It takes a forest, a field and a stream to raise a child

In 1996, back when the present U.S. Secretary of State was the first lady, Hillary Rodham-Clinton published a book titled “It Takes a Village: And Other Lessons Children Teach Us,” which popularized an old African proverb — “It takes a village to raise a child.” I’m betting that if David Paddock writes a book, itContinue reading “It takes a forest, a field and a stream to raise a child”

At an Urban L.A. School, Nature grows — and Test Scores, Too

Biological diversity does not come easily near the intersection of Olympic Boulevard and Hoover Street. From LA Times and Children and Nature.  The neighborhood just west of downtown is one of the most crowded in Los Angeles County, with 25,352 people per square mile. It’s chock-full of buildings and has lots of pavement, little landscapingContinue reading “At an Urban L.A. School, Nature grows — and Test Scores, Too”

USDA Forest Service Makes $1 Million Commitment to Get Kids Outdoors

Good news from Children and Nature USA, how money ‘can’ make a real difference to children’s lives and how they interact with their natural environment. For details see NAEE Blog Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced USDA‘s continuing commitment to get kids outdoors and connected to the natural world around them through $1 million inContinue reading “USDA Forest Service Makes $1 Million Commitment to Get Kids Outdoors”

My Top Stories of the Week – on my re-launched ‘Learn From Nature’ blog

My top stories of the week – * the Christchurch quake anniversary, 22 February * Baden Powell, the founder of Scouting, born 22 February  * how to build a bird nest box * climate deniers are trying to influence school science in USA – on Learn From Nature blog. Please visit, comment and follow – +Continue reading “My Top Stories of the Week – on my re-launched ‘Learn From Nature’ blog”