Thank you, Sir... You engaged our children and will forever cause people around the world to see the importance of
exploring their world.
climbing a hill.
facing their fears.
having "nakie" time.
finding magic in a special place.
finding a way to express themselves.
a warm dinner at the end of the day.
Our oldest came in the kitchen while I was fixing dinner last night (turkey burgers) and saw me sporting the new CRPA (Cowpasture River Preservation Association) hat that I got in the mail today. She giggled and said, “Do you like your new hat, Daddy?”Continue
Added by Chip Donahue on October 12, 2011 at 12:02pm — No Comments
School starts up again for me tomorrow. Wow! I really can’t believe that.
With that said, it explains why I have been trying desparately to check too many things off of a day’s list lately. A hike here, a visit there, a book read and a house cleaned.
While visiting the library, I stumbled upon a sweet treat: Pioneer Naturalists: The Discovery and Naming of North American Plants and…Continue
Added by Chip Donahue on August 11, 2011 at 8:52pm — No Comments
In January of 2008, Ashley and I started Kids In the Valley, Adventuring!, a free nature club for families in Roanoke, Virginia (www.kidsadventuring.org). Since then, we have connected with wonderfully creative people around the United States and beyond who have started their own nature clubs. To increase our conversations and to document them to help other families, we created a facebook page for leaders as well as the NING…Continue
“When people connect with nature, it happens somewhere. Almost everyone who cares deeply about the outdoors can identify a particular place where contact occurred. This may have been a wilderness, a national park, or a stretch of unbounded countryside, but more often the place that makes a difference is unspectacular: a vacant lot, a scruffy patch of woods, a weedy field, a stream, a green ravine…Continue
One of my students just raised her hand and said she wanted to go home.
I asked her why and she mumbled something that sounded like
"I want to go home and play on tree limbs."
I replied with, "That sounds great! I haven't climbed a tree in a long time."
One of her fellow classmates remarked, "Mr. Donahue, she didn't say tree limbs. She wants to play on Free Realms." This is some sort of online video game. My students are 7…Continue
Our 7 year old has a way of, let's say, amping things up. Each event has to be a bit more dangerous than others. In fact, he is the reason that the City of Salem Parks and Recreation cut all the lower branches out of the trees at Longwood Park. He is a skateboarder and a tree climber. He is, indeed, an outdoor artist.
On one particular day, again at the same park, Parker decided to take his bike for a ride around the paved area - yes, the one that now says "No bikes." This was his…Continue
Cold, snow too deep to trudge with little companions.
Homework and dinner, stories and bedtime.
The time comes and goes. I find myself wishing for those moments when I could pick up my kids after work and drive off to a local park for some time together. Our green hour, or half or so. Now, there's nothing but white and cold and early sunsets.
But last night, as I was watching Richard Louv's presentation for the Blank Foundation, I felt the warming rays of…Continue
Added by Chip Donahue on September 16, 2009 at 7:08am — No Comments