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BOOK: Children & Nature: Making 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 … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: Wait! Wait! & In the Meadow

   Two recent children’s books from Enchanted Lion Books, I absolutely adore. Their stories are as simple as can be, and their illustrations beautiful, delicate, and immersive. Translated from Japanese, they capture the wonder and excitement of young children exploring … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Portland (5th edition)

NOTE: Paul will be at Powell’s Books on Hawthorne this Thursday, August 7 at 7:30pm to talk about his book (info). Over the last four years of living in Portland, we’ve explored in many of the city’s natural areas and those in … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: Hiking Waterfalls in Oregon by Adam Sawyer

NOTE: Adam will be at Powell’s Books on Hawthorne on August 21 at 7:30pm to talk about this book (info). A few weeks ago I took my kids to a waterfall in the Columbia River Gorge. My guide for the … Continue reading

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BOOK: Trees & Shrubs of the Pacific Northwest

Portland publisher Timber Press has field guides to Pacific Northwest wildflowers, wildlife, mushrooms, and insects, as well as the wonderful Must-See Birds of the Pacific Northwest. Now they have just published a new book covering trees and shrubs: Mark Turner and … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: Secrets of the Apple Tree

I love nature books. We have lots of them in our house, and we check them out often from our library. And while there are many, many titles to choose from, sometimes one comes along that is in itself a … Continue reading

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BOOK: This Book Was a Tree: Ideas, Adventures, and Inspiration for Rediscovering the Natural World

Marcie Chambers Cuff, This Book Was a Tree: Ideas, Adventures, and Inspiration for Rediscovering the Natural World (New York: Perigee/Penguin, 2014), 208 pp. We live in a spectacular time of unprecedented digital connectivity. Yet never before have we been so … Continue reading

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BOOK: Field Guide to the Sedges of the Pacific Northwest (2nd ed.)

Oregon State University Press recently released a new edition of their guide to sedges: Barbara L. Wilson, et al, Field Guide to the Sedges of the Pacific Northwest, 2nd ed. (Corvallis: Oregon State University Press, 2014), 432 pp. Field Guide … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEWS: Spring nature book titles from Dawn Publications

Dawn Publications (Facebook/Twitter/blog) has three new children’s nature books for the Spring season that are geared toward kids ages 4-10, and I am happy to share a little about each one with you. Like I have mentioned before, this publisher produces … Continue reading

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GUEST POST: Camassia Natural Area in the Spring

Most of us can remember a place from our childhood, maybe out behind the house or in a vacant lot, where we could go to connect with nature. Portland is blessed with many such places, but perhaps none of them … Continue reading

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