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OUTDOOR SPACES & CLASSROOMS When children and nature mix, something magical happens. I am fortunate to witness that magic every day in our outdoor classrooms. With Spring time just around the corn…

OUTDOOR SPACES & CLASSROOMS

When children and nature mix, something magical happens. I am fortunate to witness that magic every day in our outdoor classrooms.

With Spring time just around the corner, what better time to start thinking about creating an Outdoor Space or Classroom.…

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Added by Marghanita Hughes on February 3, 2014 at 3:08pm — No Comments

We are of the Earth

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I was writing notes for my speech for the Nature Education Conference in New Zealand and it sparked a visual idea that I had to draw. It seeded the theme of what will ultimately become the main thread of my talk.

We are of the Earth.…

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Added by Marghanita Hughes on October 14, 2013 at 8:35am — No Comments

We Protect What We Love

Our Children are the Caretakers of Tomorrow: In this book we celebrate nature and art, opening the hearts and minds of children - inspiring them to explore the wonders of the natural world and thier own unique creative…

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Added by Marghanita Hughes on August 24, 2013 at 7:10am — No Comments

Keeping the Enchantment of Childhood Alive

If you answer YES to all of these questions you may wish to join this amazing journey in helping to grow "The Garden of Love"

1. Do you wish to help keep the enchantment of childhood alive?

 

2. Do you believe that picture books and telling stories are important in a child’s life?

 

3. Do you care about the future of our Natural World?

 

4. Do you believe in nurturing compassion, love, truth, respect and peace in our…

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Added by Marghanita Hughes on August 11, 2013 at 5:19pm — 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…

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

Nature Workshops for Early Childhood Educators

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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.

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Added by Marghanita Hughes on February 27, 2013 at 11:36am — 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…
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Added by Marghanita Hughes on February 6, 2013 at 1:48pm — No Comments

Richard Louv Connecting with Kids through Nature Art

"Never before in human history have children lived so remote from nature," said Louv at a Community Action Toward Children's Health event on Saturday at Kelowna's Rotary Centre for the Arts.

"As computers take over more of our lives, it is so important to get kids outside for activity and play where they are engaged and use their imagination.…

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Added by Marghanita Hughes on December 13, 2012 at 5:02pm — 1 Comment

"A beautiful book that illuminates the crossroads of nature and art"- Richard Louv

"A wonderful toolkit for natural teachers everywhere."

-- Richard Louv, author of "The Nature Principle" and "Last Child in the Woods"

"It begs us to get outdoors"…

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Added by Marghanita Hughes on September 27, 2012 at 11:46am — No Comments

Storytime in Nature

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BOOK LAUNCH

I am super excited to announce the launch of my new children's book "Orange Moon and the Grandmother Tree".

I am looking for 5 reviewers to review my picture book which launches on 27th January 2012.

Just answer the question below:

"What was your favourite OUTDOOR activity as a child?"

Book Summary:

Say hello to Orange Moon who, with a full heart and the magic of nature…

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Added by Marghanita Hughes on January 9, 2012 at 9:36am — 2 Comments

Creativity - Learning Outdoors

"Creativity," says Ken Robinson, "is as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status."







Creativity involves putting your imagination to work.



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Being Creative In Nature - Trees and Leaves



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Added by Marghanita Hughes on September 15, 2011 at 2:05pm — 1 Comment

UNPLUG AND HEAD OUTDOORS - BE THE REVOLUTION!

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WANT HAPPY HEALTHY KIDS?

Then UNPLUG and step OUTSIDE  into the REAL WORLD.

IT'S FREE !

And it's waiting for you. Mother Nature wants to share her magic with you.

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It really is that SIMPLE!

This is a video of our first Revolution event-inspiring others to change the way children spend their time.

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Added by Marghanita Hughes on June 14, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

What's Your Childs Favourite Outdoor Activity?

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LINDSAY LOVES TO CHASE SQUIRRELS.

A few weeks ago I had the privilege of sharing time outdoors with a class from Peachland Elementary. I was visiting the school to help promote the "Let's Go Outside Revolution". Schools and teachers can play a big part in helping children connect with nature. Here are just a few of the topics we will cover for the video series.

  • Bringing nature to the classroom.
  • Green your schoolyard - start a vegetable…
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Added by Marghanita Hughes on May 31, 2011 at 11:59am — 2 Comments

Lets Go Outside Revolution...Getting Kids Outdoors!

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Last night I was up late making banners and cutting strips of material for a cause I hold dear to my heart. Getting Kids Outside!

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Tomorrow is the launch of the "Let's Go Outside" Revolution, a non-profit organization with a mission to actively engage children with nature. (Revolution Website launches 29th April).

The Let’s Go Outside Revolution is about growing a generation of happy…

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Added by Marghanita Hughes on April 14, 2011 at 12:07pm — 2 Comments

What Is More Important?

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It’s the second week of our Spring Break. Even though the kids are on holiday, like so many mums, I still have to juggle work – illustrations to be completed, orders to be dispatched, a laundry pile to be tackled, emails to be sent and phone calls to be made.

As I sat in front of my computer replying to emails, Sam appeared, his face beaming with excitement. “Check out this squirrel mum, it came right up to me while I was on the deck”.

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The…

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Added by Marghanita Hughes on March 30, 2011 at 10:46am — 2 Comments

Time Shared In Nature Gives Joy To All

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

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

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

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Sharing that time with her is precious.

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

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

Introduce your kids to the local wetlands

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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.

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Added by Marghanita Hughes on February 2, 2011 at 2:58pm — 3 Comments

We Are All Connected

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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…

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Added by Marghanita Hughes on January 20, 2011 at 2:28pm — 2 Comments

Art Attack In The Garden

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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.

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He headed out to the back garden and lay his blank canvas on the snow.

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Samuel was in his element.

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He was completely and utterly free, wild and spirited…

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Added by Marghanita Hughes on January 13, 2011 at 12:04pm — No Comments

Oak Leaf Mobile – Outdoor Christmas Fun For Kids

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Had the wonderful pleasure of spending time with artist Annabel Stanley. Annabel has her own vineyard in the Central Okanagan, from which she uses the vines to weave her baskets and sculptures.

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Annabel Stanley outdoors making willow wreath.

Willow Mobiles and Stars make wonderful Christmas decorations!

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Here’s a short…

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Added by Marghanita Hughes on December 8, 2010 at 5:27pm — 1 Comment

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