BOOK: Children & Nature: Making Connections

nature connections

George K. Russell, ed. Children & Nature: Making Connections (Great Barrington, MA: Myrin Institute, 2014), 144 pp.

Publisher’s description: This collection of 12 essays has been assembled out of a concern that many young people in America have little contact with the world of nature. The essays aspire to awaken in readers the wish to assist young people by guiding them to what lies outside their front door or in a local park or woodland, and that true nature experience will come to replace what is surely a powerful form of addiction, a dependency on text messages, e-mails and videos and a torrent of unreal, virtual images. A challenge stands squarely before us: How can we begin to address the malaise of indifference to nature so widespread among our young people?

Contributors and chapter titles:
George K. Russell, “Making Connections: The Need and the Challenge”
Richard Louv, “Leave No Child Inside: The Growing Movement to Reconnect Children to Nature”
Lowell Monke, “The Human Touch”
David Sobel, “Look, Don’t Touch: The Problem with Environmental Education”
Medicine Grizzlybear Lake, “An Indian Father’s Plea”
Scott Russell Sanders, “Tokens of Mystery”
Kelly McMasters, “Lessons of a Starry Night”
Pattiann Rogers, “Cradle”
Stephanie Hanes, “Toddlers to Tweens: Relearning How to Play”
Carolyn Jabs, “The Privilege of Gardening with Children”
James E. Higgins, “Words Full of Wonder”
Richard Lewis, “A Wilderness of Thought: Childhood and the Poetic Imagination”

Chapters (excluding the first) are previously published articles, one each from Education Next, Christian Science Monitor, and The American Scholar, while the other eight chapters are all reprinted from Orion magazine.

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Upcoming nature events in Portland

Garden learning at Blue Lake Regional Park in the Natural Discovery Garden (August 29,30,31, from 1-5pm)

Hike series with Friends of the Columbia River Gorge

Hike series with Oregon Wild (also, three OW/Outdoor Project hikes)

Canoe paddle series with Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership

Canoe or kayak paddle series with Tualatin Riverkeepers

August 24 | Sunday Parkways: Southeast Portland | PP&R/Metro

August 25 | Urban Nature Partners PDX Benefit Day at Oregon Public House! | Urban Nature Partners PDX

August 26 | Pacific Northwest Camping Basics | Tualatin REI

August 28 | Scouters Mountain Nature Park grand opening | Metro

August 29 | Bat Night | Columbia Slough Watershed Council

August 30 | Classroom Discovery Days: Ethnobotany | Tryon Creek State Park

August 31 | StumpFest! | Tryon Creek State Park

September 1-30 | Swift Watch | Audubon Society of Portland

September 5 | Howl at the Moon! Harvest Night | Audubon/Kruger’s Farm

September 6 | Vulture Awareness Day | Audubon Society of Portland

September 7 | Naturalist in the park (Scouters Mountain Natural Area) | Metro

September 11 | Bat Chat | Tryon Creek State Park

September 12 | Park After Dark: Coyotes | Tualatin Hills Nature Park

September 13 | Fall birds (Smith and Bybee Wetlands) | Metro

September 13 | Aquifer Adventure | Columbia Slough Watershed Council

September 19 | Kids Nature Night Out: Coyote Connections | Tualatin Hills Nature Park

September 26 | Kids Nature Night Out: Night Tracks | Cooper Mountain Nature Park

September 27 | Animal tracking for beginners (Oxbow Regional Park) | Metro

September 27 | Classroom Discovery Days: Birds of a Feather | Tryon Creek State Park

September 27 | Park After Dark: Coyotes | Cooper Mountain Nature Park

September 28 | Sunday Parkways: Southwest Portland | PP&R/Metro

October 3 | Dirksen Nature Park Spooky Stream Side Community Celebration | Tualatin Riverkeepers

