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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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Monday thought of the week: a wonderland to me

A thought: I was just a twelve, thirteen year old boy, and it was just a wonderland to me. If I could, I would just do the same thing today that I did then but it would look funny. – … Continue reading

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GUEST POST: BOOK REVIEW: Baby Birds: An Artist Looks Into the Nest

This is a guest post from writer Bryony Angell of Seattle, WA. — BOOK REVIEW: Baby Birds: An Artist Looks Into the Nest by Julie Zickefoose (New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016), 352 pp. Hardcover, $28.00. Images courtesy the author/illustrator’s website (click each of them … Continue reading

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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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