Hello Suz! Thank you for your kind and warm welcome! How refreshing it is to see such a large community of fellow nature lovers at C&NN.
I published a short reflection of an outdoors youth leadership conference that I helped create in March on my profile's blog. I hope I can inspire other adults on this network to keep believing in young people!
Thanks, Suz! So nice of you to offer your personal welcome -- that makes me feel good! Thanks too for your kind words about One Man's Wonder. I checked out your blog -- love your premise, though, in your intro, I'm surprised you didn't include nature in the sentence about connecting with "yourself and with each other."
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I'm looking forward to seeing your posts -- keep up the good work and thanks again for the welcome!
Thanks for your note, Suz. I've posted some photos from Saturday's muddy fun on my page here. My favorites are the mud-encrusted teens, the muddy raincoat-clad family (they had quite a mud fight!) and the one of the father holding his muddy baby as they wait for a rinse-off...this dad brought both his young kids into The Wallow. He was awesome! Cheers, Carmen
Thank you Suz for the welcome. I've already been sharing informaton about C&NN on facebook and with friends, summer camp owners, and teachers. I feel I've finally found a place that understands my concerns about the disconnect between people and nature and how this is an especially important issue for children growing up.
Warm greetings from Turkey. Reading this 'If it’s true that people are self-interested creatures at heart, journalist Richard Louv has a message for humankind: Think not only what we can do for nature, but what nature can do for us.' has inspired me to share our moto with you. In our fliers we had written 'kids need nature- nature needs kids'. So no matter where we're in the world our green minds work in the same way : ))
Thank you for the message. I'm excited to utilize this site and the resources.
I received a spam email from this group from someone named "Bella". I am not sure how to send it directly to you but I am posting it below. How do you handle issues like this? Will this person be removed from the group? It appears as though the comment has been removed from my Wall.
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A little over a month ago my 10 year old daughter asked me to start a meetup group. We are homeschoolers, we take frequent nature walks,...she wanted to meet other girls her age to share these experiences with. We initially called it "Girls Outdoors" Homeschool Meetup Group. I was unaware of the G.O. movement at the time. We realized that we didn't want to exclude the boys, so we quickly changed it to "Get Outdoors" GO, I thought how clever. Not as original as I thought! Now I come to realize there is a whole movement!!! Wow, this is something I am really passionate about. The outdoors is a natural classroom, a fallen log the perfect place to sit and "Drop Everything And Read". It has been a challenge to get our group outdoors. Even though the 30 some odd families in our group are homeschooled and therefore have a seemingly more flexible schedule, it does not always translate to more outside time. I am working to get us together and Outside! I know this is a wonderful way for children to build friendships and thrive. I really would like to be able help the kids get involved in service projects--stewardship,....caring for local environments.