Category Archives: environment

Monday thought of the week: fabric of connectedness

A thought: Public lands are part of our fabric of connectedness in this country; through our common ownership and appreciation of them, we are vested in one another, state to state, region to region, hunter to schoolteacher to tattooist to … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo of the week: happy kid, happy earth

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Monday thought of the week: arranging a romance

A thought: I cannot expect my children to care about an earth they have never felt seep between their toes or to protect the life of a bird they have never heard sing. I am arranging a romance, hoping they … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: Born To Be Wild: Hundreds of Free Nature Activities for Families

A new book from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds in the UK aims to get more families outside in nature (and thus later to have an interest in the protection of the environment). As David Sobel has … Continue reading

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Monday thought of the week: expectations

A thought: Unless we are willing to encourage our children to reconnect with and appreciate the natural world, we can’t expect them to help protect and care for it. – David Suzuki, “Outdoor fun is good for kids and the … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: Wild Ideas: Let Nature Inspire Your Thinking

Elin Kelsey, Wild Ideas: Let Nature Inspire Your Thinking (Berkeley, CA: Owlkids Books, 2015), 32 pp. Artwork by Soyeon Kim. Without using the term, Wild Ideas is all about biomimicry – looking to nature’s innovations to model approaches to solving human … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: All the Wild Wonders: Poems of our Earth

Earth Day was a little over one week ago. At some point on that day, I sat down with my toddler daughter and read to her some poems from the new book* All the Wild Wonders: Poems of our Earth, edited … Continue reading

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My third column for Metro Parent about kids and nature

The July issue of Metro Parent magazine contains the third (of four) of my “Raising Nature Explorers” columns. This one is titled “What Does It Mean To Be Connected to Nature?” and I share several ways that we feel connected … Continue reading

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Monday thought of the week: for the future

A thought: Children need nature, but nature needs children more. Children who regularly play in nature grow up to be adults who care about green space and environmental issues. We’re going to face some really tough questions over the environment … Continue reading

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Monday thought of the week: an endangered indicator species

A thought: Passion is lifted from the earth itself by the muddy hands of the young; it travels along grass-stained sleeves to the heart. If we are going to save environmentalism and the environment, we must also save an endangered … Continue reading

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