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New Study Shows that Parents Worldwide Agree: Our Kids Need More Nature!

By Sarita Bhargava on April 10, 2014 As a parent, worrying about our kids is part of our everyday – it goes hand in hand with parenthood. My worry list gets long, but my top two are their health and their happiness, and I bet it’s the same for you.  When it comes to yourContinue Reading

I’m Done Making My Kid’s Childhood Magical

By Bunmi Laditan, Huff Post Parents, March 31, 2014 If our grandmothers and great-grandmothers could see the pressure modern mothers put on themselves, they’d think we were insane.  Since when does being a good mom mean you spend your days creating elaborate crafts for your children, making sure their rooms are decked-out Pottery Barn IkeaContinue Reading

HOW WE SPEND OUR DAYS: The Real, the Virtual, and Placing Our Children in Nature’s Path

By Cindy Ross on March 1st, 2014 HOW WE SPEND OUR DAYS: The Real, the Virtual, and Placing Our Children in Nature’s Path All along the creek are miles and miles of beaver dams in all stages of construction and deterioration. Behind dry, deserted dams, the silt is built up to dam level, making itContinue Reading

The Overprotected Kid by Hanna Rosin, Apr 2014

A trio of boys tramps along the length of a wooden fence, back and forth, shouting like carnival barkers. “The Land! It opens in half an hour.” Down a path and across a grassy square, 5-year-old Dylan can hear them through the window of his nana’s front room. He tries to figure out what half anContinue Reading

Discovery Hill—A Schoolyard Habitat

October 29, 2013 By Marya Fowler Ashley Gutierrez and Alexis Cody use a boulder to write their observations. On the way back to school one girl in my class said, “What fun…I love that place” and another said “I wish we could go everyday” and a boy remarked, “I just didn’t know we could findContinue Reading

Stressed Out in America: 5 Reasons to Let Your Kids Play

By Katie Hurley, Huffington Post, Feb 28, 2014 It’s no big secret that children are currently on the fast track to success.  What kind of success they might find at the end of this high-pressure race remains to be seen, but they are being pushed to succeed everywhere they turn. Children, it seems, are losingContinue Reading

Outdoor learning: Education’s next revolution?

A growing body of research suggests that exposing students to nature could yield extraordinary results By Laura Smith, Salon, Feb 16, 2014   (Credit: shippee via Shutterstock) If you’ve been out of school for a while, your memory of time spent in classrooms may be bathed in a nostalgic glow. In reality, though, you probablyContinue Reading

Hawk Watch Gathering Population Data on Birds of Prey at Straits of Mackinac

By Erich T. Doerr, The St. Ignace News, May 9, 2013 Over the past several weeks, hawk activity has been on the rise at the Straits of Mackinac as various species migrate north. Keeping track of the number of birds of prey in the area right now is the goal of the Hawk Watch project.Continue Reading

Does outdoor play make kids smarter?

Shana Negin, left, of Oakland, high-fives her daughter Seneca Johnson, 1, as they play with her other daughter Talia Johnson, 3, center, at Montclair Park in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. Experts are finding that outdoor play provides a wealth of cognitive benefits for children, from planning and organization to improving the symptomsContinue Reading

Gazing at stars rather than screens

Nathan Crabbe Sunday, February 9, 2014 in The Gainesville Sun It took an evening listening to Finnish music in the dark to revive my hope that my daughter will develop a love of nature. Last weekend, a stargazing event brought hundreds of people to the Hickory Ranch portion of Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park. TheContinue Reading