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2013 Family Nature Summit

The 2013 Family Nature Summit was a huge success!  Over 350 people from all over the country met in Bar Harbor, Maine for a week of hiking, biking, kayaking, sailing, exploring, laughing, and learning.

Local ecology experts led field trips to areas around Mount Desert Island to teach about this area's unique habitats.  While other groups headed offshore on various sailing vessels - from kayaks to whale watching catamarans - to learn about the sea that surrounded us.  Truly an amazing…


Added by JS Hanlon on July 19, 2013 at 6:16pm — 1 Comment

fly fishing camp

I run summer camp programs that serve 1100 children in Maryland. This year we introduced a fly fishing week and with little advertising and late registration.   Despite the late introduction, we enrolled 15 boys age 7 to 12.  The kids loved the week so much we will run two weeks of introductory fly fishing and one…


Added by Joseph Richardson Jr on July 18, 2013 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Tulsi, Holy Basil


When we started growing Tulsi, 7 years ago, we had no idea it was a Hindu Goddess in plant form, considered sacred and worshiped for over 5,000 years.  Thriving in our tropical conditions, this divine aroma begged to be investigated.  Native to India, it's the primary herb of Ancient Ayurveda known as "The Queen of Herbs."  When introduced to Christian's, they named it Holy Basil.  In the class of Adaptogens, alternative medicine calls it "a highly…


Added by Angela B Holland on July 17, 2013 at 5:30am — 1 Comment

The Benefits of Mud Play


Planting Sunflower Seeds

Added by Mudpie Mama on July 14, 2013 at 2:59pm — No Comments

The Leveret Letters: Wild Tales By Mail to Re-Connect Children with Nature & Myth

Connecting Children to the Wild Magic of Nature Through Epistolary Stories …


Added by Sylvia Victor Linsteadt on July 5, 2013 at 2:07pm — No Comments

School's Out. Now What? TeachGreen Summer Reading List

I am the mother of four children, three boys and a girl. I will always remember the sound of the school bus as it came to a stop outside our front door on the last day of class. I still associate its screeching brakes with the energy that was unleashed in my household the minute my exuberant kids raced through the back door, shedding book bags and uniforms as they ran. I learned early on that the best way to channel an over abundance of youthful enthusiasm (and preserve the sane existence I…


Added by Elizabeth Milli on July 2, 2013 at 4:41am — No Comments

New e-book From Andrea Gordon and Toronto Star

Forest Kids:

Why the Modern Classroom is Moving Outside

By Andrea Gordon

Forest schools have long flourished in Scandinavia, Germany and Britain. They are places where children learn through free play, movement and hands-on experience in nature. Now, Canada is exploring the benefits of outdoor learning. Sangster Elementary in…


Added by Kari on June 25, 2013 at 9:26am — 1 Comment

The Peace Tree: Plant, Explore, Play, Celebrate!

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Added by Diana Fedora Tucci on June 22, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments


After many years of teaching at-risk youth and youth diagnosed with emotional and behavioral disorders in both a regular school setting and day-treatment setting, I took a slight turn in the path and became a wilderness therapy field guide and substance abuse counselor at a treatment center for wealthy young adults.  While spending lots of time hiking in the woods, I frequently found myself pondering about what the solution for prevention could be.  As my personal spiritual path took…


Added by Kelli Carmack on June 22, 2013 at 1:07pm — No Comments

Let the Forest Echo with Laughter this Summer

My wish for Summer is that all children, everywhere get to experience a "childhood summer" ....to be alive in nature, to feel it, breath it, taste it, smell it, see it, dance with it..wonder at it and with it.....to celebrate it!



Added by Marghanita Hughes on June 21, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Join the Great American Backyard Campout June 22

This post originally appeared in Slow Family Online.

The Great American Backyard Campout is Saturday, June 22. According to sponsors…


Added by Suz Lipman on June 21, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

It's National Pollinator Week! Have Fun Attracting Pollinators to your Backyard

June 17-23 is National Pollinator Week. It's a week to celebrate and educate about pollinating animals, such as bees, birds, butterflies, bats, beetles and others, which are extremely vital to our…


Added by Suz Lipman on June 21, 2013 at 10:28am — No Comments

Ain't no party like a dead fish party!

New blog post on decomposition - researching who ate the cool dead fish. 


Added by Beans and Bunny on June 19, 2013 at 9:47am — No Comments

On the importance of dads

I first shared this on my blog: www.kidsandnature.ca .  I felt that, with father's day coming up, I would repost it. My dad is a pretty cool guy.

When I was about ten, my dad and I went for a walk in the woods nearby what we called “the old cottage.”  The old cottage was built by my great grandfather out of stone at Cedar Point, on Georgian Bay and Dad was doing what all fathers do, helping me experience a little bit of his childhood.…


Added by Mike Bingley on June 13, 2013 at 12:56pm — No Comments

Up with the Lark


Dawn Chorus

Added by Mudpie Mama on June 5, 2013 at 12:22pm — No Comments

Camping with a One Year Old. We're Doing It!


Adventures in the Grass

Added by Mudpie Mama on June 1, 2013 at 1:08pm — No Comments

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