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EarthWrite Program Inspires Natural Wonder Through Writing

Fourth-grade teachers at Lookout Mountain Elementary School in Chattanooga, Tenn., have implemented an informal writing program, EarthWrite, which they say encourages wonder and inspiration in the outdoors. According to teachers Susan Frankenberg and Cindy Jayne, the response of their students to EarthWrite is nothing short of remarkable...

Read more about EarthWrite at:  http://www.youroutdoorfamily.com.…

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Added by Jenni Frankenberg Veal on June 9, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

Meeting Dr. Edward O. Wilson: A reminder of the important work to be done

From the blog: www.YourOutdoorFamily.com

 

I became a fan of Dr. Edward O. Wilson in the late 1990s while I was working at the Chattanooga Arboretum & Nature Center, an environmental education center and arboretum in Southeast…

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Added by Jenni Frankenberg Veal on April 29, 2012 at 10:23am — No Comments

Growing a Naturalist

In his book Naturalist, famed American biologist and writer Edward O. Wilson describes his evolution as a biologist as beginning during in childhood when he wandered beaches each summer:

“Hands-on experience at the critical time, not systematic knowledge, is what counts in the making of a naturalist. Better to…

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Added by Jenni Frankenberg Veal on March 22, 2012 at 10:23am — No Comments

Spring Break Keeper Kids at the Tennessee Aquarium Connects Kids with Nature

The Tennessee Aquarium recently hosted author, blogger and naturalist David Mizejewski – the voice of the National Wildlife Federation – in Chattanooga to promote the benefits of outdoor play and environment-based activities such as the aquarium’s Spring Break Keeper Kids program.…

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Added by Jenni Frankenberg Veal on March 19, 2012 at 6:47am — No Comments

Natural Playscape at Chattanooga Preschool Transforms Outdoor Playtime

Highland Plaza United Methodist Preschool in Hixson, Tenn., is changing the way their students spend time outdoors. The preschool has converted a traditional playground and land surrounding their school into a wooded wonderland, an enchanting natural playscape that encourages children to wonder and explore outside.

Vicky Flessner, the preschool’s director of 21 years, and her staff, with the assistance of parent volunteers, have worked for four years to raise funds, map out and design…

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Added by Jenni Frankenberg Veal on March 19, 2012 at 6:18am — No Comments

Holiday Book List: Wild Words to Inspire Kids

By Jenni Veal for Nooga.com:

"For the children? They must grow up upon the best. There is never a time when they are unequal to worthy thoughts, well put; inspiring tales, well told.” – British educator Charlotte Mason (1842-1923)

Consider giving the gift of books this holiday season, with a Charlotte Mason twist: living books that inspire and cultivate an interest in the natural world.

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Added by Jenni Frankenberg Veal on November 20, 2011 at 6:51pm — No Comments

Wild Words Can Change Your Life / YourOutdoorFamily.com

I have been absorbed with reading Annie Dillard lately, which has me thinking about the life-changing effect that nature writing and good books can have on our lives and perspectives...

Read more about my experience reading Dillard's essay "Living Like Weasels" to my 7 and 9-year-olds at http://www.Youroutdoorfamily.com.

 

Jenni Frankenberg Veal

Freelance Writer

Chattanooga,…

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Added by Jenni Frankenberg Veal on November 2, 2011 at 6:47am — No Comments

The Making of a Naturalist

By Jenni Veal for Nooga.com:

 

Scientists from most disciplines agree that science and conservation efforts today and in the future will absolutely require naturalists, individuals who understand the natural world around them. However, if naturalists must be groomed in childhood, society as a whole – and particularly parents – must address how children are spending their time each day.

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Added by Jenni Frankenberg Veal on October 30, 2011 at 7:07pm — No Comments

Wonder Together: The Inspiration of Charlotte Mason

“We were all meant to be naturalists, each to his degree, and it is inexcusable to live in a world so full of the marvels of plant and animal life and to care for none of these things.” - Charlotte Mason

 

I was given a copy of Susan Schaeffer Macaulay’s book For the Children’s Sake: Foundations of Education for Home and School when my oldest daughter began kindergarten. The school she was to attend follows the philosophy of a revolutionary British educator, Charlotte…

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Added by Jenni Frankenberg Veal on October 30, 2011 at 6:44pm — No Comments

Treehouse Wedding Memories from Chattanooga, Tennessee

My husband and I have been married for 10 years now, and occassionally we forget our romantic beginnings. We met during the design and construction of the George S. Bryan Discovery Forest Treehouse at (what is now) the Chattanooga Aboretum and Nature Center in Southeast Tennessee. I was the nature center’s director and Monty was the artist / contractor who designed and built the 750-square-foot treehouse in the arms of a 250+…

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Added by Jenni Frankenberg Veal on July 23, 2011 at 8:59pm — No Comments

Fairy Houses: Outdoor Imaginary Fun

 

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Added by Jenni Frankenberg Veal on March 5, 2011 at 8:53am — No Comments

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 ch…

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…

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Added by Jenni Frankenberg Veal on February 1, 2011 at 9:24am — No Comments

What the world needs now: Treehouses!

Find a treehouse near you or be inspired to build one yourself. More info at http://www.youroutdoorfamily.com.

Let's go play outside!

Added by Jenni Frankenberg Veal on August 25, 2010 at 7:27am — 1 Comment

Biking with Kids: The Right Equipment Makes All the Difference

So glad to join this network of nature-minded writers.

I wanted to share my recent blog about biking with kids, which can be found at http://www.youroutdoorfamily.com.

I enjoy hearing what work others are doing and am open to contributions for my blog, which focuses on all things related to the outdoors and ways families can enjoy the outdoors together.

I look forward to learning…

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Added by Jenni Frankenberg Veal on August 15, 2010 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

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