What do you think about kids and risks? It's quite the topic these days. Personally, I am all for it. Click through to learn more and get great resources for helping children navigate risk.

Seed Swap: The More Risks

What do you think about kids and risks? It’s quite the topic these days. Personally, I am all for it. After years of teaching, aunting, and befriending children and parents, I am very positive about the outcomes that pro risk parenting brings. From social, academic, and physical confidence and resiliency to improved body awareness, a good set

Learn more about connecting children to place through the arts and gardening with Wings, Worms, and Wonder! Click through for lots of activities and ideas!

Wonder Wednesday 38: Place Based Mapmaking

Happy Wonder Wednesday #38!!! October is a busy month with so many festivals and outdoor fun to be had, but I hope you’ve had a few minutes to sit quietly and enjoy the changes happening seasonally within and without as we prepare for the darker and colder months of out earthly cycle. This month, in

Wonder and Other Survival Skills

When referring to everyday life, Orion nailed the phrase “wonder and other survival skills.” I really do believe that wonder is an important survival skill in modern life. It gives us strength to face overwhelming environmental issues, it gives us the ability to play, and it gives us the peace granting skill of connecting with place

Beautiful Biodiversity

Hiking in the mountain woods has really gotten me thinking about he importance of biodiversity. Not that I don’t always think it is important, of course! Yesterday I saw 4 types of moss and 2 types of lichen growing on one small area of a rock. Amazing. I can’t get enough of these moss and

No Matter What, Keep It Hands-on

“Hands-on experience at the critical time, not systematic knowledge, is what counts in the making of a naturalist. Better to be an untutored savage for a while, not to know the names or the anatomical detail. Better to spend long stretches of time just searching and dreaming.” E.O. Wilson, Professor, Biologist, and Entemologist, Harvard University

David Sobel and the Importance of Wild Play

Now that it is almost summer break, I thought you teachers and parents and parent teachers may be looking for a great book to read as you relax by a pool, ocean, mountain stream, or your water body of choice. This is the first in a little summer reading series and I’ll be offering up

Ecoliterate or Ecophobic? Musings on the new book Ecoliterate

For the past month, the new book Ecoliterate: How Educators Are Cultivating Emotional, Social, and Ecological Intelligence, authored by Daniel Goleman, Lisa Bennett, and Zenobia Barlow (and published by the Center for Ecoliteracy), has been quite a hot topic and is receiving a lot of praise from many sources – which on many levels it deserves. The book