Thank you so much for meeting with us that day. We just got back from the trip on July 9th. We saw SO much!
The kids keep saying Homer was their favorite, though. I'm a beach kid and we were at the beach the day before we walked with you. I try to notice things - but you showed me a WHOLE new version on the same beach. I was fascinated with all the tidbits you shared on the walk. I hadn't noticed the coal or the chalk rock - or thought about the communities across the way.
We had an eagle go tidepooling with us in the fog the next day. We saw tons of the sandhill cranes and I got a photo of the baby the next day. We also had a moose come out next to us on the boardwalk - yikes! We backed off quick.
You are an amazing educator. Very inspirational to me. Wishing you all the best . . .
Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful hometown with us! Please keep in touch.
Hi Carmen. Looking forward to talking with you and others in San Diego about nature-based readings and nature-based activities at libraries. We start our pilot project next week, but with your activities in Alaska, and Amy Jenkins readings of her book at book stores, we have a lot of growing experience to tap into. I hope to bring together a small group off line at the Gathering to brainstorm this. Hope you can join us. All the best, John
Hi Carmen and sorry for the delayed response to this. For some reason I wasn't notified of your comment. I would love to have you bring nature to your library next year. I have started a pilot project for Naturebraries in Southern California which will begin in July with a Huntington Beach Library. If you come to the Gathering in San Diego, I will share the results with you and others. Libraries are a huge opportunity to reach thousands more kids and adults with our message to get outside for health and learning. Nature-based reading, following by nature-based activities, should be powerful and allow us to connect more deeply with the communities we serve. Thanks for your reply and hope to see you in September. Best, John
Hey Carmen, thanks for thinking of me! I found myself unconsciously but widely grinning as I looked through your new mud wallow pics; wonderful! I especially love "Mud bliss."
No wallow yet in Omaha, unless you count me wallowing in over-commitments.... :-)
Need a re-supply on the stickers? I've got plenty in stock due to a large winter print run that also brought costs down a lot; no charge to you, though! And I'm pondering if Green Hearts should do an annual edition sticker or two... 2011 candidates so far are Puddle Power, Worm Worship, and Dig to China! What d'ya think? Any suggestions?
P.S. Getting to the Gathering this year? Looks dubious for me, thus far.
The activity Guide os great! Love the bracelet idea as well as the Un-Nature Walk. Very cool. I've started a blog (www.theelementsdc.blogspot.com). More ideas and things to do in the Winter woods. Ironically - I am obsessed with the Iditarod and starting next week - we have the kids participate in the Elements Fantasy Iditarod pool and then the foolowing week - we have our own Elements Idita-run. No snow, no dogs, no sleds - but still lots of fun!
Hi Carmen! I have a favor to ask. When I just logged onto C&NN, your "Hiding from Bears" photo was showing -- it's a really wonderful shot, one of many you have posted! Would you allow me to use any of them for Green Hearts' work -- e.g., presentations, website, and maybe an occasional publication? I'd choose specific ones, and give you a list first. If you're uncomfortable with it, or there are legal issues, I'll certainly understand. But please let me know, when you get a moment; they'd bring smiles to Green Hearts' audiences! Continuing best wishes to you and your work!
Many thanks for your note. I just love this Mud Games Day idea. These are memories kids will forever cherish. Brings me back to some of my own muddy days many moons ago in Sacramento. My mom was so gracious when she saw me walk in the back door. The routine was always the same: strip and shower and dump the clothes in the washer if they could be saved. How about a Mud Games Day for adults?
Thats great, Carmen! I'm glad the event was a hit. If you are interested, Get Outside Day is a day of action to get youth of all ages outside, so we would love it if you would register your event at naturalleaders.org and post your photos to the flickr group. Though the Natural Leaders Network itself involves members between 15-29, this day of action is to celebrate and get all youth outdoors in nature. Check it out and register if you are still interested! Thanks again, Tiffany