Yes you heard it right I, a big outdoor enthusiast, think it is alright if some hiking trails in parks are paved and here is why. Simply put paved trails make parks more accessible for so many more people who … Read more
Great Environmental Education Gifts for Educators!
It is the holiday season and I like many other educators have things on my wish list that are not just for me but to be used for teaching as well! Many other educators will be doing this as well … Read more
5 Ways to Improve Your Outdoor Winter Class!
It is that fun time of the year again in the northern hemisphere known as winter or if not yet winter soon will be coming to a place near you! It’s beginning to be freezing cold with a side of … Read more
Why We Can’t Replace Nature Centers
Over a year ago I talked with some fellow naturalists* about ways to make environmental education more accessible so that teachers and parents could do more with their own kids. So that whether they had outdoor space available to do … Read more
How to Plan an Outdoor Class!
Planning an outdoor class can be summed up into 5 main topics:
#1 Location, Day, & Amount of time
#3 Standards or Why are you going outside?
#4 Activities: Materials needed & back up
#5 Behavior Plan
#1… Read more
Freeman Tilden’s Principles for Teachers
You may be looking at this article just to find out who this guy Freeman Tilden is and what he has to do with teachers. That is okay in the world outside of environmental education and the U.S. National Parks … Read more
Free Lesson Plans & Webinars on the National Wildlife Federation’s Website
For this week’s blog I am bringing to you all the FREE (yes you read correctly) free lesson plans and webinars on the National Wildlife Federation’s website and also breaking them down for you to show you what an awesome … Read more
10 Surprising Physical and Mental Health Benefits of Going Outdoors
Recently, there has been a lot of research and news about the health benefits of being out in nature. So below I have broken down the benefits into the 5 physical health benefits and the 5 mental health benefits of … Read more