Added by Randy Eady on February 3, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments
World Wetlands Day - Wetlands and Forests
This is the theme for World Wetlands Day 2011, especially chosen because 2011 is the UN International Year of Forests.
To celebrate World Wetlands Day - I am giving away FREE copies of Nika And The Painted Turtle
Just leave a comment below and I'll send you your FREE ebook.
For any of you who are looking for an approach to photography that focuses on slowing down and observing the natural world around us from a new perspective, Chris Orwig has a fantastic book called Visual Poetry (2010, New Riders). Freeman Patterson called photography the "art of seeing" and Dorothea Lange gave a wonderful description of the camera as "a tool for learning how to see without a camera". Chris Orwig carries on where they left off, and provides a wonderful…Continue
Added by Shirley Hunt on February 1, 2011 at 10:27am — No Comments
I always appreciate when friends send me links to articles relevant to our program, and to encouraging people to slow down and take notice of the world around us. This one was sent from a friend in Vancouver, and it resonates with our philosophy at Focus on Nature, and with the movement to nurture the child-nature connection. It's a reminder that when we're trying to engage kids (or adults) in exploring the natural world through photography, the focus should be on awakening their senses and…Continue
Sunny 92.3 FM in Chattanooga reported this on their morning show:
Research shows that 19 percent of children ages 2-5 know how to use a Smartphone, but only 9 percent can tie their shoes, and more children…
Added by Jenni Frankenberg Veal on February 1, 2011 at 9:24am — No Comments
What is considered to be too cold for recess in Canada and the US differs from state to province. On our Facebook page, we had one mom reporting in Texas that kids are watching cartoons at their school when it is 15°C (59°F) outside because it is too cold. Then we have schools in Canada and the US that are outside when it –20°C (-4°F). …Continue
Chat overheard near the Veterans Park Croquet area, Delray Beach, FL:
A wee girl flatly stated to her new student, "Be careful, sometimes I forget my sippy-cup on the grass."
The eldster student, securing his cup's lid, replied, "I've done that before."
The embolden girl whispered conspiratorially, "Also, I get sooo excited playing, I forget to go to the…
I recently completed a short web video as part of the City of San Diego Parks & Rec web series. It follows Families Adventures in Nature as they explore Mission Trails Regional Park in San Diego. In the process it demonstrates the importance of reconnecting children to nature.
When children and nature mix, something magical happens.
Watch the video..........
Sadly today, children spend 90% of their time indoors.
I am passionate about getting children outdoors and connecting with nature. I believe if we inspire a love for nature in a child, it will lead to a desire to protect it. First we have to give children the opportunity and freedom to go outside and explore, discover…Continue
There are lists everywhere in our house. Grocery lists, honey-do lists, the lists go on… And this is where my husband and I found ourselves on New Year’s day, creating another list. Not an exciting list, not a bucket list or list of our favorite things, as usual, this list consisted of chores and mundane must do’s. All the “shoulds” lined up in a neat row waiting to be anointed with a holy “you are a good person” check mark. So, I am sure you can imagine my relief when Matt Polstein…Continue
Added by Sarah Hunt on January 19, 2011 at 10:57am — No Comments
There are many state and local parks accessible - even within walking distance that you might not even know about. Sitting down with your children to explore your own local maps and destinations is a wonderful opportunity to talk about how our land is preserved and the wonderful ways you can engage with it.
Simple ideas like
Added by Stephanie Rach-Wilson on January 15, 2011 at 11:22am — No Comments
We move to our new house this week and while clearing out his room, Samuel found a blank canvas. "Oh mum, can I do a splat painting for my new bedroom?"
"Of course you can Samuel" I said and gladly handed him my basket of paints.
He headed out to the back garden and lay his blank canvas on the snow.
Samuel was in his element.
He was completely and utterly free, wild and spirited…Continue
Added by Marghanita Hughes on January 13, 2011 at 12:04pm — No Comments
The Dragonfly. It is one of the largest insects you'll see around. Most people avoid them for fear of their biting or stinging abilities. Still, their helicopter-like flight makes us pause in amazement when they hover over ponds or in our gardens. It's just that they look like they could do some damage. In Newfoundland we've dubbed them with names such as horse stinger and devil's darning needle - the latter more common in areas settled by the Irish. My boyhood logic told me to avoid…Continue
Dave and I have begun the trip home (using modes of transportation that are much faster than our …Continue
Added by Amy Freeman on January 11, 2011 at 11:08am — No Comments
This article was written by Maureen Hanzel when she and four other folks affiliated with Shedd Aquarium joined the North American Odyssey, canoeing on the Yukon River…Continue
Added by Amy Freeman on January 11, 2011 at 10:45am — No Comments
I work at the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC), located in eastern Pennsylvania, near the Delaware River. Our mission is to advance environmental awareness, knowledge, and appreciation through hands-on experience in a natural outdoor…Continue
Added by Molly Jane Check on January 10, 2011 at 1:18pm — No Comments
As the education coordinator for Volcan Mountain Foundation I would like to bring kids onto the mountain for a near-by nature program...the funny thing is...here we are in the country, yet we will have to bus the kids there; while in the City of San Diego you have your canyons near-by for many kids to walk to!
We are currently creating an education program as part of their science framework experience, by getting them up on the mountain to learn about their own back-yard. We have been…Continue
Added by kathleen beck on January 7, 2011 at 12:56pm — No Comments
This silence in the timbers.
A woodpecker on one of the trees taps out its story.
Added by Page Lambert on January 5, 2011 at 10:29am — No Comments
When the weather gets colder and the leaves fall off the trees, it's easy to stay inside and
forget about the opportunities for outdoor recreation. The winter is a great time to hike
or camp, as long as you are adequately prepared for the activity. Your children will appreciate
the added challenges involved in winter camping.
When you are getting your gear together, don't forget a digital camera, and binoculars. …Continue