Category Archives: robert michael pyle

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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Monday thought of the week: watch her go!

A thought: Give a child a pair of binoculars or a camera, and he will be occupied for a moment or two, before setting it aside. But give her a net, and watch her go! – Robert Michael Pyle, “The … Continue reading

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Monday thought of the week: special places

A thought: For special places to work their magic on kids, they need to be able to do some clamber and damage. They need to be free to climb trees, muck about, catch things, and get wet – above all, … Continue reading

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Monday thought of the week: advice to parents

A thought: Here’s my advice to parents: 1) Kick them out of the house! Our parents did this. They said, “Go outside and play, come back for supper.” Send them outdoors, if only in the back yard. 2) Take an … Continue reading

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Monday thought of the week: the freedom of the day

A thought: Children still long to experience the freedom of the day: I am convinced that the inclination survives, even if they aren’t given license to follow it. They want to confront the world on their own terms. They want … Continue reading

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Monday thought of the week: real nature v. tech nature

A thought: Robert Michael Pyle worries about the extinction of experience, a term he coined to refer to the loss of intimate experience with the natural world. Richard Louv describes our children’s lack of unstructured outdoor play and time to … Continue reading

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Monday thought of the week: face-to-face

A thought: A face-to-face encounter with a banana slug means much more than a Komodo dragon seen on television. With rhinos mating in the living room, who will care about the creatures next door? – Robert Michael Pyle, Thunder Tree: … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: Companions in Wonder: Children and Adults Exploring Nature Together

I received this book to review earlier this year, and while wanting to post about it as soon as possible, I have restrained from mentioning it here until I was completely done reading it. Companions in Wonder: Children and Adults Exploring … Continue reading

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Humanist Perspectives: Connecting Children to Nature

I did a guest post for the blog of the Foundation Beyond Belief, which I copy here: Humanist Perspectives: Connecting Children to Nature This post is part of our Humanist Perspectives series. In this series, we invite guest contributors to explore active … Continue reading

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Monday thought of the week: the ones that lag behind

A thought: I think you’re right about that. Maybe we’re not going to bring all kids into natural history the way they’re into soccer. But maybe instead, we can keep our eyeballs out for those particular kids who have an … Continue reading

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