Category Archives: education

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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Monday thought of the week: brooks not books

A thought: Teach your children to bring them in for themselves. Take your text from the brooks, not from the booksellers. – naturalist Louis Agassiz on how children should collect natural history specimens, quoted in David Starr Jordan‘s Science Sketches (Chicago: … 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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Monday thought of the week: all meant to be naturalists

A thought: We were all meant to be naturalists, each in his degree, and it is inexcusable to live in a world so full of the marvels of plant and animal life and to care for none of these things. … Continue reading

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