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BOOK REVIEW: Born To Be Wild: Hundreds of Free Nature Activities for Families

A new book from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds in the UK aims to get more families outside in nature (and thus later to have an interest in the protection of the environment). As David Sobel has … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life

In The Last Child in the Woods (2005), Richard Louv brought the need to connect children to nature into the public conversation, introducing to parents, teachers, community partners, and policy-makers the term “nature-deficit disorder,” and described the benefits of nature … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: Outside: A Guide to Discovering Nature

I like nature books that are intended for kids to immerse themselves in – ones that they can pick and choose which pages to be particularity interested in at a certain time. Outside is just such a book: Maria Ana Peixe Dias … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: Worm Weather

Here in Oregon we’ve had days and days of rain. It’s expected, of course, and although as I type this our afternoon today is sunny, rain will continue as we get into Spring. That means getting my little girl out … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: Beauty from the Beast: Plate Tectonics and the Landscapes of the Pacific Northwest

Robert J. Lillie, Beauty from the Beast: Plate Tectonics and the Landscapes of the Pacific Northwest (Philomath, OR: Wells Creek Publishers, 2015), 92 pp. This slim but full-of-information guide to how much of the geology of the Pacific Northwest, and … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: Bringing the Outside In

I can’t get enough of children’s books that promote outdoor play. That combination – reading books & a love of nature – warms my heart. Bringing the Outside In by Mary McKenna Siddals is a new title the hits all the … Continue reading

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Monday thought of the week: the naturalistic experience

A thought: Whatever advances might be made in electronic technology and however creative the modern zoo or nature center have become, the naturalistic experience continues to be an unrivaled context for maturation and development. – Stephen R. Kellert, “The Naturalistic … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh

“A world-famous yet hardly known literary landscape.” That’s how the author of a new book describes her subject – a place many people know of from their childhood (or, parenting or grand-parenting years). It was a place one could first visit in … Continue reading

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BOOK: Muddy Boots: Outdoor Activities for Children

There will never be enough books with ideas for connecting kids to nature – they are always welcome! I’ve accumulated quite a few over the last few years. I am enjoying flipping through the following offering which was released last … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: Water is Water: A Book About the Water Cycle

Water is water, in all three states of matter: ice as a solid, liquid water as, well, a liquid, and water vapor as a gas. But there are many more ways of experiencing water, as shown beautifully in a new … Continue reading

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