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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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BOOK: The Sibley Guide to Birds, Second Edition

David Allen Sibley, The Sibley Guide to Birds, Second Edition (New York: Knopf, 2014), 624 pp. The publication of The Sibley Guide to Birds in 2000 quickly established David Allen Sibley as the author and illustrator of the nation’s supreme and … Continue reading

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BOOK: S is for Salmon: A Pacific Northwest Alphabet

Hannah Viano, S is for Salmon: A Pacific Northwest Alphabet (Seattle, WA: Little Bigfoot/Sasquatch Books, 2014), 32 pp. The flora, fauna, and essence of the Pacific Northwest is beautifully captured in this artistic alphabet book by papercut artist Hannah Viano. … Continue reading

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BOOK: Fiddleheads to Fir Trees: Leaves in All Seasons

Fiddleheads to Fir Trees: Leaves in all Seasons, by Joanne Linden and illustrated by Lauri Caple (Missoula, MT: Mountain Press, 2013, 32 pages), is an inviting introduction to the role that leaves play in plants’ lives throughout the year. Through … Continue reading

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BOOK: Leave No Child Inside: A Selection of Essays from Orion Magazine

Newly published: Leave No Child Inside: A Selection of Essays from Orion Magazine (Great Barrington, MA: Orion, 2013), 139 pages. “If we were to create communities and schools that educate children and youth to love the earth, know their place … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW (& Giveaway!): Shrubs to Know in Pacific Northwest Forests

Shrubs to Know in Pacific Northwest Forests, by Edward C. Jensen (Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University Extension Service, 2013), 148 pp. Earlier this year I posted about a well-respected field guide, Tree to Know in Oregon. The author has just … Continue reading

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BOOKS: Teaching Children Science: Hands-On Nature Study in North America, 1890-1930

This in-depth historical analysis may interest some nature educators, as we may tend to think that connecting to children to nature in education is a recent effort: Sally Gregory Kohlstedt, Teaching Children Science: Hands-On Nature Study in North America, 1890-1930 … Continue reading

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BOOK: National Geographic Illustrated Guide to Nature: From Your Back Door to the Great Outdoors

National Geographic Illustrated Guide to Nature: From Your Back Door to the Great Outdoors (Washington, D.C.: National Geographic, 2013), 448 pp. Bursting with beautiful images and completely authoritative text, this comprehensive nature field guide will help families, amateur adventurers, and … Continue reading

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BOOK: Meander Scars: Reflections on Healing the Willamette River

A new book out from Oregon State University Press may interest readers of this blog: Abby Phillips Metzger, Meander Scars: Reflections on Healing the Willamette River (Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University Press, 2013), 176 pp. In Meander Scars, Abby Phillips … Continue reading

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