October 5 | Nature Days in the Park: Willow Creek Greenway | THPRD

October 17 | Kids Nature Night Out: Grossology | Tualatin Hills Nature Park

October 18 | Park After Dark: Sounds of the Night | Tualatin Hills Nature Park

October 24 | Kids Nature Night Out: Witch’s Potion | Cooper Mountain Nature Park

October 25 | Nature Days in the Park: Stoller Creek Greenway | THPRD

October 24 | Owl Prowl | Columbia Slough Watershed Council

November 8 | Newt Day | Tualatin Hills Nature Park

November 14 | Park After Dark: Owl Prowl | Tualatin Hills Nature Park

November 16 | Nature Days in the Park: Foothills Park | THPRD

November 21 | Kids Nature Night Out: Geology Rocks | Tualatin Hills Nature Park

November 21 | Park After Dark: Owl Prowl | Cooper Mountain Nature Park

December 12 | Kids Nature Night Out: Frozen | Tualatin Hills Nature Park

December 13 | Park After Dark: Owl Prowl | Tualatin Hills Nature Park

Regular nature outings (check websites for seasonal scheduling): Nature Days in the Park and Nature Mobile from Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District’s Natural Resources, Honeybee Hikes at Leach Botanical Garden, Story and Strolls and Guided Nature Walks at Tryon Creek State Park, Ladybug Nature Walks with Portland Parks & Recreation, Puddle Stompers at Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Bird Walks for adults and kids through Backyard Bird Shop, free field trips with Audubon Society of Portland volunteers, Library events with The Bug Chicks, Tadpole Tales with Columbia Slough Watershed Council, Farm Fridays at Zenger Farm, and Second Saturdays at the Water Resources Education Center in Vancouver, WA.

– $2 admission at OMSI the first Sunday of every month
– $3 admission at the World Forestry Center the first Wednesday of every month
– $4 admission at the Oregon Zoo the second Tuesday of every month
– FREE admission at the Portland Art Museum the fourth Friday of every month, 5-8pm
– FREE admission at the Portland Children’s Museum the first Friday of every month, 4-8pm
– FREE admission at the Oregon Historical Society & Museum every day for Multnomah County residents

*My friend Laura posts a monthly listing of kid and family-friendly events of natural, scientific, and cultural interest. August’s list is here.

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Wednesday photo of the week: a lake and a mountain

Trillium Lake

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Regional Nature Play and Education Symposium in Portland, Sept. 15

Metro, The Intertwine, and other groups have organized this symposium to go along with other events as part of filmmaker David Bond’s visit to Portland in September. His film, Project Wild Thing, about marketing nature to children in the UK, will be the last of Portland’s movies in the park for this summer (on Sept. 13 at Sewallcrest Park).

Regional Nature Play and Education Symposium
Monday, September 15, 2014 – 9:00am to 8:00pm
Oregon Zoo, Cascade Crest Banquet Center

Kids, play, and the great outdoors, what could be better? These elements come together in a big way at the Regional Nature Play and Education Symposium, sponsored by Metro.

Professionals, parents, educators and members of the public are invited to learn and discuss elements of nature-based play with expert panelists in the morning. Stay for the afternoon to hear from inspirational speakers, including keynote speaker David Bond, founder of the play-based British documentary film, “Project Wild Thing.”

Recesses will take place through the day led by local nonprofit Playworks and an option to tour the new natural play area at the Portland Children’s Musuem will be available during lunch.

Registration by Sept. 1 includes breakfast, brown-bag lunch, refreshments (and recess!) for $15. If you register after Sept. 1, the price is still $15, but breakfast and lunch will not be provided.

REGISTER

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Monday thought of the week: every child

A thought, made into a nice little image from Nature Rocks:

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Free Portland-area advance screening of “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar,” Aug. 16

Looking for something to do on Saturday, August 16?

At Regal Cinema in Tigard there will be a free advance screening of the new film, Island of Lemurs: Madagascar at 11am.

Tickets are free! Go to http://www.gofobo.com/rsvp and enter in the code: WOMSLKX

If you go, enjoy the film! Lemurs are awesome. In 2011, I was fortunate to visit the Duke Lemur Center in North Carolina (see photos). Wish I could take the kids to see it, but I work, and Catherine plans on taking them to Multmomah Days.

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Wednesday photo of the week: my little monkeys

My monkeys

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Vote for my urban nature art photo!

My kids and I visited Jordan Woods Natural Area in the Cedar Mill neighborhood near Beaverton earlier today to see a new natural resource art installation, Mossuments, a series of three granite sculptures that, in the words of Seattle artist Vaughn Bell, “draw the visitor’s attention to the slow and subtle changes that occur in nature and specifically focus on moss.” It will be interesting to see how moss decides to take and hold and grows on the sculptures over time.

The Intertwine is having a nature photo contest for the months from July through October. August’s theme is the urban-art connection, so I entered a photo I took of Mossuments.

mossuments

You can find my photo at the link below, which shows the “Look closely” piece of the installation, with Patrick in the background doing just that, looking closely at something in nature.

https://www.facebook.com/TheIntertwine?sk=app_451684954848385&brandloc=DISABLE&app_data=view-vote%2Cfor-4532809

I would appreciate it if you gave the photo a “like” (at the top left of the photo) – they choose winners based on most likes. Thank you!

