Tag Archives: Teachers

THE NATURE-SMART CAREER: 11 New Jobs For a Nature-Rich Future

By Richard Louv, March 24th, 2014 What if high schools and colleges helped students create a nature-rich future, helped them become outdoor entrepreneurs? By that, I don’t mean careers devoted only to energy efficiency. That’s important, but there’s a whole new category of green jobs coming and some of them are already here — nature-smart jobs.Continue Reading

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING DURABLE: Building Natural Strength in Our Kids

By Jenifer Joy Madden,  March 27th, 2014 Words we’ve been hearing in the news lately are being touted as good academic medicine by some schools around the U.S. One is resilience—the ability to face adversity with confidence and gritted teeth. Then there’s grit itself—the single-minded stick-to-it-tiveness that welcomes mistakes for their teaching potential. Now comes the even broader term, durable. LikeContinue Reading

Earth Week Expo in Cheboygan, Apr 12th

Earth Week Expo Northern Michigan 2014 What: A family friendly event featuring presentations about the earth and its creatures, displays, and exhibits for all ages. Where:  Cheboygan High School, 801 West Lincoln Ave.Cheboygan, Michigan. 49721 When: Saturday, April 12th, 2014 DOORS OPEN AT 11:30 AM The following local businesses and organizations will have educational, retail salesContinue 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

September GKO Workshop: Exploring Under Michigan

September 22, Sunday 10 am to noon Raven Hill Discovery Center, East Jordan Presented by Cheri Leach, Raven Hill Discovery Center Geared toward teachers interested in strengthening their science skills in geology, and enhancing lessons with hands-on activities, this workshop will inspire anyone to want to learn more about geology.  Join Cheri Leach at RavenContinue Reading

August GKO Workshop: The Odawa Influence

The Odawa Influence: The Odawa Participation in American & Local History August 25, Sunday 10 am to noon Harbor Springs Public Beach (across from Holy Childhood Church) Presented by Eric Hemenway, Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa As the nation celebrates the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 & the 150th anniversary of theContinue Reading

Learn Local: Connecting Students to Place

 Thursday, June 20, 2013 10am-12:30pm Shay Elementary School, Conference Room Presented by Molly Ames Baker, The Outfitter of Harbor Springs  This hands-on workshop is designed for educators, K-12 from all disciplines, who are interested in expanding methods, and resources to connect students to our local place. How can you use local resources – the lake,Continue Reading

NATURAL TEACHERS: 10 Ways You Can Add Vitamin “N” to your Classroom & Beyond

By Richard Louv on March 23rd, 2013 Not long ago I met some dedicated young women who were doing their student teaching at an impressive nature-based preschool. They made it clear that they’d love to pursue careers at similar schools. But they were discouraged about the prospects. Despite growing demand from parents, the number of nature-basedContinue Reading

The Zen of Partnerships: A Passage from ‘Me’ to ‘We’

By Maureen Stine  Years ago, I caught a friend’s reaction to a challenging work assignment.  His supervisor wanted him to establish a 501(c)3 volunteer group for their civic center to enhance and support future programming.  “Man,” he groaned (the boss out of range), “I don’t have the time, and nobody’s ever shown interest in volunteeringContinue Reading