March 2011 Blog Posts (27)

What Is More Important?


It’s the second week of our Spring Break. Even though the kids are on holiday, like so many mums, I still have to juggle work – illustrations to be completed, orders to be dispatched, a laundry pile to be tackled, emails to be sent and phone calls to be made.

As I sat in front of my computer replying to emails, Sam appeared, his face beaming with excitement. “Check out this squirrel mum, it came right up to me while I was on the deck”.




Added by Marghanita Hughes on March 30, 2011 at 10:46am — 2 Comments

Falcon Watch - Incubation

It looks like SW has finished laying eggs - we hope that all 4 will hatch.  Incubation usually lasts 33 to 35 days from the date the last egg, or the second last, was laid. As you monitor the FalconCam during incubation, you will almost always see a parent covering the precious eggs, and you will see a lot of pictures that look like this:…


Added by Deborah Mathies on March 30, 2011 at 10:19am — No Comments

Mushrooms and relearning to look

I spotted this community editorial written by a local university student, and I thought it should be shared. I love that the author's friend made mushrooms out of clay and copper, and hid them around a campus building to "help people relearn to look." The author and his friend, like many of us, are aware of how society has lost touch with the environment and are sharing their concern through writing and art. Well done!…


Added by Shirley Hunt on March 30, 2011 at 8:29am — No Comments

Take It Outside: Just One

Turn off the screens—the television, the computer, the video games. Take time from work, from chores, from the day-to-day tasks that keep us busy. Adults and children, take it outside. Every couple of weeks I will challenge you to see and hear new things—to hunt the woods for wildflowers, to find shapes in nature, to sit by the waterside and listen for unique sounds. So much to experience out in the world!


This week’s challenge: Just…


Added by Ann Courcy on March 30, 2011 at 3:40am — 1 Comment

The Farewell Season

I found it this year, the farewell season.  Fumbling toward spring I happened upon it. The moment…the moment where we turn our face from winter. Hunched and pinched, we turn, we straighten.  We notice light, growth and in the past, I have run to spring. Spring with her open, crocus filled arms teaming with new life.  Here, we drag ourselves across the winter finish line,…


Added by Sarah Hunt on March 29, 2011 at 2:37pm — No Comments

Horizon Field

Blogger's Note:

Richard Louv recently wrote in a post:


. . ."In a virtual world where information overload is more accurately described as information underload, a little raw authenticity and…


Added by Randy Eady on March 27, 2011 at 9:07pm — No Comments

Falcon Watch - 4 eggs

There are 4 eggs in the nestbox.

SW usually has 4 eggs, and most peregrines have…


Added by Deborah Mathies on March 25, 2011 at 6:25am — No Comments


For the past couple of days, my younger son and I have been trying to cure our nature-deficit disorder. Right now, I’m sitting in bed in a Bishop, California motel that, well, isn’t the Ritz. Matthew, who is 23, is still asleep, and deeply. A few hours ago we staggered across the clumped grass and mud along the Owens River, struggled to keep our balance as 40 mph gusts tangled our…


Added by Richard Louv on March 23, 2011 at 6:57pm — 2 Comments

Let's GO! Gallatin Valley, MT under way!

Over 20 activities will be hosted by 10+ organizations, businesses and agencies throughout April as part of our Valley-wide Let's GO! celebration. Let's GO! will be kicked off with a free showing of the new documentary PLAY AGAIN (April 1 @ 7pm). For more information on individual events and community collaborators look for "Lets GO Gallatin Valley" in the public google… Continue

Added by Bobbi j Geise on March 23, 2011 at 10:49am — 2 Comments

The National Parks Project

I'm very excited about an innovative project created by Parks Canada and Discovery World to recognize the 100th anniversary of Parks Canada. The National Parks Project sent 39 Canadian musicians and 13 filmmakers into 13 national parks to discover their incredible beauty and to celebrate it through film and music. I missed the first part, airing on DiscoveryWorld last night at 8 pm ET but hoping to catch the next episode, and happy that it's available online: …


Added by Shirley Hunt on March 20, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

The Natural Foot: Loosing Faith in Instincts, Movement and Intuitive Sensation

Blogger’s Note:  This entry was inspired by the preposterous, though serious notion we (as humans) had "evolved" ourselves away from needing a Plantaris Muscle.  The plantaris muscle is used by animals in gripping and manipulating objects with their feet –…


Added by Randy Eady on March 18, 2011 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

Any Ideas?

