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Family Earth/ Arbor Day Celebration at Wagbo Farm, Apr 27th

Sunday, April 27th 1pm to 3pm Martha Wagbo Farm and Education Center in East Jordan. FREE & family-friendly. A special day for showing our Mother Earth some love! We’ll be honoring the day with a tree planting, wooly crafts to make-and-take, fun games and activities and visiting the farm animals. For more information contact theContinue Reading

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

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

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

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

Michigan State Parks now taking camping reservations for summer!

Camping reservations available through September Michiganders may be beginning to feel like winter will never end, but spring is right around the corner and it’s not too early to start thinking of camping season! The online reservation system for Michigan state parks and harbors is now accepting reservations through September 2014. Reservations can be made online at www.midnrreservations.com, orContinue Reading

Nature Clubs for Families Tool Kit

Sign up online for your free kit!  Nature Clubs for Families Tool Kit: Do It Yourself! Do It Now! provides inspiration, information, tips and resources for those who are—or who might be—interested in creating a Nature Club for Families.  Do It Yourself Tools and Resources for families and caregivers on starting your own Nature ClubContinue 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

The emergence of nature phobias: Why more people are afraid of the outdoors

By Chris Kilham Published February 05, 2014 FoxNews.com With a majority of Earth’s human inhabitants living in urban and suburban areas, a phenomenon is occurring that has never previously existed: An increasing number of people are afraid of nature. This is striking, considering that we are natural beings, we have co-evolved with all other naturalContinue Reading

How Other Cultures Promote Children’s Independence and Self-control

From Great Kids, Great Outdoors,  an Appalachian Mountain Club blog, written by Heather Stephenson. Tuesday, February 4, 2014 In a large fenced park in Finland, Christine Gross-Loh was surprised that mothers were not concerned when their toddlers wandered far away; none chased their kids as American parents would. In Germany, she was astounded to seeContinue Reading