Who’s having all the fun?

I recently read a friends article on introducing children and families to Nordic skiing. It brought me back to when I first learned how to ski and the influences this activity has had on my life over the last 40+ years. I have a vivid memory of my father standing me up on a pair… Continue Reading

Who’s having all the fun?

I recently read a friends article on introducing children and families to Nordic skiing. It brought me back to when I first learned how to ski and the influences this activity has had on my life over the last 40+ years. I have a vivid memory of my father standing me up on a pair… Continue Reading

Gifts from Nature

Gifts from Nature Looking for ideas for last minute gifts this holiday season or a fun project for the shorter days of winter? No need to look any farther than outside your window! Nature is brimming with gifts for all ages and interests; affordable and local! Below are 5 simple ways to welcome nature into… Continue Reading

Digging in the Snow- Quinzee’s

Digging in the Snow Winter is a time for sliding on ski’s, sleds, snowmobiles, and hiking on snow shoes. But did you know that winter is also a time to hang out inside too? Inside a snow hut that is!  All you need is a shovel and twigs and you’ll be on your way to… Continue Reading

Winter- planning for next season

The ‘long’ days of winter provide a wonderful time to do some research and planning for next season garden and green space(s). There’s a dizzying amount of resources out there to sort through. With an emphasis on sustainable school-wide projects, standards-based learning and curriculum, fun ideas and resources, I have included a few new (to… Continue Reading

Creating snow flakes

One of the great things about winter is snowflakes! You can catch them on your tongue as they fall from the sky, pack them together to make a snowman, snowball, snow fort or quinzee (snow cave) and even go skiing or sledding on them. Snow also gives us clues as to which animals have been… Continue Reading

Benefit from just looking out the window!

I was reading a few articles recently about urban design and was encouraged to read how little  ‘greening’ it takes to gain positive psychological and physical effects from ‘nature’. Need a little respite, feeling overwhelmed or a bit anxious? According to study upon study, if you’re living in a busy urban environment, all you need… Continue Reading

What’s in a name? Playscape, outdoor classroom, living lab…

I had a wonderful discussion recently with friend and colleague Ken Finch of Green Hearts (www.greeheartsinc.org). Our conversation meandered about, covering many topics, tricks of the trade, trials and triumphs. Center to the dialogue were terms such as playscape, outdoor classroom, learning landscapes, natural playground, outdoor education, living lab…. we may have overlooked a few.… Continue Reading

The lost art of Play?

Did we really ‘forget’ or do we not make the time? The outdoors is a classroom brimming with opportunities. “Nearly one in three parents choose to play computer games with their children thinking that’s what their kids will most enjoy,” said Byron. “However, nine out of 10 children said computer games were something …they would… Continue Reading

Reduce 10 by 10/10/10

Circle 10/10/10 on your calendar. That’s the date. The place is wherever you live. And the point is to do something (big or small) that will help deal with global warming in your community. The goal- the simple actions we take can help reduce our personal carbon emissions by 10% by 10/10/10! It only takes… Continue Reading