June 2010 Blog Posts (17)

A hop, skip and a jump towards getting more children outdoors

The UK Government have launched their plan for ‘Olympics style’ school games contests to introduce more children to the health and personal development benefits of competitive sport, backed by £10 million of National Lottery funding. I’m delighted; a renewed focus on young…


Added by Charley May on June 29, 2010 at 1:43am — 2 Comments

Observing sound and smell

I am moving house at TheNatureSchool to its own domain. You can see my most recent post, a lesson that you can use as a home school acitivity for science and language arts or art.

We are a sight dependent species. Although there are other species, and eagle for example, who could make our quality of vision seem paltry, we rely heavily on site. Further, in this technologically miraculous age, we often have gadgets in front of our… Continue

Added by beth chase on June 25, 2010 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Greeting Summer Solstice at Muir Beach

Happy Summer! My family likes to celebrate the longest day of the year and the Summer Solstice at Muir Beach, CA, at an annual event hosted by the Muir Woods National Monument park rangers. This year's celebration was especially lovely, well-attended, and relatively warm and fog-free.…


Added by Suz Lipman on June 24, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments


I know this road like the old friend it is; Kelley Stand it is called. It is a narrow dirt ribbon that twists and climbs into the Green Mountains of southern Vermont. Today it is in good shape; I’m cruising. But in springs long past I’ve driven it when the road strained to merge with the adjacent stream, and I needed the help of passersby to pull my hapless station wagon back onto dry ground. The locals don’t even try to keep this road open during the winter.

As a child, some magical… Continue

Added by Ken Finch on June 20, 2010 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

This is My Rock

We are ever so lucky that our preschool is bordered by beautiful natural bushland. We value the bush as a part of our learning environment, and take small groups of children out into it on (almost) a daily basis.

When I found a poem "This is my Rock" by David McCord, it instantly spoke to me of the feeling of ownership we are seeing in our kids after months, and in some cases a couple of years of exploring our bush trail.…


Added by Jennifer Kable on June 17, 2010 at 6:39pm — 3 Comments

A Treasure Hunt! What's Out There?


Added by Shawn Moriarty on June 17, 2010 at 9:49am — 2 Comments

Ask Robert Gibbs About the Oil Spill

Hey folks - I just got this message on Facebook:

After President Obama's Oval Office speech tonight, WH Press Secretary Robert Gibbs will be answering questions…

Added by Juliet Robertson on June 15, 2010 at 12:22pm — No Comments

First time blogger

Good morning! This is my first time to enter something in the world of "Blog" so please don't get too excited and expect some grand introduction. HAHA! I'm just trying this out.


Added by Tishia on June 14, 2010 at 9:38am — 1 Comment

Another Archaeological DIG at The Cabin Path!

The Archaeological DIG a couple of weeks ago generated much interest around The Cabin Path's Groups (Yahoo Home School, Facebook, and Website) By request, the Summer Workshop kids wanted to have DIG of their own! Since the majority of this group were 4- 6 year olds, I needed to think of more activities! I knew that the actual "Dig" involved hard work...and this younger group's attention spans might not last. (and it was…


Added by Sarah Crutchfield on June 13, 2010 at 8:19am — 1 Comment

Hey Parents here's something fun to do with the kiddos!

Hey Parents here's something fun to do with the kiddos:
if you give a kid a camera...photo of the week. Check out “Nature’s Alphabet” photographed by Jasmine Hughes age 15. Can you find the
letter? If so, write your answer on http://www.visualizeaplace.com

Added by Catherine Adams on June 9, 2010 at 4:46pm — No Comments

Yet another survey highlighting our isolation from the great outdoors

How depressing it is to see another survey highlighting our growing isolation from the natural world (How we lost our way to the great outdoors, Harry Wallop, 9th June 2010, the DailyTelegraph). The findings of a survey conducted by outdoor equipment retailer Go Outdoors echo our research carried out among school… Continue

Added by Charley May on June 9, 2010 at 8:30am — No Comments

Exploring a “Green” Sense of Place in Nearby Nature

Exploring a “Green” Sense of Place in Nearby Nature

On Saturday April 3rd, a group of 15 young men…


Added by Brother Yusuf Burgess on June 6, 2010 at 8:49pm — 1 Comment

Trees at The Cabin Path

A Tree Workshop with the Thursday Home School Group! (I took off last week to attend a retirement reception for my husband..36 years with Delta!) This week, we discussed trees and how to identify the different trees. Georgia has over 250 species of trees. One website, Native Trees of Georgia has a printable PDF that not only provides a sketch and description of the tree, but it also provides important…


Added by Sarah Crutchfield on June 3, 2010 at 6:25pm — No Comments

Tiny Risk, Big Risk: Lyme Disease

The upcoming documentary about children and nature, Mother

Nature's Child,
addresses the question of risk: what kinds of risks

are healthy for children, what risks help teenagers mature into healthy

adults, and what are the hidden risks of our technological age. When

most people think about taking risk in nature, we might think of

riding a wave, or scrambling up a rock wall, or doing a solo… Continue

Added by Shannon Davidson on June 3, 2010 at 5:00pm — No Comments

The Secret Benefits of a Miraculously Muggy May Day

Some of the most remarkable things that occur on a Happy Trails Family Nature Club outing, happen as a result of our willingness to try new things, and one recent event was by far our most adventurous! In a St. Paul, Minnesota park, our group decided to attempt going deeply into a wood, down a steep embankment, into the (somewhat) unknown. We discovered that the area was greatly overgrown with huge burdock leaves, as well as strewn… Continue

Added by Jodi Hiland on June 3, 2010 at 2:17pm — 3 Comments

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