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How to Be a Mentor for a Child’s Immersion in Nature

Just Add Kids and Nature The first thing you want to keep in mind is that you want to create a safe learning environment for your child or students to interact with their surroundings. It is important that children have ample opportunities to be stimulated by direct experience. This is a special place that you […]

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“The Pharmacy Is All Around Us”

On November 11, 2013, Frank Grindrod made his first primetime appearance! Here’s the segment from Chronicle, Main Streets episode (you can scroll in about 2:49 minutes to see Frank’s portion about wild edibles; or you can watch the whole segment to see some of our community). Wild Edibles with Frank Grindrod of Wilderness Survival Training […]

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Nature Mapping

How do we get to know our place? By exploring it! Do you remember as a kid creating a treasure map? You and some friends may have had a can of special objects that you decided to hide together. The question, after deciding where to hide it, was how to find it again. You had […]

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Create Your Own Nature Map

There’s a real power in naming places in Nature. This transforms your yard, back woods, special hiking or camping area into a magical land of possibilities! It’s one thing to be in the woods by that tree over there, but it is quite another to share a story about a place you have had a […]

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Nature Connection and Cultural Mentoring

The Transformational Power of Nature Connection and Cultural Mentoring Nature connection is not just important but wildly important! A past Valley Kids was packed with several stories on nature-based learning with some powerful evidence to share about Richard Louv, the author of Last Child in the Woods, and his work about Nature Deficit Disorder and […]

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Spring Is Awakening All Around Us

Look, Listen, Feel, Touch and Taste Deep Listening, There Is More Going on than You Think The sounds of spring are all around us. There is a BIG difference in hearing and listening. Hearing can be passive. Listening causes us to reach out with our senses to become more present in the moment. We may […]

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Winter Shelter Building (Quinzee)

This is an article we wrote in the past but is so pertinent right now! Maya and the Great Outdoors A Daddy-and-Daughter’s Quest for Adventure, Knowledge and Fun in NATURE. Winter is a magical time full of wonder! Animal tracks abound; coyotes and owls call, interrupting a profound silence; and the moon glistens off the […]

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Nature’s Gifts

Greetings! The holiday times are upon us. You could go out and buy all kinds of decorations for your Christmas tree or your windows, or cards for friends and family. But let’s look at another perspective…how about creating your own decorations using materials from the natural world? Our ancestors constantly used different fibers of different […]

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