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Is the Truckee enough nature for now?

I read something this week that rang true in a way that made me think, and worry. It was the most recent "nature tip" from Dr. Scott Sampson, of Dinosaur Train fame (in addition to being a paleontologist, he writes about connecting children and nature). Here is what he said.



Added by Tara de Queiroz on March 25, 2013 at 8:48am — 1 Comment

Getting started in the garden

Before becoming a mother, I spent summers studying montane wildflowers, coastal butterflies, alpine seedlings, and badland plants. I lived in various cabins in meadow and forest, an historic mining shack, and a tiny beach cabin. I worked in factories and restaurants and offices, too, but always lived in smaller towns where I could walk to a natural area from my house.…

Added by Tara de Queiroz on March 21, 2013 at 1:42pm — No Comments

Rebirth, Rejuvenation, Regeneration... In the Log Motel!

Get kids of all ages outdoors this spring to discover the awesome ways nature renews itself.  Play and discover outdoors everyday in nearby nature.

Super Natural Child: Superheroes ACTIVATE! Imagine, Explore, Play, Learn, and Protect Nature.…


Added by Diana Fedora Tucci on March 21, 2013 at 2:12am — No Comments

Planting the Seed to Celebrate Spring

Let's Go Chipper is an award-winning nature-inspired, play-based learning program for parents, educators, and communities. Through a series of stories, apps, activities, and community programs Chipper and friends  educate and enrich children pre-k through third grade.

“In the middle of it all, pause and look around you. Appreciate what’s beautiful. Take in the love. Nod to what’s good and true. And then move forward one step at a time.” — Kathy…

Added by Stephanie Rach-Wilson on March 20, 2013 at 4:40pm — No Comments

Earth Day is K.I.W.I. Day!

Hello everyone! Earth Day is K.I.W.I. Day! Join us as we launch our fun, innovative & safe programming on April 22!

Visit www.kidsinthewoodsinitiative.org for registration details!

Added by Mark Yearwood on March 12, 2013 at 12:31pm — No Comments

Your choice: outdoors or eyeglasses

  "Urban eyes" is an article in Science News, Feb. 9, 2013, p. 22-25.  It shows
that nearsightedness and myopia have risen significantly (from 25 to 42% of the
US population in one generation).  It suggests that the reason is too much
up close reading.  The solution--get kids outdoors because myopia points to
cataracts, glaucoma, or a detached retina later in life.

Added by Eleanora I. Robbins, PhD on March 7, 2013 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

Gardening: Fostering Compassion in Children

Compassion fosters a feeling of connectedness and peace

Gardening is all about Compassion

Gardening is a wonderful way to connect children with nature and foster compassion.

Gardening is tending to the soil with…


Added by Marghanita Hughes on March 5, 2013 at 1:55pm — 1 Comment

Play Time In Nature is Magic Time!

Hello everyone! Get outside with your kids for some unstructured play time in nature, and watch the magic happen! Read about Kids In the Woods Initiative--K.I.W.I. on TorontoMomNow!…


Added by Mark Yearwood on February 28, 2013 at 8:07am — 2 Comments

Nature Workshops for Early Childhood Educators

SPRING April/May/June

How to Actively Engage Children with Nature through Art.

The first six years of a child’s life are really important in their development. Being in nature ia a really dynamic place in which to learn.



Added by Marghanita Hughes on February 27, 2013 at 11:36am — No Comments


IditaNature is just around the corner - it starts in just 3 days...on Saturday, March 2nd, just like the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race! Challenge your kids, family, friends, or students to spend as many minutes outside as the Iditarod is long in miles...so 1,150 minutes or 17+ hours over two weeks. If they meet the challenge, the reward can be whatever you dream up. Prizes of outdoor gear or doing something fun together in nature: go out for…


Added by Carmen Field on February 26, 2013 at 9:49pm — 2 Comments

Join the Great Backyard Bird Count

I am very excited about the Audubon Society and Cornell Lab of Ornithology's upcoming Great Backyard Bird Count. It takes place Friday-Monday, February 15-18, all over North America.…


Added by Suz Lipman on February 15, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments

Online show and chat with Leonore 13.02.13 09-10 PM EST

Grab a glass of wine, cup of hot chocolate or whatever you fancy and join us on our 4th online event on how to embrace winter and get your family outdoors.

What will happen when founder of the Freerangekids.com meets Polar Bear Mom to talk about getting kids outdoors?…


Added by Kari on February 12, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments

March 9, 2013 Event: Star Gazing in the CREW Watershed.

March Stargazing in the CREW Watershed

CREW Land & Water Trust

Saturday, March 9, 2013

from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EST)

Immokalee, FL…


Added by Linda S. Jacobson on February 9, 2013 at 1:24pm — 1 Comment

Waldkindergarten - Forest Kindergarten in Germany

This blog post has come from my regular blog, I'm a teacher, get me OUTSIDE here! But I thought visitors to Children & Nature Network might enjoy this too.

Whilst attending the 4th International Skogsmulle Symposium in Japan, several presentations were given. This is a guest post by Anita Egle, a Swede who resides in Germany and has run Skogsmulle sessions in Bavaria since 1989. It is a written…


Added by Juliet Robertson on February 9, 2013 at 2:17am — No Comments

Take your Child Outside with Lucy and Flint

 TAKE YOUR CHILD OUTSIDE with Lucy and Flint. This is a way of getting parents and grandparents to participate in taking their child outdoors.
We provide a small rucksack containing Lucy the Bird Keeper Fairy and and Flint the Dragonfly…

Added by Marghanita Hughes on February 6, 2013 at 1:48pm — No Comments

Hope for a Greener America

In his inaugural address, President Obama made the environment a top priority for his second term. Many were surprised by his resolve. However I wondered…was this truly a shift in government policy, or was something else at work here?


As I began to look for answers, I was pleasantly surprised to find that many eco-friendly programs have already been set into motion and are gaining…


Added by Elizabeth Milli on February 6, 2013 at 11:24am — 2 Comments

National Park Service Makes Family Music CD to Help Connect Kids with Nature and our Parks

"Songs for Junior Rangers" is a 20 song CD that was recently released by the National Park Service to help connect families to the parks through music. It covers a variety of topics from sea turtles to the Tuskegee Airmen in a diversity of music styles from hip hop to a polka to jazz, blues and more.  Most of…


Added by Jeff Wolin on February 4, 2013 at 2:53pm — No Comments

Have Some Shadowy Fun on Groundhog Day

Just in! Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow. He predicted an early spring on Groundhog Day.

Groundhog Day, February 2, has basically everything going for it that I love in a holiday -- It marks a…


Added by Suz Lipman on February 2, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments

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