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So glad to be a part of the Grassroots Leadership Conference!
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jennifer Ward Sep 15, 2009.


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Martha Cook commented on Chip Donahue's group Natural Families
"I made a Nature Time Calendar in an attempt to connect with the natural world in a more visceral way: I wanted a calendar that would reflect a physical experience of the changing seasons, and it had to be different enough to get me out of my…"
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Roaring and Gnashing! Long Live Maurice Sendak!

Thank you, Sir...  You engaged our children and will forever cause people around the world to see the importance of

exploring their world.

making mistakes.

climbing a hill.

facing their fears.





having "nakie" time.


finding magic in a special place.

feeling sad.

finding a way to express themselves.

a warm dinner at the end of the day.



Posted on May 8, 2012 at 8:58am — 2 Comments

Do you like your new hat Daddy?

Our oldest came in the kitchen while I was fixing dinner last night (turkey burgers) and saw me sporting the new CRPA (Cowpasture River Preservation Association) hat that I got in the mail today.  She giggled and said, “Do you like your new hat, Daddy?”

 Yes, indeed I do.  These busy days have me pining over the leisure hours and days we spent…


Posted on October 12, 2011 at 12:02pm

As the summer winds down for me…

School starts up again for me tomorrow.  Wow!  I really can’t believe that.

With that said, it explains why I have been trying desparately to check too many things off of a day’s list lately.  A hike here, a visit there, a book read and a house cleaned.

While visiting the library, I stumbled upon a sweet treat: Pioneer Naturalists: The Discovery and Naming of North American Plants and…


Posted on August 11, 2011 at 8:52pm

Advice FOR Natural Family Leaders BY Natural Family Leaders

In January of 2008, Ashley and I started Kids In the Valley, Adventuring!, a free nature club for families in Roanoke, Virginia ( Since then, we have connected with wonderfully creative people around the United States and beyond who have started their own nature clubs. To increase our conversations and to document them to help other families, we created a facebook page for leaders as well as the NING…


Posted on August 8, 2010 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

Paging Robert Michael Pyle, this one's for you.

“When people connect with nature, it happens somewhere. Almost everyone who cares deeply about the outdoors can identify a particular place where contact occurred. This may have been a wilderness, a national park, or a stretch of unbounded countryside, but more often the place that makes a difference is unspectacular: a vacant lot, a scruffy patch of woods, a weedy field, a stream, a green ravine…


Posted on March 9, 2010 at 6:10pm — 1 Comment

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At 5:33pm on September 10, 2012, Herb Broda said…

Hi Chip--

  Thanks for the kind words-- it was a pleasure meeting you at the Gathering.!


At 7:56am on June 8, 2011, Michele Whiteaker said…
Thanks for commenting on the article, Chip!  Please, let me know if there's anything else I can do to help spread the word.
At 10:53am on June 7, 2011, Leave No Trace Center said…


I also wanted to let you know that Leave No Trace just made a "group" page on this site, so check us out there as well!

At 9:46am on June 7, 2011, Leave No Trace Center said…
Thanks, Chip! Thanks for all you do to support Leave No Trace in your community.
At 9:05am on October 7, 2009, Judy Molland said…
I wish I could have been there! Ironically, with all the work around publicity for my book, I haven't been getting out enough lately! A book talk sounds great and yes, feel free to use the cover image. Do you need me to send it to you?
At 8:02am on October 7, 2009, Judy Molland said…
How did the presentation go? I'd love to hear all about it!
At 8:36am on September 29, 2009, Michael Clark said…
Thanks so much for the invite!
At 7:36pm on September 28, 2009, Judy Molland said…
Sounds excellent! Keep me posted!

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