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Taking AuNatural out of Nature: Pixalated Play Could Have Serious Consequences

As most of us are well aware, virtuality already deprives many children of time spent in the 3-dimensional, natural world.  But is there danger in 3D?

Does mediated, 3D exposure alter the area in a child's developing brain responsible for processing 3D images as well?

One major…


Added by Randy Eady on March 7, 2011 at 11:00pm — 3 Comments

"Green Play Prescription" Nature Deficit in Youth a Hinder to Future Economy; Grants Awarded

US Play Coalition Awarded 3 Research Seed Grants Last Month, Cites Research on Play as Critical to Health. 

Grants Sow Seeds for a Greener…


Added by Randy Eady on March 7, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Time Shared In Nature Gives Joy To All


My heart is filled with joy as I watch my teenage daughter at one with nature. It is so natural, so pure.


Like most girls her age, she is discovering being a teenager can be stressful.


Time in nature allows her to reconnect with what is real, what is true.


Sharing that time with her is precious.


Our time spent together in nature not only calms us but brings us closer…


Added by Marghanita Hughes on March 7, 2011 at 10:30pm — 4 Comments

A Year Long Nature Comparison Between Hemispheres

For all of 2010, on my blog, Seasons South and North, I posted a monthly observation guide comparing the nature of a place in the northern hemisphere - Britain - with a place in the southern hemisphere - the Atlantic Rainforest of Brazil. I have gathered all of the posts together into one document and offer it here (as a link, I am afraid, as I could not manage to upload it here) to any who may find it useful:



Added by Anne Morddel on March 5, 2011 at 1:59am — 1 Comment

Falcon Watch - courtship

The 2011 peregrine falcon nesting season is underway at Boomer and SW's home sweet home located on the 12th floor ledge of a skyscraper called "Tower City" in downtown Cleveland, Ohio (look for red label showing nestbox location).…


Added by Deborah Mathies on March 4, 2011 at 2:25pm — No Comments

Join the "Let's Go Outside" Revolution


Why I felt compelled to start up this organization: Like so many, I have been connecting children with nature for most of my adult life but it wasn't until several months ago that it really hit me how catastrophic the disconnection between children and nature had become and the consequences it has brought about. My heart sank when I read that children spend 90% of their time INDOORS. As a mother and a naturalist this disturbed me deeply. I…


Added by Marghanita Hughes on March 3, 2011 at 10:13am — 2 Comments

Falcon Watch - nesting season begins

Welcome to the 2011 "Falcon Watch" about the peregrine falcon - fastest creature on earth! We will study and watch one peregrine falcon family during nesting season, approximately late February into June. There has been a nestbox on the 12th floor of "Tower City" in Cleveland, Ohio since 1991.

SW is the resident mother falcon……  …


Added by Deborah Mathies on March 1, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

It's time to plan your IditaNature challenge!

IditaNature is just around the corner - it starts Saturday, March 5, 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 ice cream,…


Added by Carmen Field on February 28, 2011 at 11:15pm — 2 Comments

Strength by Numbers

I am currently joining forces with Dr. Joe Baust of Murray State University to introduce his former Environmental Education students to the Children & Nature Network.  We are currently in the process of contacting his past EE students and encouraging them to become members of the Children & Nature Network.  We are hoping to expand this online community of people who share a passion for nature. 

I am very excited about the opportunity to be a part of the Children & Nature…


Added by Diana Hunt on February 27, 2011 at 2:13pm — 1 Comment

Reflections from the 2011 Good Jobs Green Jobs Conference


I recently got the chance to represent the Sierra Club Youth Delegation at the 2011 Good Jobs Green Jobs Conference in Washington D.C., February 7-10th.  In preparation to speak on the panel entitled Sowing the Seeds for a Greener Future: Preparing Youth for a Green Economy, I started to reflect on what has given me the employment opportunities I’ve had so far in environmental-related…


Added by Matthew H. E. M. Browning on February 23, 2011 at 7:38am — 2 Comments

The Lower Mainland Green Team in BC

Looking for a constructive way to help the environment? 

We’re a group of people from all over the Lower Mainland who get together once a month (sometimes more) to help an environmental group, non-profit organization, charity or city tackle an environmental issue that needs co-operation and teamwork to get done. Gloves and tools will be supplied as well as refreshments! If you care about the environment, this is the group for you! Some activities will include:

• Pulling… Continue

Added by Lyda S. on February 22, 2011 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Video: Exploring the relationship between children and nature.

I wanted to share this video titled Logos vs Leaves  from UNC-TV's Exploring North Carolina and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (via iTunes University). Middle school students, a North Carolina governor, a teacher and a camp director (Sandy…

Added by Karen Bryant on February 22, 2011 at 7:57am — No Comments

Wilderness Classroom Photos

Added by Amy Freeman on February 20, 2011 at 3:54pm — No Comments

Nevada Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights

Nevada gets kids outdoors with a Bill of Rights - here's the website: 


And here's my take on it:




Added by ConEddie on February 18, 2011 at 9:38am — No Comments

A Sled Dog's World

In last week's Cast Your Vote, students chose the topic to focus on for this week.  The vote was overwhelmingly in  favor of learning about how the sled dogs communicate and work as a team.  We decided to consult an expert on this topic. . . so this week's Notes from the Trail is written from the perspective of Fennel the sled dog.

Bark bark.  Oh!  Excuse me.  I forgot that you don't speak dog.  Sorry about that.  Well, I am Fennel.  To find out more about me, check out my…


Added by Amy Freeman on February 15, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Creative, Celebratory Experience of Nature and Ancient Customs


Engage younger and older people in gardening by constructing a labyrinth from flower bulbs.

The labyrinth can provide a unique, facilitated alternative to traditional playground activity, and the process promotes planning, collaborating and sustainable community connection.

Organize a planting, and enjoy the labyrinth as a temporary and beautiful construction that can be mowed after the bulbs…

Added by Randy Eady on February 11, 2011 at 4:53pm — 1 Comment

Polar Bear Rules


By Russell Gienapp from http://www.activekidsclub.com/fresh-air-living/feature/tiger-moms-vs-polar-bear-moms.html

Much attention has been given to the iron handed…


Added by Kari on February 10, 2011 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Helping hands, smiling faces and lots of enthusiasm!

Photo by Peter Merts - Amazing volunteers from the GAP!

Volunteers from Barclays working hard on Nature Circle Card Sets!…


Added by Avery Cleary on February 7, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Conference on the Value of Play --Layers in Another Clear Deficit

Those of us operating in relation to Park and Rec facilites with ample outdoor features are often lucky enough to get to see how kids thrive and grow through playful interaction with nature and each other.

Though, as we know only too well, most children aren’t getting outdoors enough, and that is creating a “play (as well as nature) deficit.”

Next week, a couple of hundred experts gather at Clemson University to explore the distinctive value of play.

The Conference on…


Added by Randy Eady on February 4, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

Expedition Planning and Preparation

Greetings from Norman Wells, Northwest Territories, Canada! We arrived just a couple of days ago. Ellen, Van, Dave, and I spent ten days driving all the way from Minnesota. We hauled our twelve sled dogs, two sleds, plus most of our food and dog food in a big trailer. Ten days on the road might seem like a long time, but really all of the planning and preparation for this trip took much longer.

About a year ago we began to research our route and contact people living and traveling in…


Added by Amy Freeman on February 3, 2011 at 9:25pm — No Comments

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