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Monday thought of the week: a way to make itself known

A thought: While wilderness is valuable, nature isn’t limited to it. You can find nature in places dominated by people: weeds recolonizing disturbed ground on sidewalks, hawks nesting on bridges, trees rising from city streets, insects almost everywhere. Nature finds … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo of the week: she’s lichen it, revisited

See “she’s lichen it” from October 2013.

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Getting to know Pacific Northwest nature: a tour with Portland’s Volcano Lands

I’ve been a reader of biologist Ivan Phillipsen’s blog Wild Pacific Northwest ever since I first came across it. He exudes a love and passion for the nature that surrounds us, and the site contains a wealth of information on … Continue reading

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Upcoming nature events in Portland

Hike series with Friends of the Columbia River Gorge Hike series with Oregon Wild (also, three OW/Outdoor Project hikes) Fall nature classes at Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve September 1-30 | Swift Watch | Audubon Society of Portland September 19 | Kids Nature Night Out: Coyote Connections | … Continue reading

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Monday thought of the week: a deep and irresistible urge

A thought: When we see a child playing with a flower, or in the dirt, or skipping or playing tag, we should remind ourselves that what we are looking at is the child-like result of a deep and irresistible urge to interact with … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo of the week: tree time

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BOOK: Home Grown: Adventures in Parenting off the Beaten Path, Unschooling, and Reconnecting with the Natural World

Ben Hewitt, Home Grown: Adventures in Parenting off the Beaten Path, Unschooling, and Reconnecting with the Natural World (Boston: Roost Books, 2014), 176 pp. Publisher’s description: In this most personal of his books to date, Ben Hewitt shows us how … Continue reading

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Monday thought of the week: especially you

A thought: … I want you to see that it doesn’t take any special skills or training to be an outdoor parent. You don’t have to been physically fit, like cold weather or know the names of every bug your … Continue reading

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BOOK: Flashlight

Lizi Boyd, Flashlight (San Fransisco: Chronicle Books, 2014), 40 pp. Publisher’s description: Inside a tent it’s cozy. But what is going on outside? Is it dark? Is it scary? Not if you have your trusty flashlight! Told solely through images … Continue reading

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BOOK: National Wildlife Federation’s World of Birds: A Beginner’s Guide

Kim Kurki, National Wildlife Federation’s World of Birds: A Beginner’s Guide (New York: Black Dog & Levanthal Publishers, 2014), 80 pp. Illustrations by Kim Kurki. Publisher’s description: National Wildlife Federation’s World of Birds introduces kids ages 7 through 12 to … Continue reading

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