August 2010 Blog Posts (22)

Love outdoor play? Take sticker action!


Added by Daniel Raven-Ellison on August 31, 2010 at 7:30am — No Comments

let us now praise natural swimming holes

Escape the totalitarian conformity of the concrete swimming pool:

Excited to join this community of like-minded folks!

Added by Clark Meyer on August 29, 2010 at 12:55am — No Comments

Exotic Gay Travel in Spiritual Journey Hawaii

Aloha LGBT offers a hidden exotic paradise travel in spiritual journey Hawaii, indigenous healers, psychic and spiritual healers, one-of-a-kind cultural and spiritual journeys.

Spiritual Journey Hawaii

Added by Aloha Lgbt on August 28, 2010 at 3:13pm — No Comments

Eating Outdoors - Fresh From the Garden

Picking Peaches Barefoot


What a joy it is to be able to walk outdoors and pick fresh fruit from your own garden.



Growing your own fruit and vegetables is a great way to get kids outdoors and connecting with nature. Not only do they get to eat the freshest, most delicious organic food going,…


Added by Marghanita Hughes on August 26, 2010 at 4:47pm — 4 Comments

Shades of Nature: Environmental Fiction, A Call for Blog Carnival Submissions


I love fiction, and some of my blogs at Rooted in the Earth reflects my interest.

Please submit your blog of…


Added by Dianne Glave on August 26, 2010 at 6:52am — No Comments

The Ants Go Marching One By One

We also checked out some ant activity on the roots and trunk of another nearby tree. This was the first spot where the big explorer actually took several minutes to examine the ants up close with his magnifying glass. Then he explained to me that ants follow a scent (he called it a bad smell). You could break up their game of follow the leader (the only game ants know how to play, he added)…

Added by Jane Kirkland on August 25, 2010 at 9:16am — No Comments

What the world needs now: Treehouses!

Find a treehouse near you or be inspired to build one yourself. More info at

Let's go play outside!

Added by Jenni Frankenberg Veal on August 25, 2010 at 7:27am — 1 Comment

Article in the The Guardian: " Why barefoot is best for children"

Most parents would balk at the idea of toddlers in high heels, but what

about sandals or trainers? Some experts now believe that all shoes are

best avoided in childhood, says Sam Murphy…


Added by jan van boeckel on August 21, 2010 at 3:51am — No Comments

10 missions to do 'anywhere'


Added by Daniel Raven-Ellison on August 17, 2010 at 10:53am — No Comments

Funding Summer Environmental Education Programs

I have a passion for the environment and children in small rural towns who are geographically isolated from out-of-school enrichment programs. Consequently, I started my own environmental outreach organization, Prairie Hope. While it has been a challenge to find ways to be accepted into these communities, I think I have finally found a start.

Within the context of their Summer Reading Program, I use children's literature as a springboard for Prairie Hope's EE programs. The marriage of… Continue

Added by Cheryl Lynn Tatum on August 17, 2010 at 7:32am — No Comments

One Little Wild Child


Added by Anne Morddel on August 15, 2010 at 11:48pm — 2 Comments

Biking with Kids: The Right Equipment Makes All the Difference

So glad to join this network of nature-minded writers.

I wanted to share my recent blog about biking with kids, which can be found at

I enjoy hearing what work others are doing and am open to contributions for my blog, which focuses on all things related to the outdoors and ways families can enjoy the outdoors together.

I look forward to learning…


Added by Jenni Frankenberg Veal on August 15, 2010 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

Prescription for Plenty of Play!

I just posted on my blog about a program in Portland, Oregon where pediatricians are prescribing play and family-friendly activities for kids who are overweight or obese. Sounds like a fantastic way to change the world, and I know there are other programs like this out there. I think Kaiser Permanente is a big player here. Anyone have other places they know of where this is happening? Here's the link to my blog:…


Added by Judy Molland on August 13, 2010 at 11:52am — 2 Comments

One Hundred Blessings Organic Farm Family Nature Club Event

We met at the same busy street corner, where parents consulted about directions to our destination, a demonstration organic farm about an hour outside the city. This time we were a

carpool of ten cars, winding through the karst hillsides of the Guizhou

countryside. Along the way we passed another “Club” consisting of youthful bike

riders. As the numbers of participants in our excursion grew, and as we waved

to other gatherings…


Added by Katie Scott on August 12, 2010 at 12:51am — No Comments

Snippet number 4 from 'The Naturals - The Story of Moony'

There are ten stories within my book, 'The Naturals': The Story of Cloudy, Snowy, Windy, Moony, Hailstones, Sunny, Rainbow, Rainy, Starry and Earth. To be read to 4-10 year olds so that they may feel the connection with our Natural World. Once they can feel that our Natural World is alive and compassionate and looking after us all, they will want to look after it!

Here is a snippet from 'The Story of Moony':

'As silence slowly crept along the line, Tiny Mouse was…


Added by Sharon Petersen on August 11, 2010 at 3:40pm — No Comments

Living School: the farm as a pedagogical resource in Norway

Now finally the beautiful film on the Living School project in Norway is viewable online (in two parts). The project lasted from 1996 until 2000 and is currently continuing successfully under the name "Living Learning."

Living School: The Farm as a Pedagogical Resource (Part 1 & 2)

What connects us, as human beings, to a flower, a carrot, a cow or an earthworm? In… Continue

Added by jan van boeckel on August 11, 2010 at 7:55am — No Comments

Access to Natural Resources and Private Property Rights

Today I have a guest blog by a friend of mine Hege Jacobsen Lepri. Read about her trip to Main and about the freedom to roam.

So I went to Maine to get away from the city and take a dip into

Nature. Some may object that driving from Canada, for 2 days – and 1000

km – to Maine, would seem like a huge detour (with a major carbon

footprint attached to it). And, yes, this is true, but for someone who

grew up 75 m from the sea (and married to someone who spent all… Continue

Added by Kari on August 11, 2010 at 6:46am — No Comments

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…


Added by Chip Donahue on August 8, 2010 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

Transformational Experience: From Fear to Wonder

Last spring, we hosted a family camping trip to Mojave National Preserve with our family nature club, Family Adventures in Nature. Three families came, which we thought was a pretty

good turnout since the trip required a five-hour drive from San Diego. One

family we’d never met before brought two daughters, 7 and nearly 4. The

seven-year-old’s name was Kate. The kids seemed to hit it off right away. We

all did,…


Added by Janice Swaisgood on August 8, 2010 at 5:16pm — 3 Comments

Nature Nurture - It really makes a difference!

Sometimes there are days that I wish would never end. I want to savour the magic of the moment forever. It's hard to describe what makes a perfect day as these are always a unique relationship between the people, the activities and the places that they happen.…


Added by Juliet Robertson on August 8, 2010 at 2:18pm — No Comments

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