Category Archives: education

BOOK REVIEW: Grand Canyon by Jason Chin

I have yet to visit the Grand Canyon. My family and I have visited many of the familiar national parks of the west, but so far not this miles-wide chasm in Arizona. After reading the new children’s book Grand Canyon … Continue reading

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BOOK: There’s No Such Thing as Bad Weather & GIVEAWAY!

Last spring when I attended the annual Children & Nature Network conference in Vancouver, B.C., I met Linda McGurk, a Swedish-born, Indiana-living freelance journalist and mother of two girls who writes the blog Rain or Shine Mamma. We had been … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: Where’s Rodney?

Not every child can sit still in a classroom setting all day long. Children need to move their bodies and explore their environment. A new book from the Yosemite Conservancy follows young Rodney, an elementary-grade student who just can’t remain … Continue reading

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BOOKS: Six recent titles from Dawn Publications about the natural world

I am incredibly tardy in sharing about these new books from Dawn Publications, a publisher that focuses on books about nature for kids. I always enjoy getting these from them and sharing about them here! Here are the three books … Continue reading

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BOOK: Out of School and Into Nature: The Anna Comstock Story

I have long had a 1931 edition of the book Handbook of Nature Study (1911) that I treasure, handed down to me from my grandfather. It’s author, Anna Comstock, was always a lover of nature. But she decided to major in … Continue reading

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Monday thought of the week: little outdoor people

A thought: Kids are natural little outdoor people. It is we, the adults, that turn them into indoor people. – Mark Jenkins, in the Foreword to Jennifer Bove, ed., Wild with Child: Adventures of Families in the Great Outdoors (Palo Alto: Solas … Continue reading

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Nature-based camps for Summer 2017

Registration for summer camps is happening right now! Here are places in the Portland area with nature-based programs. Be sure to contact each place to find out about availability and prices, and please comment below if I have missed any… Adventure … Continue reading

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Two upcoming Portland area children & nature events

Attention parents, teachers, school administrators, and informal educators, here are two events of interest being put on by The Intertwine next month: Children, Nature & Schools Symposium (Oregon Zoo) March 13 (Mon), 9a-6p $50, register by 3/8 Clark County Youth … Continue reading

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Monday thought of the week: attention is the beginning of devotion

A thought: Teach the children. We don’t matter much. But the children do. Show them daisies and the pale hepatica. Teach them the taste of sassafras and wintergreen. The lives of the blue sailors, mallow, sunbursts, the moccasin flowers. And … Continue reading

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30 Birds to Know in Portland

30 Birds to Know in Portland/30 Aves Para Conocer en Portland is a deck of flashcards for beginning birders (printed in Portland). The 30 species represent those most commonly seen in the Portland region, such as the Great Blue Heron, … Continue reading

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