake, then off the path into the clear bright creek to lie flat in the high altitude sun. Here's a photo of what it looks like, ten feet off the asphalt path..
Added by Ellen Haas on September 15, 2009 at 12:02pm —
"You are not alone if you are a community based nonprofit and trying to figure out how Twitter can help your organization, but Twitter’s famous simple question, “What are you doing?” is exactly what your supporters want to know. If you focus on that, it may really help you tell your story better than the most highly crafted, polished,… Continue
As American childhood has steadily moved indoors in the past 12 to 15 years, outdoor play is increasingly rare. The weekly indoor-outdoor time ratio is now about 10 to one on the indoor side. We wondered what effect this modern "indoor childhood" is having on the quality of K-12 education and the average student's readiness to learn in the classroom.