Monthly Archives: October 2010

Eat a burger for Audubon's Community-Based Camps!

Via the Audubon Society of Portland: This Saturday, October 30, eat at participating Burgerville restaurants and Send a Kid to Camp! Portland Audubon Community-Based Summer Camp provides children with exciting experiences in nature, in five-day summer camp and then in … Continue reading

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Friday links for the week

Only 4 days left to vote Yes on 76: Protect Oregon’s Water, Parks and Wildlife OregonLive: New documentary ‘Play Again’ unplugs six Portland-area teens; website and trailer: Your Parks Go Guide: Helping Build Communities–Forest Grove’s ‘B’ Street Trail OPB Field … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo of the week: on a bridge…

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Nature education links

NSTA Blog: Experience being outdoors in nature—how much do we need? NSTA, Science & Children articles: Nature’s Palette and A Walk in the Woods

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Monday thought of the week: evoliteracy

A thought: Schooling for sustainability should be rooted in three intertwined elements, each of which informs the other two: 1) new metaphors—including the web, the tree, and the river/whirlpool—that enable us to perceive reality in new and instructive ways; 2) … Continue reading

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Elections are upon all of us. Here in Oregon, voting is done by mail, so I have done so already. There are some interesting measures on the ballot for Portland: Passed Measure 76 Amends Constitution: Continues lottery funding for parks, beaches, … Continue reading

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Connect2science: Through Nature (workshop in Portland)

Funny that on the same day I post a video about making connections to nature comes an opportunity for informal educators: Connect2science: Through Nature From Thursday, November 18, 2010 – 09:00am To Friday, November 19, 2010 – 04:00pm A Nature-based … Continue reading

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Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge

Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge (website/map) Date visited: 27 March 2010 Previous visits: none Photos (others’ photos) All posts mentioning “Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge” Books: Dave Anderson/Audubon Society of Portland, A field guide to Oaks Bottom (1979) Facebook/Facebook/Twitter Although we did … Continue reading

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Making Connections

Here’s a nice video, Making Connections – Montana Natural History Center (3:47) from Conservation Media on Vimeo. Although in Montana, I think the visuals and quotations used in the video nicely get across that children need to be connected to nature.

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Introductory post for Exploring Portland’s Natural Areas

Welcome to Exploring Portland’s Natural Areas, a blog devoted to doing just that. My name is Michael, and my wife and I have a six-year-old son named Patrick and a baby daughter names Afton. We moved to Portland, Oregon from Bozeman, Montana … Continue reading

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