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Wednesday photo of the week: pondering

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BOOK REVIEW: How to Raise a Wild Child, by Scott Sampson (and giveaway)

Last year I had the fortune of reading a draft of a forthcoming book about connecting children to nature. Geared toward mentors – be they parents, teachers, or other adults in a child’s life – this book captured for me … Continue reading

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Monday thought of the week: more than enough

A thought: Cultivating relationships with animals, both real and imagined, is one of the best ways to foster empathy during early childhood. Children want to run like deer, to slither along the ground like snakes, to be clever as a … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: Spring nature book titles from Dawn Publications look at the water cycle, life in the mountains, and bird sounds

I’ve reviewed books from Dawn Publications (Facebook/Twitter/blog) before (see here). Their three new titles for spring are equally as informative, creative, and appealing as previous titles. This publisher produces wonderful books about nature for kids; they are entertaining, beautiful illustrated, and engaging, for … Continue reading

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Upcoming nature events in Portland

It’s time to register for summer camps! Nature-based summer break camps in the Portland area The Tillamook Forest Center is back open for the spring – check out their upcoming events Hike series with the Forest Park Conservancy Hike series … Continue reading

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BOOK: For the Love of Rivers: A Scientist’s Journey

A new book from Oregon State University Press looks to be the perfect read for folks who love rivers: Kurt D. Fausch, For the Love of Rivers: A Scientist’s Journey (Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University Press, 2015), 288 pp. Publisher’s … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo of the week: stump snack

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REVIEW: MyMayu rain and outdoor toddler boots

I was offered the chance to have my daughter try out a pair of toddler boots from the British Columbia-based company MyMayu. I had taken her out a few times in a pair of basic rubber boots but she seemed to … Continue reading

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Monday thought of the week: they’re not out there

A thought: I think that one of the really sad things that’s happening with increased urbanization and the tremendous increase in human populations right across the Earth is that children are growing up out of contact with nature. They’re not … Continue reading

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Nature play parks in and near Portland

Welcome to Exploring Portland’s Natural Areas! You’re here – probably – because you are participating in the PNW Nature Blog Scavenger Hunt organized by The Metropolitan Field Guide. Head over to that site to read the rules. Enjoy the search! … Continue reading

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