Do you remember buttercups and fireflies; kicking leaves and watching clouds go by? Those experiences and other memories of playing in the outdoors have been a part of children’s lives for centuries. But somehow, we’ve managed to steal away this rite of passage. Children are not playing in the outdoors—except for organized sports. What joy we had that they won’t know! What sadness to think that they don’t see butterflies or pick dandelions! How can we expect them to be stewards of our planet when they have no relationship or experience with nature?
My work—my life—is dedicated to connecting people with nature. I believe environmental education begins and ends with outdoor experiences. I believe that everyone needs to be taught that nature is not a destination. We don’t need to go to Yellowstone National Park to “get into” nature. Nature is in our local parks, cities, rivers, lakes, and yes, even in our backyards. Through the Examiner, I will help parents and other educators to see and experience nature and teach them how to bring children into the outdoors.
I can’t wait to share my work and the work of organizations such the No Child Left Inside (NCLI) coalition, the National Wildlife Federation, Planet Explore and the Children and Nature Network. I’m looking forward to sharing places right here in the Delaware Valley where you can witness first-hand several phenomena in our natural world. I hope to become your go-to source for what’s happening in nature and in environmental education for families as well as classrooms.
To begin, I invite you to join me in person or on-air this month. Let’s meet, shake hands, and chat about brightening our children’s futures so they too, will remember buttercups and fireflies, kicking leaves and watching clouds go by.
On Saturday December 11th I’ll be at Tyler Arboretum in Media, PA, presenting I Saw A Bald Eagle Soaring Over My Grocery Store. This true story of how I got turned onto and tuned into nature has been enjoyed by tens of thousands of kids and their families all over the U.S. and I’m excited to present it so close to home. The program is followed by a book signing giving you the opportunity to get a signed copy of my book “Take a Winter Nature Walk”. This book will give you and your family a new perspective on nature in the winter and it makes a great gift for kids, their families and teachers on your holiday gift list. For more information visit the Tyler Arboretum website.
On Wednesday, December 15th I’ll be appearing live on Kids Corner radio with host Kathy O’Connell. On this night, kids can call in their “nature reports”, sharing with us the things they’ve seen in nature. Call us and listen live on:
88.5fm WXPN-Philadelphia, PA
88.7fm WXPH-Lancaster/York, PA
99.7fm WXPH-Harrisburg, PA
90.5fm WKHS-Worton/Baltimore, MD
and 104.9fm in the Lehigh Valley, PA
You can also listen live worldwide at:
And on Saturday, December 18th from 10AM to noon, I’ll be at in Abington, PA at the Briar Bush Nature Center. Please join me and my friends Mike Weilbacher, Director of the center and Kathy O’Connell, host of Kids Corner radio for Winterfest; a celebration of nature with nature walks, storytimes, animal shows, and crafts. They’ll also be a book sale and signing. For more information visit the Briar Bush Nature Center website.
Download a FREE copy of “Take a Cloud Walk” and learn more about me and my books at http://www.takeawalk.com.