Chiara D'Amore's Blog (2)

Reflections on and lessons learned from the first three outings of a new family nature club

The first outing of Columbia Families in Nature (CFIN) was on Sunday March 23, 2014 in Columbia, Maryland.   We had over 120 people signed up before I closed the event to any further registrants because 1) I didn't know what I would do with that many people on a hike and 2) I had paid to have the Maryland Department of Natural Resources come out and give a Scales and Tales presentation and I would have to pay extra for every person over 100 that showed up.   I learned a couple of great…

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Added by Chiara D'Amore on May 10, 2014 at 10:11pm — No Comments

Starting a New Family Nature Club: The practicalities of going from the inspiration to the realization

Inspired by participation in a Children and Nature Network (C&NN) Grassroots Gathering, in the fall of 2013 I began planning to start a family nature club in my hometown of Columbia, Maryland.  The C&NN has created a Nature Clubs for Families Toolkit that is an essential guide to creating a new club. My copy became quite dog eared and note-filled as I sought to heed the guide’s credo of “Do it yourself. Do it…

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Added by Chiara D'Amore on May 10, 2014 at 9:59pm — No Comments

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