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BOOK REVIEW: Best Outdoor Adventures Near Portland

NOTE: Sawyer will give a talk about his book at the Canby Public Library on Tuesday, October 11, from 6:30-7:30pm. Portland’s “Professional Gentleman of Leisure” Adam Sawyer published in 2014 Hiking Waterfalls in Oregon: A Guide to the State’s Best Waterfall … Continue reading

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BOOK: Woodland Adventure Handbook

If you run a nature camp or family nature group and have access to a wooded area near you, this just might be a book you need on your shelf. Adam Dove, Woodland Adventure Handbook (London: Frances Lincoln Limited, 2015), … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: 59 Illustrated National Parks: 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service

National parks played a big part in my family’s summer this year. We visited Mount Rainier NP twice, Olympic National Park, and Lassen Volcanic National Park. And to gain entry into those parks we had my son’s Every Kid In … Continue reading

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Monday thought of the week: hope

A thought: I fear I will always be a poor and bumbling naturalist, forever in the awkward early stages of a relationship with nature. But perhaps there’s hope for the next generation. – Nathanael Johnson, reflecting on exploring nature with … Continue reading

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BOOK: The Big Book of Nature Activities: A Year-Round Guide to Outdoor Learning

Every time I share about a new book of nature activities, I wonder if there is the need for more books of this nature. And while it may seem that one book or a few might be enough for a … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: Let Your Kids Go Wild Outside

Full of abundant information on habitats, flora and fauna, and nature exploration, this guide to outdoor activities refreshes with it’s plethora of photographs and enthusiasm about all manner of topics related to nature (I especially appreciate the section on famous … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: Our Great Big Backyard

I don’t generally put the Bush family and connecting kids to nature in the same thought, but former First Lady Laura Bush has advocated for bringing children outside again and protecting wild spaces in Texas, where she lives (see here). So … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: Whatever the Weather: Science Experiments and Art Activities that Explore the Wonders of Weather

I am delighted to see this book come to fruition. For perhaps a year now I have been following the authors’ blog, Twitter, and Facebook page/group Mud Puddles to Meteors, as well as one of the authors on her own Instagram. They … Continue reading

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How we celebrated #KidstoParks Day 2016

Last Saturday was the National Park Trust’s annual Kids to Parks Day. I hosted a giveaway here for two cool National Geographic kid’s books about national parks, and the random winner was Stephanie of Raising Kids Wild. Thank you all … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: A Little Bit of Dirt: 55+ Science and Art Activities to Reconnect Children with Nature

“It’s easiest to imagine outdoor play on a sunny, warm day, maybe even on a beach with waves crashing and warm sand between your toes, but outdoor play is important for kids year-round.” So says Asia Citro of the website … Continue reading

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