Marghanita Hughes's Blog (34)

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

Join the "Let's Go Outside" Revolution

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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…

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Added by Marghanita Hughes on March 3, 2011 at 10:13am — 2 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

Childhood: Where The Wild Things Are…

Samuel and his friend head out for an adventure. They are off to to build a gang hut in the woods next to the waterfall where the wild things roam.

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Remember your childhood? Children need to be allowed to roam free and be wild.

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Richard Louv-An Inspiration

Richard Louv is a journalist and author of…

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Added by Marghanita Hughes on November 11, 2010 at 10:10am — No Comments

Let’s Talk…Let’s Give Children Back Their Childhood

Let’s give children back their childhood.

Children are spending less time outdoors than ever before. “Let’s Talk” is a new online talk show asking QUESTIONS, getting ANSWERS so that YOU can take ACTION!

We ALL have a part to play in this revolution. Watch the videos:…



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Added by Marghanita Hughes on October 30, 2010 at 8:54am — No Comments

Rocks, Leaves and Autumn Breeze

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The Leaf Dancer

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Take a walk and see what you can find below the trees.

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Chestnuts, acorns and lot’s of leaves.

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Down by the lake, hunt for rocks in the Autumn breeze.

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Why not try making one of these….

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Nature friends dancing

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Acorn Boy and…

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Added by Marghanita Hughes on October 15, 2010 at 2:01pm — 1 Comment

Getting Kids Outside – Connecting With Nature

Nature play nurtures a child’s body, mind and spirit.

When children and nature mix, something magical happens….Watch the video.











What a joy it was to share time with these children in nature…………Thank you! This event helped raise funds for children suffering from Cancer. The funds will go towards the …

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Added by Marghanita Hughes on September 24, 2010 at 8:45am — 1 Comment

Children and Nature Give Joy to All

Building the Biggest Butterfly Girl Fairy House for Charity (part 2)



Getting kids outside and connecting with nature couldn’t be more FUN!



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Upon arrival the girls were spotting all the Butterfly Girls hanging in the trees.



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Once everyone had arrived I handed out some chalk and asked the children to draw their favorite animal, bird or…

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Added by Marghanita Hughes on September 8, 2010 at 10:06pm — No Comments

Kids Need Nature-Build a Fairy House

This post and the following 2 posts are dedicated to my beautiful friend Don who allowed me to hold this magical event in his grounds, a nature haven for wildlife.

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The Butterfly Girls of Summer Charity Event 2010 (Biggest Fairy House – Kelowna 2010)

These days, a typical child spends only 4 to 7 minutes outside each day. Compare that to the 7½ hours daily the average kid uses electronic

media, according to the…

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Added by Marghanita Hughes on September 5, 2010 at 9:07am — 2 Comments

Eating Outdoors - Fresh From the Garden

Picking Peaches Barefoot

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What a joy it is to be able to walk outdoors and pick fresh fruit from your own garden.

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Growing your own fruit and vegetables is a great way to get kids outdoors and connecting with nature. Not only do they get to eat the freshest, most delicious organic food going,…

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Added by Marghanita Hughes on August 26, 2010 at 4:47pm — 4 Comments

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