Thank you so much John for the lovely comment. Being bilingual in English and Spanish, I think it's so important to educate our children at home about so many aspects in nature and the community. I hope that you tell me more about the teacher's tools you have in Spanish or bilingual. I would to cooperate.
I will be at the Gathering in CA in Sep, so look forward to talking to you more then about bringing kids and nature together via library programs. I spoke with the woman who runs our library's summer reading program and she shared with me that the national program (Collaborative Summer Library Program - cslpreads.org) tends to start planning for the following summer's theme around January 1st. Have you or any other C&NN folks contacted people with this organization to suggest a kids & nature theme for next summer's (2012) national reading program (which lots of cities participate in)? I can imagine so many ways to promote getting kids outdoors through a kids in nature theme for the national program - books + associated weekly events and activities! And not just targeting children, but also teens and even adults through the summer reading program - our library just started a teen summer reading program this year and hopes to add an adult program next year (we could provide libraries with a bibliography of nature play/kids in nature books written for adults, as the list grows each year). It'd be so cool to have a kids in nature theme at libraries around the country next year. Take care, Carmen
P.S. I'm reading the Magic Tree House series to my daughter and she really, really wants a treehouse now :)
I loved your Get Reading Outside essay! I'd be interested in bringing your idea to our community library for next year's summer reading program (this year's slate has already been set).
My family camps for a weekend each June with a bunch of friends and kids across the bay from where we all live. Last year we spent quite a bit of time singing camp songs and reading around the campfire with worn out kids while supper was cooking...here's a photo from one of our camping book sessions (with my friend Emily Otis reading Lucky Hares & Itchy Bears to the kids).
Thanks for the kind words! You can indeed follow my students on their journeys. I have had reporters join me on excursions on several occasions to document our fun in nature and help spread the word of the great work of Inner City Outings. Also, I have many students who have been on dozens of trips from 5th all the way to college. I would be interested in conducting a more formal study of the influence on such trips over time. Now that I see where you are from, if you do not know my best friend and biggest influence of what I do, Donal Wilkinson, then you must look him up. He lives in Moscow and runs Adventure Learning Camps (you'll find it online with a quick search). If you don;t already know him, look him up.
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Hi John, Nice to "meet" a falcon fan. Yes, peregrines are awesome! We love the Peregrine Fund/World Center for Birds of Prey and they have offered their expertise from time to time to our Raptors in the City program. As you probably know, they are in large part responsible for saving the species from near extinction.
We send out the "Falcon Flash" e-newsletter, during nesting season (late Feb.-June) - weekly bulletins from a skyscraper nestsite with expert commentary and pictures as we watch the nesting activities in real time. Just send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with subscribe in the subject line. It's pretty cool because the chicks almost always hatch during Earth Week, and they fledge just as our school kids "fly" out of school in June. Deborah Mathies, raptorsinthecity.org
Hi John! Thanks for your comment. I am thrilled to be connected to C&NN. The entire first semester of fifth grade is spent exploring Ecology by visiting and studying the various ecosystems in the Hampton Roads region- and of course that includes the Chesapeake Bay... it is fantastic! I am always looking for ways to make it more connected, more integrated and something that lives and breathes in our classroom. I can't wait to be involved more in C&NN. Yes- I am Joe's daughter-in-law. I am married to his oldest son, Joey. Great to meet you!
Very nice to meet you .. class of '88 here, great experience. Have stayed active over the years. RE: Get Outside Day, we've submitted a proposal to ForBenefit clients as well as reached out to Juan and Amy. Look forward to continuing our dialogue.
Thanks for the suggestions, John! I was fairly mortified when I clicked back on the home page and saw ALL of my posts under "recent activity". The LAST thing I want to do is put myself into the category of "spammer". Boo. I think a Colorado Group would be an excellent addition--and I will look more carefully at how to post in the larger forums (I actually considered that, but thought it might seem like more of a sweeping marketing ploy versus relationship building). Do you think it would be worthwhile to post something about Stalking Education in one of the discussion areas? or is the events section the only place it needs to be? I really appreciate any additional feedback you might have--and apologize if my actions were mistaken in any way. Thank you! Ariella
Thank you, John,
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Hi John--Thanks for the note and good to see a photo of you! Suzanne had a wonderful experience at the gathering and I was so glad it worked out for her to be there and meet everyone. I think some good partnerships will come out of this. I am checking on a formal MOU that 4-H National HQ might have to start a process of working together with C&NN particularly on this neighborhood nature club concept.
Right! "Letters" can be found in many places and things in nature! It's fun to look for them...and you begin to "see" shapes, textures, and even letters. Another good activity to help children "see" nature is the "color hunt" with paint sample cards. Lowe's has some great ones with squares cut out to exactly match the color to things in nature. We need to learn to look for things in nature..sometimes it takes a little practice! Everything is not just "green" and "brown" !!
Thanks, John...here is a link to pics of our Alphabet Hunts.
and I also have an Alphabet Trail we use for "my name starts with.." and "my favorite thing I saw at TCP starts with..." and just a hop scotch in the woods!