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Nature in the community

It’s nice to hear about programs that are close to home. This one is located in Florissant, Missouri and serves the students of the Ferguson-Florissant School District. The article is entitled “How Access to Nature During The School Year Can Help Students Thrive



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Nature study movement

Since my kids were first born, one of my favorite things to do was to go out and learn about nature.Be it in Amphibian Night, Owl Prowl or Wetland Night. So when I saw this article tonight in an e-mail from the Richard Louv Children & Nature Network, I knew I had to post it.



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School bell’s ringing


Randall Munroe makes science fun

After I read this article, I was ready to go to science class (if I just had a class to go to). In fact, maybe I need to look into finding a science class to take for adults. Hmm…?! Well, I take a look into that tomorrow.

Read this article by Randall Munroe, “He’s Glad You Asked” over in the Science section of the New York Times last Tuesday and see if you don’t agree. I tell you, as a lifetime learner, I was born to work in a library.



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To the great outdoors we go

So I’m reading a new book now and it’s entitled “Let Them Be Eaten by Bears : A Fearless Guide to Taking Our Kids into the Great Outdoors” by Peter Brown. This is one of those books that I checked out on a whim and usually when I go with my gut, I do pretty well. This one is no exception.

One of the first topics he hits upon is one that I learned about a few years ago reading Richard Louv’s first book Last Child in the Woods, called nature deficit disorder. Something that I’ve tried to make sure my kids are immune to by doing our share of outdoor adventures such as Amphibian Night, the Owl Prowl and the occasional trip to a park.

Something they aren’t immune to however is the television. In fact, just today I read an excellent article over on The Christian Science Monitor and via Children & Nature Network (which is in fact an organization started by Richard Louv) that really refutes a lot of what is said in a recent ad by Toys ‘R’ Us.

The article is entitled, “Toys ‘R’ Us Messes with Mother Nature: Trees vs. Toys +” by Amanda Paulson. Check it out, it too is worth the read.


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Kids & nature

This being the weekend I don’t see my kids has led me to do a lot of reflection on our time spent together. In fact, just this week I was going through my Conservation Connections Newsletter (for nature events in the St. Louis area) that I get online from the Missouri Department of Conservation and I recognized one of the events,  the Owl Prowl, which the kids and I have done several times over the years.

Something else I recently came across, the article “The Frog Who Fell Through Time” by Richard Louv, also took me back but to my childhood instead of theirs and the times I spent in my neighborhood woods with my friends. We spent hours out there and I have some of my best memories of my childhood from my time out in the woods.

So imagine my surprise when I saw this article, “Four in Five Children Are Not ‘Connected to Nature’“. I was troubled to say the least , granted that this study was done in the U.K., it’s still worrisome.  Just a couple of weeks ago though, the kids and I spent the best time at one of our local favorites, Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center, where we’ve done some of our Owl Prowls.

Chow for now!


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Nature & the zoo

So the kids and I have been watching We Bought a Zoo a lot lately. Personally I was never a huge fan of zoo’s but it seems lately that maybe my perspective is changing. I’ve recent written a couple of posts on one of my kids favorite amphibian’s, the hellbender. Both posts, Those other Hellbenders and Hell(bender) of a day  talked quite a bit on how the St. Louis Zoo and Bronx Zoo played an important role in the conservation of both the Ozark  the Eastern Hellbender, respectively.

Which leads to a more somber story on zoo’s. It seems that the zoo in Springfield, Missouri lost one of their elephant zookeepers,  John Bradford, 62 last week when he was crush by Patience, a 41 year old female elephant at the zoo. The story talks about how passionate John was about elephants, working at both the national and international level on elephant managment. The article is entitled “Zookeeper in Southwest Missouri Killed by Elephant” at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Rest in Peace!


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