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Monday thought of the week: like a girl

A thought:

As a kid, I had no problem playing in our neighborhood creek for hours, catching tadpoles, getting muddy and climbing trees. But how was I experiencing nature with my daughter? I was generally keeping her in our tidy (most of the time) backyard, playing in the garden (with gloves on of course), and maybe throwing rocks (but not too hard!) in the nearby pond.

I vowed that I would show her that playing in nature like a girl involved more mud, more mess and, possibly, more fun. And the biggest part of my promise to myself was that I would do it with her. I realized I was just like those older women in the video – I had lost my sense of what I loved most about nature, and to find it I’d have to play like that girl who loved the creek.

- Rachel Roberts, “Enjoy Nature Like a Girl,” Nature Rocks (August 4, 2014)

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Upcoming nature events in Portland

Garden learning at Blue Lake Regional Park in the Natural Discovery Garden (July 18,19,20 and August 1,2,3,8,9,10,15,16,17,29,30,31, from 1-5pm)

Hike series with Friends of the Columbia River Gorge

Hike series with Oregon Wild (also, three OW/Outdoor Project hikes)

Canoe paddle series with Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership

Canoe or kayak paddle series with Tualatin Riverkeepers

August 12 | Lecture: The Biology, Behavior and Benefits of Bats | Friends of Fernhill Wetlands

August 13 | Worm Composting with the Zoo Zap (at Rockwood Library) | Multnomah County Library/Oregon Zoo

August 13 | BYO Picnic Dinner & Evening Hike | Friends of Marquam Nature Park

August 14 | Bat Chat | Tryon Creek State Park

August 16 | Stories in the stones on Mount Talbert | Metro

August 16 | Lecture: Subsistence Hunting & Foraging: How to Get Started | Trackers Earth

August 17 | Family Geocaching Adventure | Cooper Mountain Nature Park

August 22 | Park After Dark: Coyotes | Cooper Mountain Nature Park

August 23 | The Willamette speaks: Stories from the Lower Willamette River | Metro

August 24 | Sunday Parkways: Southeast Portland | PP&R/Metro

August 25 | Urban Nature Partners PDX Benefit Day at Oregon Public House! | Urban Nature Partners PDX

August 26 | Pacific Northwest Camping Basics | Tualatin REI

August 28 | Scouters Mountain Nature Park grand opening | Metro

August 29 | Bat Night | Columbia Slough Watershed Council

August 30 | Classroom Discovery Days: Ethnobotany | Tryon Creek State Park

August 31 | StumpFest! | Tryon Creek State Park

September 1-30 | Swift Watch | Audubon Society of Portland

September 5 | Howl at the Moon! Harvest Night | Audubon/Kruger’s Farm

September 6 | Vulture Awareness Day | Audubon Society of Portland

September 7 | Naturalist in the park (Scouters Mountain Natural Area) | Metro

September 11 | Bat Chat | Tryon Creek State Park

September 13 | Fall birds (Smith and Bybee Wetlands) | Metro

September 13 | Aquifer Adventure | Columbia Slough Watershed Council

September 27 | Animal tracking for beginners (Oxbow Regional Park) | Metro

September 27 | Classroom Discovery Days: Birds of a Feather | Tryon Creek State Park

September 28 | Sunday Parkways: Southwest Portland | PP&R/Metro

October 3 | Dirksen Nature Park Spooky Stream Side Community Celebration | Tualatin Riverkeepers

October 24 | Owl Prowl | Columbia Slough Watershed Council

November 8 | Newt Day | Tualatin Hills Nature Park

Regular nature outings (check websites for seasonal scheduling): Nature Days in the Park and Nature Mobile from Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District’s Natural Resources, Honeybee Hikes at Leach Botanical Garden, Story and Strolls and Guided Nature Walks at Tryon Creek State Park, Ladybug Nature Walks with Portland Parks & Recreation, Puddle Stompers at Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Bird Walks for adults and kids through Backyard Bird Shop, free field trips with Audubon Society of Portland volunteers, Library events with The Bug Chicks, Tadpole Tales with Columbia Slough Watershed Council, Farm Fridays at Zenger Farm, and Second Saturdays at the Water Resources Education Center in Vancouver, WA.

– $2 admission at OMSI the first Sunday of every month
– $3 admission at the World Forestry Center the first Wednesday of every month
– $4 admission at the Oregon Zoo the second Tuesday of every month
– FREE admission at the Portland Art Museum the fourth Friday of every month, 5-8pm
– FREE admission at the Portland Children’s Museum the first Friday of every month, 4-8pm
– FREE admission at the Oregon Historical Society & Museum every day for Multnomah County residents

*My friend Laura posts a monthly listing of kid and family-friendly events of natural, scientific, and cultural interest. July’s list is here, August here.

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