I am perusing the posts and resources to see where I might fit in. At present I am writing a couple of activity guides to teach kids about the natural history of dogs. I feel it's a direct link to nature that some kids have right under their noses but don't learn about. And of course, their dogs get them out walking. I spent 15 years as a nature interpreter working with kids outdoors (for gov't, non-profit and privately) and loved it but we have moved and there is not as much opportunity for me to connect with the teachers and kids as I used to do (despite having a perfect wooded park and lake literally on my front doorstep). Was a facilitator for the Project Wild, Wet etc programs, and teaching others how to lead guided nature programs with kids and adults. I have been involved in the "Young Naturalists" group but that was also several years ago. I finally read "Last Child in the Woods" about 4 months ago and much of my experience dove-tailed with what he found in his studies.
Hi, Suz! I am currently auditing a class @ university on getting children, specifically students, outside enjoying nature; but as a retired teacher, am looking at the information for volunteer opportunities. The class is offered to pre service teachers through the Conservation Department. If the program is funded by the university, I will be qualified to teach the courses! As a Master Naturalist, I am often presenting to students, and have been asked to be the contact for our school district's early childhood program with the Dept. Of Conservation.
Hi Suz. Thanks for the welcome. I have already enjoyed browsing the sight and gotten lots of great ideas for the family nature club I am dreaming of starting in our community. Still a dream at this point, but getting closer to reality! Glad to have found this network.
Hello Suz, This is Heidi Ahrens from the Outdoor Baby Network. I would love to follow up on the conversation we started very briefly in September. My email address is email@example.com or my number 970-355-9982.
I already joined the Place-based education group and look forward to learning about other cool happens and groups on C&NN. EcoApprentice is a new application, but ripe for some creative collaboration with other educators and eco-minded professionals looking to innovate and share ideas.
Thanks for the warm welcome to what looks to be a wonderful resource!
Thanks for welcoming me to the forums! I am a middle school student who wants to learn more about nature. I recently graduated from Cornell Cooperative Extension's Master Gardener Program and am excited to get involved in some volunteer work, especially involving conservation and nature. I hope to be a contributing member to the forums, and get to know people as well. I have recently read a book called "Last Child in the Woods" by Richard Louv, and it was there, as well as several articles in magazines and online that I heard about the Children and Nature Network. I have always been interested in getting more of my friends (and future friends) to appreciate nature. I have written several short essays on nature-related subjects, and I was wondering if there is an appropriate thread for posting these.
Thanks Suz. I have young kids and I am looking to get them involved in nature and
Outdoors more so that they can stay away from the electronic world!
I just finished reading Richard Louv s 'the lost child in the woods' and I feel
That this book has come to me at a great time in my life when my kids are young!
I live in Columbus but I will try to be active in the network.
Thanks for the welcome message. I look forward to the resources provided by this network and becoming connected with educators who share my passion of the outdoors. This profession is so rewarding and I am excited to see what is going on the the world of Outdoor Education throughout the nation and beyond.
One World Adventure Company has a great calender of events for 2012! Updates coming soon!!
Thank you for the warm welcome! The topic of this group is right up my alley. I am an educator/author/ and gardener. I have felt very motivated to share the wonders of nature with young children for many years. This is a great tool for me, and I hope I can help the network as well.
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Thanks for your note! I'm a junior at Carleton College, in MN, and I'm a "student naturalist" who leads tours of Carleton's 880-acre nature preserve. I read Last Child In the Woods, which really spoke to my own experience growing up (I think I'm lucky not to have nature-defecit, but I see its effects all around me) and also the benefits that I always felt from being in nature.
Right now I'm looking for a summer internship in environmental education- please let me know if you have any ideas!
Thank you very much for your comment and for the welcome . I am happy to be a part of C&NNconnect. As a MD , working Holistic and Family Medicine, I will be more than happy to be part of future discussions .www.Clearimagemiami.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good morning Suz & thanks for the warm welcome... and actually, it's Corky, not Gerald. Haven't been Gerald since day two of my life... And yes, Acadia National Park is an incredible National treasure... I did some strategic planning & team building/leadership development with the the park's full-time interpretive staff last year, and even got to take them on a four hour kayak adventure on the ocean... my interest in joining here is that I do strategic planning for schools, do leadership development for teachers, and in my past, was founder and director of Shaver's Creek Environmental Center for Penn State University. I look forward to being part of future discussions. Thanks so much, Corky
Thanks for the nice note Suz. I'm interested in the forum for lots of reasons, but mostly to discuss our local movement in Northern Colorado with others here. The group is called Children and Nature Connection - www.kidsnatureconnection.org
I've also been managing a study funded by Great Outdoors Colorado called Plug in to Nature as well www.larimer.org/plugintonature We're hoping that this study can be a template for other communities to identify the specific barriers families face in their locale and generate community based solutions. Here it's generated a lot of excellent ideas for breaking down parents issues with time and access.