October 2009 Blog Posts (9)

Outdoor Afro Halloween!

Some folks my age think Halloween is radically different now than when we were kids, but it really isn’t. Kids still love and anticipate dressing up, getting a ton of free candy, and a sanctioned roam of the streets after nightfall. For me and my friends, it’s one of those childhood activities that keep evolving over time, with more elaborate parties to attend and more decadent costumes to fuss over as adults.

As a child, I actually… Continue

Added by Rue on October 31, 2009 at 12:31am — 1 Comment

new NC state coalition wants to involve youth more

The new N.C. Children and Nature Coalition (NCCAN!) has formally launched itself this past week ( after almost 2 years of planning) in Charlotte with Richard Louv in attendance. We announced the new website (www.ncchildrenandnature.org) and will be hosting our annual conference at the NC Zoo March 25, 2010. The Zoo has a Zoo HIgh School as part of the local school system with the actual classrooms/high school on site. They would like to become… Continue

Added by Kathy Bull on October 29, 2009 at 1:57pm — No Comments


Last week I was on a secret mission. Deep in the woods outside Inverurie, there are some horse chestnut trees which always have a good supply of conkers. Under the pretence of taking my dog for a walk I took a bag and set off during the middle of the day to add to my collection.

As I approached the trees, my apprehension grew. Year after year, I suffered disappointment as a child, usually being the last to get to the conker trees and having the tail-end pickings. At first glance when… Continue

Added by Juliet Robertson on October 28, 2009 at 10:57am — 2 Comments

Nature Clubs for Families Toolkit: A Valuable Resource for Funding!

A grant was recently awarded to fund a Family Nature Club using the Nature Clubs for Families Toolkit as a resource. The grant will allow the Ward Museum to develop and pilot a new Family Nature Club. If you are interested in learning more about how to use this toolkit in grant writing to fund a FNC or have similar accomplishments and ideas to share, please post your ideas or contact WardEducation@salisbury.edu.

Added by Kim Check on October 27, 2009 at 11:17am — No Comments

Podcast: Getting Dirty With Nature Play!

Recently, I had the opportunity to discuss nature play with KaBOOM! I am excited to be able to talk to their audience about play beyond the boundaries of a playground.

Shout-outs to Last Child in the Woods, Nature Rocks, and eNature -- naturally!

Please stop by The Grass Stain Guru and give it a listen and share as you see fit.

Added by Bethe Almeras on October 21, 2009 at 7:23am — No Comments

New Children's Book: Bear-ly There

I had the opportunity to interview author Rebekah Raye, author of the new book Bear-ly There. Filled with beautiful illustrations, this book is a great way for children and families to learn more about bears, and what to do if one ventures into their yard.

Read the interview at The Grass Stain… Continue

Added by Bethe Almeras on October 19, 2009 at 6:40am — No Comments

environmental activities resources

Go to: http://wilderdom.com/games/EnvironmentalActivities.html

Added by Jackie Neill on October 7, 2009 at 7:16pm — No Comments

Contest now underway invites young people to "get to know" their wild neighbors

In an unprecedented collaboration, over thirty major organizations have joined forces to invite young Americans to discover nature by entering the Robert Bateman "Get to Know" Contest. These partners include the Children & Nature Network, the US Forest Service, US Fish & Wildlife Service, National Wildlife Federation, the Wyland Foundation, and many others. The Get to Know Contest invites any American age 18 or younger to go outdoors, to "get to know" their wild neighbors, and then to… Continue

Added by Braden MacDonald on October 7, 2009 at 11:51am — No Comments

Nature-deficit disorder in the Journal of Mammalogy

"Nature-deficit disorder” has made it into the Journal of Mammalogy [90(2):265–269] - THE NATURAL HISTORY CONUNDRUM REVISITED: MAMMALOGY BEGINS AT HOME by Peter D. Weigl (Department of Biology, Wake Forest University, Winston–Salem, NC 27109, USA)

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Added by Carmen Field on October 6, 2009 at 1:24am — No Comments

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