November 2011 Blog Posts (22)

Trail activity for kids: Rainbows

Using the colors of the rainbow, have children identify something they see along the trail that is a specific color; works best for young elementary-age kids. Materials: None needed. Ages 3-9.

Read about other day hiking activities with children in my guidebook Hikes with Tykes.

Added by Rob Bignell on November 30, 2011 at 8:57am — No Comments

Do Children have an Inherent Right to Play Outdoors?

When I was a child, growing up in the 1960’s, we spent literally hours each day outside, immersed in nature. As soon as we came home from school, we changed out of our school clothes and into our play clothes. We were required to change because our parents knew that when we played outside, we would be coming home dirty. It was expected that children preferred to play outdoors and even on the rare occasion that we resisted, my mom would practically push us outdoors, saying “It’s too nice…


Added by Erin Kenny on November 29, 2011 at 12:13pm — No Comments

Empowerment Photography and Nature Therapy with The Loveliest Girl in the World

Writer's Note:

This article references the experience of orphan children, their care environment and an observational methodology called Empowerment Photography (as it is viewed in the context of what is termed eco-psychological and nature therapy).  

Ecopsychology considers the connection between our self and the rest of nature to be essential to mental, and thus, ecological health.  In this respect, ecopsychology offers a way…


Added by Randy Eady on November 29, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

Put One Foot After the Other

     With curiosity I read Suz Lipman’s Slow Family entry: …


Added by Randy Eady on November 28, 2011 at 6:59pm — 1 Comment

Moving the Play Outside

As far back as I can remember, spending time outdoors has been a big part of my life. Some of my favorite childhood memories happened outdoors. In the warmer months it meant playing baseball on the front lawn with the whole family and neighbors, riding bikes in the woods on the hilly trails, running around on my cousin's farm, feeding the cows as they milked and swinging in the tree swing he made for us. In the winter, it meant sled riding in the back yard, seeing how high we could fly over…


Added by Shelley Simpson on November 26, 2011 at 8:24pm — No Comments

Pictures from our Hike

Find more photos like this on C&NN… Continue

Added by George Jefferson on November 25, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

Best maps to bring on day hike with children

What kind of map should you carry on a day hike with children?

For me, the answer always is more than one type.

I like road maps to show me how to get to the trailhead and printed guides to give me an overview of the trail's key points. I like a satellite pic to show me where to park and how to reach the trailhead, as they are not always easy to visually locate. I use topo maps to show me the trail and landmarks on the horizon I can see to help orient myself. With a yellow…


Added by Rob Bignell on November 23, 2011 at 4:34pm — No Comments

F.U.N. Families Understanding Nature

F.U.N. Families Understanding Nature

The Rangers at the  Army Corp of Engineers Lake Philpott have a awesome program called of all things FUN

Families Understanding Nature. There are brochures and activities that you can download. Topics like: Be Aware of the Bear,Birds of Philpott…


Added by George Jefferson on November 23, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

Love is the Color of a Rainbow


It is my pleasure to share Rainbow with you on Go Green America!...

Added by Kathy Parra on November 23, 2011 at 10:20am — No Comments

Science Teacher finds ways to get his students OUTSIDE !


 Teacher finds unconventional ways to teach science right here in the Triad of NC WAY TO GO !

Follow link to video.

Science Teacher finds ways to get his students OUTSIDE !


As Educators what do you do to get your students outside !

Added by George Jefferson on November 23, 2011 at 8:52am — No Comments

Nature Summit 2012

The Manitoba Nature Summit Inc. has developed a strategy to train potential young environmental stewards who work with young children in a variety of capacities.

Manitoba Nature Summit 2010 & 2012

The Manitoba Nature Summit Inc. is a volunteer-run, non-profit organization invested in incorporating nature into children's lives.…


Added by Corine Anderson on November 22, 2011 at 7:03pm — No Comments

Canteens needed even on day hikes to keep kids hydrated

Canteens or plastic bottles filled with water are vital for any hike, no matter how short the trail. You'll need to have enough of them to carry about 2 pints of water per person for every hour of hiking. If going into arid regions, you'll probably need more.

When looking for a canteen or a water bottle, make sure it seals tight and can be…


Added by Rob Bignell on November 22, 2011 at 8:23am — No Comments

Fletcher and the Falling Leaves

Fletcher and the Falling Leaves is a book about a fretful little fox who becomes worried about his favorite tree when it starts looking “dull, dry and brown.” He wants to know what he can do to help. ”The world was changing,” he noticed. “The rich green of the forest was turning to a dusty gold, and the soft, swishing…


Added by Ann Courcy on November 22, 2011 at 6:18am — No Comments

Dress children for the weather when hiking

When hiking with children, always dress for the weather. For example, a light-colored and loose-fitting T-shirt is a must on hot, sunny summer days and in desert areas, a windbreaker a must in windy climes, and a water-resistant rain jacket in wet areas.

Some parents prefer to dress their kids in bright clothes on hikes, as they’re easier to…


Added by Rob Bignell on November 21, 2011 at 8:37am — No Comments

Holiday Book List: Wild Words to Inspire Kids

By Jenni Veal for

"For the children? They must grow up upon the best. There is never a time when they are unequal to worthy thoughts, well put; inspiring tales, well told.” – British educator Charlotte Mason (1842-1923)

Consider giving the gift of books this holiday season, with a Charlotte Mason twist: living books that inspire and cultivate an interest in the natural world.

Read more at…


Added by Jenni Frankenberg Veal on November 20, 2011 at 6:51pm — No Comments

Growing Up Wild: Early Childhood Educational Program.



From the very popular series PROJECT WILD

Growing Up Wild

Growing Up WILD is an early childhood education program that builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. …


Added by George Jefferson on November 20, 2011 at 8:09am — 1 Comment

Come and Learn @ a North Carolina State Park

The North Carolina state park system offers a wide range of educational opportunities and resources. With programs that engage families in hands-on experiences that promote appreciation and understanding of our state’s great cultural and natural resources.

From the Junior Ranger program,nature study hikes to educator training workshops, we offer resources to help guide your learning adventures and help you to continue connecting children with nature.



Added by George Jefferson on November 19, 2011 at 12:27pm — No Comments

Nextdoor Nature: Meet Kieran Lindsey

I met a wondeful lady.Kieran Lindsey who has spent here career helping people connect with nature around them.

She presented to ourVa.Master Naturalist Class 

From her site.

Kieran is the founder and author of Next-Door Nature. She is also co-author of Urban Wildlife Management (the first textbook on the subject), editor of the Journal of Wildlife Rehabilitation, a lecturer on urban…


Added by George Jefferson on November 17, 2011 at 1:29pm — No Comments

Leopold Educational Workshops for Teachers

A rainy day here, and I wanted to catch up on some posting.I recently completed the 3day Leopold Education Project Facilitators. I am available to present these workshops for Traditional and Non Traditional educators, and North Carolina Teachers can earn CEUs or EE credit.The activities are geared for 5th-12th graders and Adults but several of them can be used at any age. I…


Added by George Jefferson on November 16, 2011 at 7:47am — No Comments

Junior Rangers @ NC State Parks

Visit the NC Parks Jr Ranger Site

Explore, learn and help out your state parks! The new Junior Ranger guide is packed full of fun activities you can do at any of our 39 state parks. Be a Junior Ranger!

• It's a fun way for children to explore with their family, scouts troop or youth group. Activities are geared for children ages 6-12.

• Children gain an appreciation of North Carolina's cultural…


Added by George Jefferson on November 11, 2011 at 8:45am — 2 Comments

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