I’m making today’s entry work twice as hard – it’s my entry into this month’s Learning in the Great Outdoors blog carnival and my Thursday Thirteen. Because it’s a great topic – sharing the love and learning in nature with our children.
Nature— the sublime, the harsh, and the beautiful— offers something that the street or gated community or computer game cannot. Nature presents the young with something so much greater than they are; it offers an environment where they can easily contemplate infinity and eternity. Richard Louv
Here are thirteen portals to the Great Outdoors
1. From Backyard Nature Study – 101 Nature Oriented Things To Do This Spring
2. Backyard Jungle from PBS kids is a place where kids can explore their own backyards, record their discoveries and share them with other kids.
3. The Handbook Of Nature Study One family’s online nature journal using Anna Comstock’s book Handbook of Nature Study as their textbook and the great outdoors as their classroom. Includes instructions for developing a nature journal of your own.
4. Nature Study for Children – Charlotte Mason style, part one “Out of Door Life for the Children”
5. and Charlotte Mason – Part Two
6. Take a Child Outside An international program designed to help break down obstacles that keep children from discovering the natural world. By arming parents, teachers and other caregivers with resources on outdoor activities, our goal is to help children across the country develop a better understanding and appreciation of the environment in which they live, and a burgeoning enthusiasm for its exploration.
7. The Children & Nature Network Building a Movement to Reconnect Children and Nature
The Children & Nature Network (C&NN) was created to encourage and support the people and organizations working to reconnect children with nature. C&NN provides access to the latest news and research in the field and a peer-to-peer network of researchers and individuals, educators and organizations dedicated to children’s health and well-being.
8. The National Wildlife Federation’s National Wildlife Week in April National Wildlife Week provides an opportunity for people of all ages to explore the outdoors by joining in the Nature Quest Wildlife Watch, an effort that involves searching for and identifying local plants and animals, then sharing news of those discoveries with others across the country.
9. eNature Online Field Guides – They just about have it all –amphibians, birds, butterflies, fish, insects, reptiles, seashells, trees –You get the idea…
10. More from the Natural Wildlife Federation – Turn your backyard into a Certified Wildlife Habitat
11.The U.S. department of agriculture National Resource Conservation Service has a great series of tip sheets to download free. Whether you have rural acreage, a suburban yard, or a city lot, you can help protect the environment and add beauty and interest to your surroundings.
12. National Geographic’s Geography Action ! Habitats
Learn about habitats and conservation effort for the preservation of the world’s natural resources. Find education information, lesson plans, activities, games, events, and photos.
13. Be sure to check out the Learning In the Great Outdoors blog carnival every month for many more wonder filled ideas for Learning In the Great Outdoors!