Archive for the ‘Outdoor’ Category

Childhood trees

So reading this article reminded me of all the times I climbed a tree when I was younger. Of course the time I remember most is when I fell out of the tree in our back yard.

Anyway, the article tonight is entitled “Climbing trees is safer than organized sports over at Treehugger. Oh to climb that tree again!

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian

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Trapper’s daughter

So tonight’s post is all about wood engraving artwork, nature and a character named the Trapper’s Daughter. It’s actually an article that when I came across (and I can’t remember where I found it), I realized that I’ve been to their shop up in Duluth.

The story, or article, is entitled “A Not-so-Brief History of the Trapper’s Daughter” by Marian over at Ken Speckle Letter Press. If you ever get up to Duluth, I highly recommend visiting their shop. Until then, visit their website and enjoy the amazing art work. It’s well worth your time.

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Green Librarian

Childhood camping

So when I read this story, it took me back immediately to my childhood and are days of camping, particularly out west. The article is entitled “What You Should Take on a Car Camping Trip” by Katherine Martinko over at Treehugger.

While unfortunately I haven’t done this with my kids, we have a family cabin up north and so I think we’ve gotten some of the same benefits. I also wouldn’t trade those memories for the world. I don’t think my kids would either.

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Good & dirty

Here is another moment where the article I’m going to write about isn’t available unless you have access to the Wall Street Journal. The article is entitled ” Get Your Children Good and Dirty” by B. Brett Finlay and Marie-Claire Arrieta.

The upside here however, is that the essay is adapted from their new book Let Them Eat Dirt: Saving Your Child From an Oversanitized World. Me, I’ve already requested it from my local library.

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Down, down, down

As I was cleaning out some old papers tonight, I came across this great article on what we as kids we call helicopter seeds. Those seed pods that are found on our old friend, the silver maple early in spring and then by summer, on our driveways and our yards.

Our house here was actually has surrounded by three of them until recently. We lost a large limb from the one in our back yard and unfortunately we had to have the tree taken down. I love trees, as many people know but the limb you see, fell our our house and that was a problem.

Anyway, the article I uncovered is entitled “Secret Found to Flight of ‘Helicopter Seeds‘” over at LiveScience.

Chow!

 

Green Librarian

 

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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Taking flight

With our “Butterflies on the Wing” trip to Emmenegger Nature Park coming up soon, I thought I would mention several articles on the topic of kids and nature.

First up, is a great story entitled “Children and the Forest” by Dr. Steven Farmer over at Care2.

Then there are two by one of my favorite writers over at Care2, Eric Steinman. They are “That is Dirty! Put it in your Mouth: Healthy Immune Systems through Dirt” and “Outside with your Kids!

Follow that with another great article, “Teach Your Children Empathy” from Seventh Generation. This sounds just like my younger two kids.

Last, but not least, there is this one (this one sounds like my daughter), “Can Your Child Love Nature Too Much?” from the Nature Conservancy. Some of those articles maybe a little old but, none the less, Good Stuff!

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Green Librarian