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Mombie Tonic

"Today, the long-held belief that nature has a direct positive impact on human health is making the transition from theory to evidence to action... And many of us, without having a name for it, are using the nature tonic. We are, in essence, self-medicating with an inexpensive and unusually convenient drug…

Added by Claire Lock on April 29, 2014 at 4:24am — No Comments

TODAY!!! in the OC Register

Hello Friends
The upcoming road trip that I am calling Dakota Goes USA is featured on the cover of today’s pet page of the Orange County Register Newspaper.  The story can also be viewed if you are an online subscriber at the following link. (subscriptions can be done on daily basis of $2)
I’m excited to get…

Added by Dakota Goes on April 28, 2014 at 8:29am — No Comments

Earth and Rosie!

 Started a new Blog called  Earth and Rosie which aims to provide parents, teachers, or anyone looking for fun, educational content, and deas for teaching kids earth stewardship and sustainability.  Drawing from a variety of sources that include the Little Earth Charter, Curious Kids TV and my own eco songs, the blog will share new posts once a week.

I've been working as an environmental educator, singer/songwriter and kids TV…


Added by Rosie Emery on April 24, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

Nature is a Puppy

Finding meaningful connection with nature is difficult for the average urban dweller. Some of us simply don’t know how—without a prescribed activity, we are at a loss. Others are bored unless nature offers something tangible, like something to speed through, climb up, jump over, or zip past.

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Added by Denise Dahn on April 22, 2014 at 12:20pm — No Comments

Dakota Goes USA

Hello Friends!

Follow us across the United States on and help raise funds for CHOC (Children's Hospital of Orange County) and C&NN (Children & Nature Network). We will travel through nature beginning May 1st to inspire kids and parents to get outside and have some fun. Go to and click on the Dakota Goes USA page to find out about our…


Added by Dakota Goes on April 21, 2014 at 1:04pm — No Comments

Registration for the 2014 Manitoba Nature Summit has begun!

We are super excited to announce that we have begun registration for the 2014 Manitoba…


Added by Corine Anderson on April 18, 2014 at 10:04pm — No Comments

Introducing The Green Beans & the Litterbugs: Ecofriendly Entertainment for Kids

I am pleased to announce the launch of The Green Beans & the Litterbugs at…


Added by Elizabeth Milli on April 18, 2014 at 10:49am — No Comments

"If it was raining syrup, I would take the roof off my house and get all of it!"

Last month the Nursery class at The Miquon School in Conshohocken, PA, continued our investigation of how all living things are connected and how we rely on each other and other living things to meet our needs. Our field trip to Weavers Way Co-op gave us a closer look at the farm-to-market process and…


Added by Celia Cruz on April 17, 2014 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

Pants Not Required

Perhaps it’s because he’s my second child and the crazy obsessiveness I exhibited with my first child has left me… mostly. Perhaps it’s because I thought our little adventure wouldn’t take us very far from the car and, honestly, I really didn’t want to carry anything. I’m not sure why we started on our journey without a diaper bag but we did. And we learned an important lesson that day.

If your child drinks a lot they will require more frequent diaper changes. You’d think I would…


Added by Jessica O'Connor on April 7, 2014 at 8:32pm — No Comments

hummingbirds, pyramids and poetry

Social media feeds are really delivering the goods on the nature play front. There's three things in particular I can't get out of my head: hummingbirds, pyramids and some super fresh…


Added by Claire Lock on March 29, 2014 at 2:39am — No Comments

Weather? Whatever!

Whether the weather be fine

Or whether the weather be not.

Whether the weather be cold

Or whether the weather be hot.

We’ll weather the weather whatever the weather,

Whether we like it or not.…


Added by Elissa Brown on March 26, 2014 at 11:27am — 2 Comments

Default mode: hustle

"once she stopped rushing through life, she was amazed how 
much more life she had time…

Added by Claire Lock on March 24, 2014 at 7:16pm — No Comments

A New Puzzle in the Explorers' Classroom

A new rainforest puzzle was recently introduced to the Explorer classroom. One of the best parts of working in an educational environment is that something as simple as a new puzzle can inspire lots of learning and collaboration.

The long colorful puzzle features many exotic birds and animals that live in the rainforest.  As soon as the puzzle was completed, Ethan, one of the…


Added by Ann Courcy on March 24, 2014 at 5:06pm — No Comments

The Slow Nature Movement

Slow Nature is catching on fast.


“Slow” Movements are really popular right now: Slow Food, Slow Fashion, Slow Parenting, and many more.

Now, there’s Slow Nature. (It’s about time, right?)

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Added by Denise Dahn on March 20, 2014 at 12:54pm — No Comments

Momma Goat Toy Teaches Children About Birth

Because we live on a farm, our children have very few unanswered questions when it comes to life and death. Our first goat kidding season was one of the most awe-inspiring experiences we've had on our little farm. It was that excitement and wonder that inspired me to create a toy that would answer some questions and bring that joy to all children.  …


Added by Steph Allosso on March 18, 2014 at 8:28am — No Comments

Cedarsong Forest Kindergarten's Emergent Curriculum - Feb. 2014

Cedarsong Forest Kindergarten newsletter – Feb. 2014 ©Erin Kenny 2014


February weather ranged from freezing cold temperatures, with ice, snow, frost, and heavy winds to sunshine and barefoot days. Signs of spring are now everywhere throughout the forest: buds on twigs, alder catkins dropping from the branches, pollen visibly drifting through the air, leaves emerging on the elderberry bushes and nettles popping up here and there. Flying insects have emerged from…


Added by Erin Kenny on March 9, 2014 at 2:43pm — No Comments

It's Parks it local!

So we are in the middle of Parks Week Australia and New Zealand (3 - 9 March) and so far, our little family has been to a park three out of the four days, so we're definitely getting in the spirit!

What is Parks Week? Well its an annual celebration of the important role that parks play in contributing to the health of our…

Added by Lianda Gibson on March 7, 2014 at 12:07am — No Comments

JMT Adventures - the 22-Day, 210-Mile Hike of a Lifetime


An early connection with nature is essential to healthy development. At JMT Adventures, we don't just want to connect kids with the outdoors--we aim to foster a love for nature that will last a lifetime.

We provide an immersive nature experience unlike any other, leading teens on a 22-day, 210-mile thru hike of the John Muir Trail (JMT).  Campers will sleep under the Sierra stars and wake up to the morning…


Added by Daniel Fogel on March 5, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Childhood Is Sacred


Childhood is a very special and magical time. Childhood is sacred.

Childhood is when we learn about the world and ourselves, and provides a foundation of who we’ll be in the future. That is why it is so important to have experiences in nature, exploring the “Wonder” of it all.



So many have forgotten and have…


Added by Marghanita Hughes on March 3, 2014 at 4:37pm — No Comments

Keep Parental Adrenalin In Check

Sound faded away as my heart stopped.  I sucked in a breath so I could frantically yell, “Get down!  What are you doing?!”  My precious little boy was precariously balancing on a tree root, probably only millimeters thick.  This tiny root holding my 2-year-old was jutting out over angry water that was certainly miles deep and so cold hypothermia would set in instantaneously.  Is that gale force wind I feel?  Surely the next gust would cause my son to lose his already perilous…


Added by Jessica O'Connor on February 19, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

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