October 2011 Blog Posts (18)

The Making of a Naturalist

By Jenni Veal for Nooga.com:


Scientists from most disciplines agree that science and conservation efforts today and in the future will absolutely require naturalists, individuals who understand the natural world around them. However, if naturalists must be groomed in childhood, society as a whole – and particularly parents – must address how children are spending their time each day.

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Added by Jenni Frankenberg Veal on October 30, 2011 at 7:07pm — No Comments

Wonder Together: The Inspiration of Charlotte Mason

“We were all meant to be naturalists, each to his degree, and it is inexcusable to live in a world so full of the marvels of plant and animal life and to care for none of these things.” - Charlotte Mason


I was given a copy of Susan Schaeffer Macaulay’s book For the Children’s Sake: Foundations of Education for Home and School when my oldest daughter began kindergarten. The school she was to attend follows the philosophy of a revolutionary British educator, Charlotte…


Added by Jenni Frankenberg Veal on October 30, 2011 at 6:44pm — No Comments

Shout Out – Woodland Trust

Woodland Trust gets a Shout Out from Barking Frog Farm. Check out theirSpooky Halloween activities by clicking on…


Added by Ann Courcy on October 30, 2011 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Kids4Trees Announces 2012 Spring Olympian Planting/Environmental Education Program



Kids4Trees is pleased to announce its 2012 Spring Olympian Planting/Environmental Education School and Scout Program in and around 10 major US cities -- Los Angeles, Atlanta, Salt Lake City, Denver/Aspen, Santa Fe, Jackson, MS., Boston, Tuskegee, Johnson City and Chicago. See our attached newsletter and…


Added by Kids4Trees on October 30, 2011 at 2:00am — No Comments

Am I just another American germaphobe?

Although I do not consider myself a germaphobe, it certainly seemed like I was in comparison to the educators that I met while visiting the German waldkindergartens. Where were the teacher's hand sanitizers?  We Americans are obsessed with being very careful not to "spread germs". The European educators stated that they believe it is healthy for children to be exposed to germs since it strengthens their immune systems. I observed the German waldkindergarten children all helping themselves…


Added by Erin Kenny on October 27, 2011 at 6:21pm — No Comments

Ecopsychology: Reconnecting with Nature






Reconnecting with Nature

December 10, 2009

Tatiana Casey

Dept. of Psychology






Added by Tatiana Casey on October 27, 2011 at 9:02am — No Comments

Ecological Identity: The Naked Truth

Ecological Identity: The Naked Truth

Ecopsychology is the coalescence of the fields of psychology and ecology in which the the connection between our Self and the rest of nature is considered to be a symbiotic expression of Truth essential to our mental, and thus, ecological health (Ammel & Manning, 2009, p.14).  When I speak of this “Truth,” I am referring to the non-duality intrinsic to the relationship that shapes the reciprocal sharing we have with our…


Added by Tatiana Casey on October 27, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

Swan Dive in Nature Time



Added by Randy Eady on October 26, 2011 at 4:00am — No Comments

Bugs! Just one more way to connect with my kids in nature...

Over the past few years I've worked hard to overcome my fear of bugs.  Not that I was deathly afraid or anything, but I'll admit that they really creeped me out.  But, as I mentioned in an earlier blog post, my son Jack is extremely interested in bugs and seems to have a real knack for finding the coolest most colorful ones around.  


Being an avid…


Added by Holly A. Hunter on October 25, 2011 at 3:22pm — No Comments

Go Green Kids

Check out Go Green Kids New Issue! http://www.gogreenkp.com/

Added by Kathy Parra on October 22, 2011 at 10:57am — No Comments

Muscle memory of the mind...

Muscle memory of the mind...

I was having a discussion with a pregnant friend the other day and she…

Added by Holly A. Hunter on October 20, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

America's WILD READ Features Author Bill Sherwonit's Book Changing Paths

"America's Wild Read" departs for the Arctic this month with Bill Sherwonit. The online book discussion once again features the importance of childhood connections and conservation career choices.

Alaska author Bill Sherwonit will moderate the online discussion of his 2009 book, "Changing Paths/Travel and Meditations in Alaska's Arctic Wilderness" from October 16 to November 6. 

His is a first-hand account of a 50-mile, 2-week trek across the rugged Central…

Added by Anne Post on October 18, 2011 at 7:38pm — No Comments

Love is the Color of a Rainbow


Love is the Color of a Rainbow, a unique children's nature book written by author KathyParra. www.kathyparra.com

Willow, a little girl who has been blind since birth hears pit-pats of the first summer rain, she quickly encourages her Mama to go outside, Mama shares all the colors of a rainbow with Willow through nature, there Willow experiences that “Love is the Color of a Rainbow." 

"Love is the Color of a Rainbow" with it's…


Added by Kathy Parra on October 18, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Cedarsong Nature School's Forest Kindergarten

I am the founder and Principal of the first U.S. Forest Kindergarten,  a year-round entirely outdoor preschool, run by the non-profit Cedarsong Nature School since 2007. I have just returned from the international conference on Early Childhood and Nature Education in the Netherlands and Germany. While there, I visited and observed many Forest Kindergarten and Nature Preschools. I was also able to discuss with the European participants the cultural differences that would lead to there being…


Added by Erin Kenny on October 14, 2011 at 4:21pm — No Comments

Do you like your new hat Daddy?

Our oldest came in the kitchen while I was fixing dinner last night (turkey burgers) and saw me sporting the new CRPA (Cowpasture River Preservation Association) hat that I got in the mail today.  She giggled and said, “Do you like your new hat, Daddy?”

 Yes, indeed I do.  These busy days have me pining over the leisure hours and days we spent…


Added by Chip Donahue on October 12, 2011 at 12:02pm — No Comments

Take the kids camping, but leave the toys behind!

Ladder Toss, cornhole, paddle ball, croquet, badmitten, bocce ball, Frisbee, horseshoes, ring toss, wiffle ball.  These are just a few of the many outdoor games you'll find at your local sporting goods store.  I admit I have more than a few of them. But recently I've started leaving them behind when we go camping.

When we started camping more, especially in…


Added by Holly A. Hunter on October 3, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Through the eyes of a child

As I was hiking this weekend a small caterpillar crawling on the ground near my feet caught my eye.  I immediately stopped to observe and said out loud "Thanks Jack!"  I was referring to my 8 year old son Jack who's constantly discovering tiny little creatures right at his feet.  When he makes these discoveries, he immediately stops in his tracks and takes the time…


Added by Holly A. Hunter on October 3, 2011 at 12:31am — 4 Comments

Trying a New Approach

Catching frogs, toads, butterflies, snakes, salamanders, all kinds of wildlife—most kids love to do it…I love to do it! But I struggle with the practice. I’ll find a toad in the yard, call the kids over to see it, they catch it, and I start saying, “Be careful,” “Don’t hurt it,” “Don’t drop the toad.” I become so worried about the animal’s safety that I squash the experience. I’m working on this and think I am making progress.…


Added by Ann Courcy on October 1, 2011 at 7:57am — 1 Comment

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