Archive for the ‘Kids’ Category

Works of Nature

Today I went on a field trip with my daughters class to a place called the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area. It was enjoyable to see a group of kids having fun out in nature.

While the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area is a place that at one time (during WWII) was used to store explosives. It’s good to see that it’s been reclaimed and is now a place used for recreation. This article however, also gives you food for thought in how that process works.

It’s entitled “Wildland restoration is like marriage: An imperfect work in progress” by Rob Pudim at High Country News. What I actually found most interesting though was the commentary. It’s a process that takes time.



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The day after (fathers day) and nature


Yes I know fathers day was yesterday (and it was a great weekend). The boys and I watched the Great Race car’s take off from here in Kirkwood, Missouri and then my daughter and her cousin made us all pancakes on Sunday.

Anyway, when I read this article I was reminded of my dad and our relationship. My dad loved to garden and be outdoors. I’m fortunate enough to say I’ve been to both coasts and lots of places in between like the Rockie Mountains and out cabin up north in Minnesota.

So to all the dads out there, here’s a great article by Richard Louv at the Children & Nature Network entitled “FATHER NATURE“. I lost my dad 21 years this past June 15th but I know he’d be proud of what the kids and I have done over the years.



With one teenager at home and a second one coming soon, who knew that teenager’s could be so amazing (actually I did know but, that would be bragging about my own teenager/kids).

The article over at the Grist talks about a teenager who looking to save the oceans. It’s entitled “Dutch teen’s ocean-cleaning invention to launch next year” by Liz Core.



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Kids & pets and emotional intelligence

I have to say that this article came along at just the right time. I’ve been reading the book A Country Called Childhood by Jay Griffiths and while she never uses the term emotional intelligence, her thinking is along the same lines.

The article is entitled “Kids Who Grow Up with Dogs and Cats Are More Emotionally Intelligent and Compassionate” by Starre Varten over at the Mother Nature Network.  Both are a good read.



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Finding the perfect rock

When I came across this book over on the Rosetta Stone’s blog at Scientific American, I said I need to read this book, even if it is a kid’s book. After all, I have three kids.

The author gives us ten rules so they can find the perfect one. We’ll this is something my kids and I have been doing since our first trip to our cabin in Minnesota.

The article is entitled “A Perfect Book for Hooking Kids on Rocks” by Dana Hunter. I’ll keep you posted on if my kids like it.



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Thinking of my kids in nature

As my kids get older and my chances to get them out into nature begin to dwindle, this article reminds why it’s been important to continue to do that. The article is entitled “Let the Kids Play: Nature Can Take It” by Katherine Martinko over at Treehugger.



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Two for one

As the author of two blogs, this is the first time where I’m actually going to use the same post both here and over at the Autism Librarian, courtesy of the Children & Nature Network.

The article is a blog post entitled “Accessible Outdoors: Kids with Social, Emotional and Physical Disabilities Go Outside” by Kathy Ambrosini.



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