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Nature-based camps for Spring Break 2016

The Portland area has much to offer for kids to learn about many aspects of nature and be active outside. Here’s a list of organizations that offer nature-based camps for Spring Break 2017 (March 27-31). Be sure to contact each … Continue reading

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Monday thought of the week: attention is the beginning of devotion

A thought: Teach the children. We don’t matter much. But the children do. Show them daisies and the pale hepatica. Teach them the taste of sassafras and wintergreen. The lives of the blue sailors, mallow, sunbursts, the moccasin flowers. And … Continue reading

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Interview with Metro

In the winter issue of Metro’s Our Big Backyard, I was interviewed for an article about nature and health. Check it out! (online article here; the whole issue PDF includes more photos, pp. 3-5)

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BOOK: Nature’s Day: Discover the world of wonder on your doorstep

I’ve had this book for a little while now, and just getting to posting about it. Geared toward early elementary-aged kids, Nature’s Day invites the reader to explore what can be observed in nature during each of the four seasons. This large … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo of the week: family time in Utah

For the holidays, my family and I drove to Houston, TX and back. On our way back we stopped at Arches National Park in Utah for a few hours as a necessary road trip put stop. What a beautiful landscape. … Continue reading

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Monday thought of the week: something rare and very beautiful

A thought: It is important to me that my children can distinguish a vulture from a golden eagle by the cant of its wings. It reassures me to know that they can recognize the evening call of robins and the … Continue reading

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BOOK: Through a Green Lens: Fifty Years of Writing for Nature

One of my favorite nature writers is the naturalist and lepidopterist Robert Michael Pyle, who is often quoted in discussions about children and nature, especially his insightful question, “What is the extinction of a condor to a child who has … Continue reading

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BOOK: Lassoing the Sun: A Year in America’s National Parks

2016 is almost over, and with it the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. Columnist Mark Woods intended to write a book simply about visiting a variety of national parks over one year. Yet the book became much more … Continue reading

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Errand Time as Nature Time

Just a quick post to share with you that I’ve written a guest blog post for the non-profit Children & Nature Network – check it out: ERRAND TIME AS NATURE TIME: Finding a Way to Give Your Kids a Daily … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo of the week: early winter

Winter has come early to Portland, cancelling school on Thursday and Friday last week. It then melted, and snow started again today. Here’s a hot from the first snow fall:

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