Thank you Juliette! I hope you enjoyed the interviews. The full series has 30 in series 1 and I'm on my way to another 30 in series 2. Wonderful people inspiring and working together for a wonderful movement. Richard Louv is part of my upcoming Series 2, quite an honor to connect with him and hear him share his passion.
Hi Juliet! I'm heading over to the UK for the IPA conference in Wales in June/July. Any chance you are attending? If not, we should think about how to meet up while I'm overseas. It would be a priviliage to get to know you and all the fantastic work you're doing in Scotland!
I hope we can do something good together here. I'd like to share experiences and maybe projects, and find the way to make them known by as many people as possible. Especially children. It would take very little for them to discover and love nature, but most of parents and teachers do not know. And we all lose a great occasion.
Season's Greetings Juliet from Toronto. Thanks for reaching out.
I'd be glad to join the discussions. My wife and I have been editing/publishing our non-profit Green Teacher magazine for almost 20 years now, and have also published 6 books. You can learn more about both, and freely view a digital version of a recent back issue at www.greenteacher.com. Our focus is on publishing innovative ways to connect children, 6-19 years of age, to the natural world.
I should also mention that Green Teacher started in Wales in 1996. We started what was to be a Canadian edition in 1991, but the UK edition failed shortly thereafter. Within a few years, we ceased viewing ourselves as Canadian and have been welcoming contributions from around the world ever since.
With that introduction out of the way, I look forward to the discussions and contributing in any way that I can.
Great to hear from you. Yes, I do indeed know Sue, and helped her to get Forest School started in Norfolk. I'm now making sure that all of our trainee primary and early years teachers here at Anglia Rusking University get to hear about Forest School and are offered the opportunity to learn outside with me at least once during their training.
Anglia Ruskin University
It would be great to connect with you. I am the admin of the Earth Scouts Network which is a program of the Earth Charter U.S. organization. It would be great to migrate and import Earth Scouts into the UK! Let's talk about possibilities. Looking forward to hearing from you!
Thank you Juliet! It was great to hear from you. I have a "thing" for Scotland (and am in love with various parts of it including the lovely isle of Skye, the Callendar (sp?) area, and Edinburgh).
Focus on Nature is almost into its 3rd year as a program, and we're still developing it in new and surprising directions. We've been focused a lot on building partnerships, and are finding that photography can be a valuable tool for discovery, both in classrooms, but also in outdoor education centres and for environmental projects.
I wasn't aware that photography for young people is growing in interest. Let me know if you hear of anyone else doing this kind of work - we'd love to swap ideas.
I just went to a terrific conference in Canada, hosted by Evergreen (the Canadian national school ground organization), and thought of you. Sue Humphries was the keynote speaker and did a wonderful job of inspiring everyone. Evergreen is doing terrific things with school grounds across Canada. Have you seen their work? www.evergreen.ca
Thanks for the comment but could find no Terri Harrison on the CNN website. Could you forward her my details or help in anyway. i would love to see what she has been doing in research terms.
All th best
It would be great if you could make the 25th March, if you can we can have a chat about themes etc Let me know if you can make it.
The SLF was good, reasonably busy, a lot of interest in outdoor learning, particularly from early years practitioners.
A lot of people at the Woodlands for Learning seminar and we were well attended at our national parks seminar too.
Bye for now