January 2012 Blog Posts (22)

The beginnings of a community garden.

Here we go- a new adventure. I'd love to know what others who have been on the board of community gardens have learned- experiences, lessons, ideas, etc. …


Added by Alina Stefanescu Coryell on January 30, 2012 at 8:45am — 1 Comment

Hiking game with children: Animal Clues

Generally, exploring and discovery is enough for kids, but sometimes even they can grow bored with that and become restless. Remember that they naturally have shorter attention spans than adults.


Fortunately, there are lots of tried and true activities you can do on the trail that’ll keep kids from getting bored. One is called Animal Clues.



Added by Rob Bignell on January 27, 2012 at 11:26am — No Comments

All-ages Playground Emerging Artists Exhibit; Interactive Alchemy

Emerging Artists (All-ages Playground) Garden exhibit Miami Beach Botanical Garden.
Exemplified how fun and creativity can result when art and nature are merged in the natural environment of a botanical garden.

Added by Randy Eady on January 27, 2012 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

ECO - Educating Children Outdoors - Winter Learning in Vermont

Frank the River Otter and 12 Kindergartners

Frank in  the classroom 

Who's your favorite river otter?…


Added by Amy Butler on January 27, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments

Nature-Deficit Disorder


“There’s nothing to do,” is the typical phrase used by children on weekends.  Their favorite TV show is over and they feel as if the world has stopped.  They may have just finished playing Halo 2 for the thirty-seventh time and still, they complain to their parents that there is nothing to do.…


Added by Sariah Baker on January 26, 2012 at 4:02pm — No Comments

Ecological Footprint

Lab: Ecological Footprint

1.  The environmental impact imposed by our lives is a results of three different factors, as discussed in the class (I = P x A x T) (see lab manual). What have you observed about these three factors in the world in which we live?

Looking at this equation, it is very accurate that population, affluence, and…


Added by Sariah Baker on January 26, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Baraka Response


After watching the film, “Baraka,” what struck the most was how many cultures make the environment apart of who they are.  If they were to be measured for their ecological footprint it would be very small.  Their population seemed rather small, they consumed very little, and technology was out of the question.  Due to tradition, and probably economic factors they could not get any high tech.  However, even though they are poor; they can survive.


 We look at…


Added by Sariah Baker on January 26, 2012 at 3:58pm — No Comments

ECO- Educating Children Outdoors

ECO - Educating Children Outdoors

The ECO program at North Branch Nature Center is a new project that helps reconnect children with the natural world and foster stewardship in their communities.  Through collaboration with public schools, preschools, and daycare facilities, ECO helps to open the doors to the joy of learning outside in all kinds of weather. By using city parks, public lands, and other local green spaces…

Added by Amy Butler on January 26, 2012 at 5:43am — No Comments

Teachers: Explore Alaskan wilderness and earn professional development credits!

Looking for a unique and thrilling way to earn professional development credits? 


Alaska Geographic's 2012 Teacher Trainings are now open for registration (including Discovery Southeast's Teacher Expeditions!)…


Added by cathleen on January 24, 2012 at 12:06pm — No Comments

Outdoor playgroup chat Monday 23th of January time 8.30- 10.00 pm (EST)

Much has been said about outdoor playgroups in mainstream media and online. I think it is time to have a chat about outdoor playgroups. This is a chat for anyone who is doing an outdoor playgroup or would like to start one. We will be sharing information and our frustrations, in the end we will talk about outdoor ideas for Valentine’s Day.

Meet some of our outdoor playgroup leaders,…


Added by Kari on January 20, 2012 at 8:43am — No Comments

The Iguana's 3rd Eye

“Iguanas’ eyes can move in all directions,” a boy in my class announced when he arrived on a recent Monday. “Iguanas have three eyes: two on the sides of their heads and a third on top,” his mother clarified. Many in the class seemed interested in this fact, so we pulled out the library book that contained this fact and read about green…


Added by Ann Courcy on January 16, 2012 at 6:54pm — No Comments

WAEE Winter Workshop!

The Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education 

is hosting their annual Winter Workshop January 27-29, in the beautiful Treehaven facility of Tomahawk, Wisconsin. All ages are welcome- 

entertainment, discussions, and a wide range of outdoor activities will be provided along with the…


Added by Katie Mercer-Taylor on January 15, 2012 at 8:05pm — No Comments

Trail mix recipe for kids: Gorp balls

Have kids help you make homemade trail mix, also known among backpackers as gorp. Here’s how to make a variety of trail mix known as gorp balls (warning: peanuts or a peanut byproduct are ingredients in this recipe).

g Ingredients – 1/3 cup each raisins, apple chips, dried apricots, dates and coconut, 1/2 cup sesame seeds, 1/3 cup walnuts, 2 cups peanuts, 1 cup chocolate chips, 1/3 cup honey, 1/2 cup peanut…


Added by Rob Bignell on January 12, 2012 at 6:37pm — No Comments

Select right sunglasses for hiking kids

Sunglasses are an absolute must at high altitudes if walking through open areas exposed to the sun and during winter when children can suffer from snow blindness. Look for 100% UV-protective shades, which provide the best screen.

The variety of sunglasses available out there are enormous, but when children are involved, always opt for something sturdy. You can buy sunglasses with no hinges, which means toddlers have one less avenue for breaking them. You even can buy symmetrical…


Added by Rob Bignell on January 11, 2012 at 2:09pm — No Comments

The Therapeutic Value of Extended Nature Immersion

I am often asked why it is important for the children to be outdoors for extended periods of time and in all weather. Although I am a proponent of connecting young children with nature for any length of time, I believe that it is important to commit to extended periods of time in nature on a regular and continuing basis. Really, I am recreating my own play memories from my childhood.

The natural world moves at a much slower pace than the human-made world of linear time. Our culture is…


Added by Erin Kenny on January 11, 2012 at 10:27am — 1 Comment

Storytime in Nature



I am super excited to announce the launch of my new children's book "Orange Moon and the Grandmother Tree".

I am looking for 5 reviewers to review my picture book which launches on 27th January 2012.

Just answer the question below:

"What was your favourite OUTDOOR activity as a child?"

Book Summary:

Say hello to Orange Moon who, with a full heart and the magic of nature…


Added by Marghanita Hughes on January 9, 2012 at 9:36am — 2 Comments

Leave behind an emergency information sheet when day hiking with kids

Leave an emergency information sheet for each person going on the hike. Information on it should include medical conditions, insurance numbers, allergies, blood type, and emergency contact information. If you or one of the children should be injured, this is information that emergency responders, rescuers and medical personnel can use.

You might also leave a hiker’s safety form on the dashboard of your vehicle. When rangers pass your vehicle and see it, they’ll be able to read it…


Added by Rob Bignell on January 4, 2012 at 10:55am — No Comments

First Meteor Shower of 2012: The Quadrantids

The year's first meteor shower may be a great one! The Quadrantids are set to peak on January 4th, 2:30 am ET. Astronomers are calling for clear skies and a dramatic show in much of the Northern Hemisphere, especially in the pre-dawn hours.

Can't watch it at the exact time? Don't worry -- astronomers tell us that…


Added by Suz Lipman on January 3, 2012 at 4:30pm — No Comments

How to deal with sibling rivalries on the trail

Sibling rivalries generally arise out of competition and jealousy of one another, usually because one child is perceived as getting more attention or a favored status. In the wilds, there can’t be anything more than a friendly rivalry. Getting along helps make the experience more pleasant for all, and should an emergency arise, it may be vital for your survival.

While you may not be able to stop the bickering, you certainly can minimize it on the trail. You can begin by trying to…


Added by Rob Bignell on January 3, 2012 at 12:12pm — No Comments



“Patience and fortitude conquer all things.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Patience is not one of my virtues. 

Last week I planted a bunch of seeds.  It’s been hot here in California and even though it was still December, I felt some measure of spring fever.  I wanted to check on our Bloomers! know + grow Seeds and make sure that they sprout okay…


Added by Cynthia Wylie on January 2, 2012 at 1:46pm — No Comments

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