Added by Chloe on May 17, 2013 at 8:12am — No Comments
Lotto's Super-Awesome Unbelievable Park Adventure is all about outdoor discovery and adventure for the three kids in the book. And this weekend, Lotto, his brother, Armond and his sister, Riley are helping get kids outdoors - so to speak.…Continue
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.
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Added by Suz Lipman on February 15, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments
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…Continue
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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…Continue
"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…Continue
Added by Jeff Wolin on February 4, 2013 at 2:53pm — No Comments
As part of our ongoing Project FeederWatch unit, our class has been learning about the birds we observe at our feeders. These kids are amazing! They come into class every day excited to share stories about the birds they have seen at home -- they love to report that they are able to identify birds for their parents and are…Continue
Added by Melissa Ryan on January 28, 2013 at 7:00pm — No Comments
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Do you work with middle and high school youth? Do you have teamwork and collaboration skill outcomes for your programs?
If so, we'd love your input into some new tools we are developing!
The Science Museum of Minnesota and University of Minnesota are working to develop surveys for program staff and evaluators to measure teamwork and collaboration skills in science and nature out-of school time programs. We are in the planning stage of developing these survey tools. We…
Added by Amy Grack Nelson on January 27, 2013 at 7:17pm — No Comments
Groundhog Day, February 2, has basically everything going for it that I love in a holiday -- It marks a…Continue
Added by Suz Lipman on February 2, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments
We should all be worried about the gaping psychological chasm separating humanity from nature. Indeed a strong argument can be made that bridging this divide deserves to be ranked amongst the most urgent 21st Century priorities. Yet so far the human-nature divide hasn’t even made it to our cultural to-do list.
For the past several decades, numerous scientists and environmentalists have been telling us that we must change our ways and strike a balance with nature, or face…Continue
Added by Scott D. Sampson on January 23, 2013 at 11:20am — No Comments
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt within the heart. – Helen Keller
Being Green. Thinking Green. Outdoor Green. Garden Green.…
We humans have a rather bizarre relationship with nature. We seek out nature to stroll, run, bike, rollerblade, climb, swim, skydive, surf, sail, commune, birdwatch, whalewatch, and stargaze, spending billions of dollars a year gearing up for and traveling to these activities. While there, we collect bugs, rocks, driftwood, fossils, counts of bird species, or, most commonly these days, photographs. Closer to home, we grow nature in our gardens, place it in pots that adorn our living spaces,…Continue
Added by Scott D. Sampson on January 3, 2013 at 12:19pm — No Comments
Added by Ann Courcy on December 31, 2012 at 8:31pm — No Comments
Arriving at our backyard “sit spot,” Jade and I didn’t have to wait long before the familiar chickadee duo appeared in a nearby thicket and began chirping happily. A male robin patrolling his territory wasn’t far behind, his pulsing crimson breast pumping out a gorgeous melody. Next to emerge, seemingly out of thin air, was a pair of song sparrows, who began a staccato of “seep-seep” calls. “I’m here.” “Yes, I’m here too.”
Suddenly, like a lighting strike, the calm morning…Continue
Added by Scott D. Sampson on December 31, 2012 at 1:52pm — No Comments
Three years ago I was introduced to a wonderful holiday celebration. Stephen was attending a great preschool and the holiday season was approaching. Notices came home saying that a Winter Walk was planned and parents were invited to join in. During the weeks prior to the walk-date the children strung popcorn and cranberries, dried fruit slices, covered pinecones with peanut butter and…Continue
Added by Ann Courcy on December 24, 2012 at 5:56am — No Comments