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At 2:50pm on July 13, 2013, Michele Whiteaker said…

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.
At 8:44am on July 7, 2011, John Thielbahr said…
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
At 11:31am on June 16, 2011, John Thielbahr said…
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
At 10:23am on May 24, 2011, Ken Finch said…

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.



At 9:14am on May 23, 2011, Suz Lipman said…
Hi Carmen! Glad to hear that the 2nd annual Mud Games at the Wallow went so well! You had quite a large turnout. What fun. I look forward to seeing all the muddy pictures. Cheers!
At 6:36am on March 1, 2011, Margaret Rietano said…


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!

At 6:06am on February 21, 2011, Margaret Rietano said…


I would love to brainstorm with you on activities for kids and the winter elements.  Granted the elements that we contend with at ELEMENTS DC are not nearly as cold as yours in Alaska!

Let me know if you want to chat/email.  

Margaret Rietano

At 8:18am on October 1, 2010, Ken Finch said…
At 5:24pm on September 18, 2010, Ken Finch said…
I like the bumper sticker photo idea! :-)
At 7:13am on September 18, 2010, Ken Finch said…
I'll get 'em in the mail on Monday. Happy mudding! (And somehow the idea of 100
Green Hearts bumper stickers in Alaska kinda tickles me....)
At 10:38pm on September 17, 2010, Ken Finch said…
Many thanks, Carmen! As for the Got Mud stickers, just let me know how many you need and where to send 'em. We'll barter photos for stickers -- and I get the better half of the deal! :-) Best to you.
At 7:43am on September 17, 2010, Ken Finch said…
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!
At 7:26am on August 4, 2010, Suz Lipman said…
Congrats, Carmen! Good going. I can't wait to see the handbook.

>Our coalition just received USFWS funding to print a Grow Outside in Homer handbook, modeled after the one by LNCI of Greater Cincinnati :)
At 12:06pm on May 21, 2010, John Thielbahr said…
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?
At 9:33am on May 21, 2010, Suz Lipman said…
Have fun at the Mud Games today!!
At 5:59pm on April 4, 2010, Tiffany Saleh said…
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
At 1:10am on March 7, 2010, Stacie Hall said…
Just trying to keep up with your brilliance! :-)
At 10:53am on February 25, 2010, Juliet Robertson said…
Hi Carmen

I hope you don't mind but I took the liberty of blogging about your Iditanature event. http://creativestarlearning.blogspot.com/

Feel free to visit and comment.

Best wishes
At 1:40am on February 25, 2010, Juliet Robertson said…
That would be brilliant. This could be the start of a world wide mud games trend!
At 2:47pm on February 24, 2010, Juliet Robertson said…
Hi Carmen

I loved your idea about "Mud Games for Children" - Will you be sharing what went on? I think this suggestion could go global!

Best wishes

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