Hey guys, as you may or may not know, we recently fired up  I have already featured a few worksheets for children to print out, with a few more in the works.  I was wondering if you had any ideas on things you would like to be featured on the web to help encourage more children to get outside.  If anyone would like to write a guest post, I'd love that.  I'm super enthusiastic about the potential, and would love to hear any comments or suggestions!

Added by Jody Elliott on March 17, 2011 at 8:34am — No Comments

Falcon Watch - First Egg!

As dawn was breaking this morning, SW flew into the nestbox and laid her first egg. Congratulations, SW and Boomer!

SW usually has 4 eggs, and most peregrines have three or four eggs.  Some young females may produce less and some females may have five or even seven eggs, but it seems to be difficult for most peregrine parents to keep up with feeding more than…


Added by Deborah Mathies on March 16, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

Official Web Launch!

Today is the official launch of our newest exciting venture: Hike A Lot, LLC!

Alice and I have fired up this new non-profit company to help encourage as many people as possible to get outdoors.  From the Hike A Lot site, we will feature video and text reviews of products that help make the outdoors more enjoyable and comfortable to families.  Aside from product reviews,…


Added by Jody Elliott on March 15, 2011 at 11:42am — No Comments

Save the Date for the KAEE 35th Annual Conference!

KAEE’s 35th annual conference will take place on September 16-17, 2011 at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, KY.

This year’s conference theme is Environmental Education: Everywhere for Everyone. We all know that environmental education is at home in the forests and fields, but it has a well-established foot-hold in the cities as well. Urban gardening, green building design, and cleaner transportation are all areas of focus in population centers. Wherever people live, there is a need for… Continue

Added by Ashley Williams on March 14, 2011 at 10:37am — No Comments

Prince Charles' book Harmony

The other day I happened to look in my wallet and spotted a gift certificate for our local independent bookstore. I walked by said store and there in the window was Prince Charles staring out at me from the cover of his book Harmony. I had to buy it, and wow, what a great read it's been! It's a brilliant look at present-day environmental issues as reflections of our disharmony with the natural world. It also looks back at early design and architecture, showing how inextricably connected they… Continue

Added by Shirley Hunt on March 9, 2011 at 9:50pm — No Comments

In GPS Era, Map Reading Skills a Lost Art


Are GPS devices making us overly dependent on technology at the expense of learning about and orienting within our surroundings? Studies say they are. They also may be partially responsible for Nature Disconnect around the developing world.


There are positive aspects to GPS and other positioning devices. They have created a surge of…


Added by Suz Lipman on March 9, 2011 at 5:29pm — No Comments

Falcon Watch - Guarding the nesting territory

This nesting season falcon fans have been worried about challenges to Boomer and SW for their nest.  Here is SW’s new mate, Boomer.

SW’s mate from last year, Ranger, was in rehabilitation for many months after suffering serious head injuries and was finally released after his recovery in January.  There is always the worry that Ranger will try to retake his…


Added by Deborah Mathies on March 9, 2011 at 9:01am — No Comments

Looking for Assistance

Currently I am looking for information regarding the newly implemented Full-Day Early Learning Kindergarten Program in Ontario and getting kids outside in nature.

I am developing my thesis and wondering what is happening in Canada.  Contacts have directed me toward many international resources but I am curious about Canada.

The TDSB TOES programs are in the early stages of developing kindergarten outdoor education programs and I have looked at Montessori and Equinox (previously…


Added by Jess Clausen on March 8, 2011 at 11:32am — 1 Comment

Taking AuNatural out of Nature: Pixalated Play Could Have Serious Consequences

As most of us are well aware, virtuality already deprives many children of time spent in the 3-dimensional, natural world.  But is there danger in 3D?

Does mediated, 3D exposure alter the area in a child's developing brain responsible for processing 3D images as well?

One major problem is caused by the way movie 3D images trick our visual…


Added by Randy Eady on March 7, 2011 at 11:00pm — 3 Comments

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