Category Archives: education

Nature-based camps for Summer 2016

Registration for summer camps has begun with some organizations. I know, you’re thinking: we haven’t even hit Spring Break yet! But, for any parents who are looking to sign their child(ren) up for summer, here are places in the Portland area with awesome … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: Water is Water: A Book About the Water Cycle

Water is water, in all three states of matter: ice as a solid, liquid water as, well, a liquid, and water vapor as a gas. But there are many more ways of experiencing water, as shown beautifully in a new … Continue reading

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Monday thought of the week: the original multi-sensory learning experience

A thought: Nature is the original multi-sensory learning experience. It’s got it all. Children can access, engage and feed all their senses. It is a full body experience. This forest is a natural library. It contains an endless and untapped … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: Fall nature book titles from Dawn Publications look at bees & honey and moles & soil

I’ve reviewed books from Dawn Publications (Facebook/Twitter/blog) before (see here). They publish some of the best nature books for kids in my opinion. Their two new titles for Fall are equally as informative, creative, and appealing as previous titles. In If You … Continue reading

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Monday thought of the week: a very simple way

A thought: How much more they would make of their surroundings, and how much more these surroundings would heighten their interest and zest in life if they were able to appreciate them in even a very simple way. – Harold … Continue reading

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Nature Day in the Park at A.M. Kennedy Park

In mid-November I took my kids to A.M. Kennedy Park in Beaverton for a nature program with THPRD. Their Nature Days in the Park programs in the fall, winter, and spring seasons are for teaching folks who live near certain … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo of the week: every kid in a park

The new federal program to provide a free National Parks pass* to every 4th grader in the country is called Every Kid in a Park. Visit to sign your 4th grader up, and they can exchange their online printed … Continue reading

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Monday thought of the week: nature’s original

A thought: A sense of curiosity is nature’s original school of education. – Smiley Blanton

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BOOK: Sharing Nature: Nature Awareness Activities for All Ages

Whether you’re raising your children to be outdoor kids, teaching students at a school, or instilling a love for nature through environmental education programs at a nature center, you’ve likely come across educator Joseph Cornell’s well-respected guides to nature connection. … 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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