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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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…Continue
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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…Continue
My wish for Summer is that all children, everywhere get to experience a "childhood summer" ....to be alive in nature, to feel it, breath it, taste it, smell it, see it, dance with it..wonder at it and with it.....to celebrate it!
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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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"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.…
-- Richard Louv, author of "The Nature Principle" and "Last Child in the Woods"
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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?"
Say hello to Orange Moon who, with a full heart and the magic of nature…Continue
Last month, whilst back home in Scotland, I heard about a primary teacher from Peebles who was running forest school classes. I was intrigued how she was able to incorporate such classes into the school curriculum and wanted to learn more. Here is my short interview I had with the wonderful and inspiring Annie Edgar. (Later in the week, I was fortunate to visit the forest where Annie holds the classes. I took my niece and nephews with me. We had the most magical time and…Continue
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Getting ready for my nature art classes is always very exciting.
Of course the real magic begins when the children arrive. When children and nature mix, something magical happens.
To celebrate the International Year of the Forest, I decided to hold my nature classes in a forest setting this year.
Finally got to hang up the Little Humbugs Forest…Continue
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.
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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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.
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!
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…Continue
Now that Spring is finally here, we try to walk or cycle home from school at least once a week. It takes about an hour – it’s up hill all the way!
But boy is it worth it…
I love the simple things in life-like sharing these precious moments with my children in nature- Magical!
(Note: He wears a helmet when cycling!).
Come on mum!
Half way view.…
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”.
My heart is filled with joy as I watch my teenage daughter at one with nature. It is so natural, so pure.
Like most girls her age, she is discovering being a teenager can be stressful.
Time in nature allows her to reconnect with what is real, what is true.
Sharing that time with her is precious.
Our time spent together in nature not only calms us but brings us closer…Continue
Why I felt compelled to start up this organization: Like so many, I have been connecting children with nature for most of my adult life but it wasn't until several months ago that it really hit me how catastrophic the disconnection between children and nature had become and the consequences it has brought about. My heart sank when I read that children spend 90% of their time INDOORS. As a mother and a naturalist this disturbed me deeply. I…