- All writings and photographs on this site are, unless otherwise noted, © Michael D. Barton.
- Wednesday photo of the week: gorge view
- Upcoming nature events in Portland, including Earth Day at Kenton Park and Arbor Day Festival
- Monday thought of the week: to play safely outside
- Upcoming nature events in Portland
- Wednesday photo of the week: how high can he go?
- Monday thought of the week: many different things at once
- Wednesday photo of the week: what’s in the creek?
- Grand Opening of Outdoor Adventure at PCM on April 22
- Monday (um, Tuesday) thought of the week: close to home
- My two pieces in this month’s issue of Metro Parent
Monthly Archives: October 2010
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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