Next Generation Ecologists: Raising Our Kids to Care about the Planet

Today is Earth Day! How are you celebrating? This past weekend we were watching a nature documentary. Jealous of the photojournalists, I turned to my husband, "Can you believe that is their real-life job?" We started talking about what it would take to be an ecologist or photojournalist for National Geographic (the pipe dream of … Continue reading Next Generation Ecologists: Raising Our Kids to Care about the Planet

Coronavirus Course Correction

You've probably seen that nefarious thorny blob, the microscopic representation of the coronavirus. While these days anyone mentioning "coronavirus" is likely talking about COVID-19 and the global pandemic we're currently going through (even typing that is weird - is this real life?), the name coronavirus is actually more of classification describing a range of respiratory … Continue reading Coronavirus Course Correction

How to Encourage Wild and Free Learning When You’re Stuck at Home

Spring is a glorious time for nature exploration. But how can we give our children access to nature when public parks are closed, trails roped off, and #socialdistancing limiting excursions? As part of my "Quarantine Reading List", I recently finished The Geography of Childhood by Gary Paul Nabhan and Stephen Trimble, which emphasized children's developmental … Continue reading How to Encourage Wild and Free Learning When You’re Stuck at Home