Category Archives: technology

Monday thought of the week: to instill these values

A thought: My kids go outside daily because they want to go outside daily. In fact, they love being outside. It is easily their happy place. So how did I get so lucky? Is it genetic? The fact is, I have … 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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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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Monday thought of the week: what we need to promote

A thought: Maybe the introduction of WIFI in cars is more about selling cars than anything else. But what we need to promote is nature. We need to help kids learn to appreciate nature so they’ll grow up to protect … Continue reading

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Update on the new Oregon Wildflowers app & Flora of Oregon book

Last year I posted about the new app for identifying wildflowers in Oregon: Available for download on iOS and Android devices, the Oregon Wildflowers app provides multimedia and information on nearly 1,000 wildflowers, shrubs and vines common in Oregon and … Continue reading

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Monday thought of the week: technology and nature

A thought: Smartphones can get our children excited about nature. Apps can cultivate curiosity about the natural world, allowing kids to identify and study trees, constellations, mountains and birds. The cameras on our phones can draw us closer to nature, … Continue reading

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New app to identify Oregon wildflowers

I now have on my smartphone the new Oregon Wildflowers app ($7.99) from the Oregon Flora Project at Oregon State University-Corvallis: Available for download on iOS and Android devices, the Oregon Wildflowers app provides multimedia and information on nearly 1,000 wildflowers, … Continue reading

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Monday thought of the week: look up

A thought (especially at the 2 minute mark):

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Monday thought of the week: many different things at once

A thought: Nature does not have to compete with technology for the attention of today’s kids. Nature only needs the opportunity to capture the imagination of youth. And if your kids return home dirty, wet and with a few scrapes … Continue reading

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Monday thought of the week: a world outside of screens

A thought: Just 20 years ago, children played out a lot more: 40% would regularly play in natural places. Now only 10% do. That’s why I’m trying to “market” Nature. The sales of outdoor play to children have fallen off … Continue reading

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