Blog for Connecting to Nature

A young child wearing a red backpack and holding a stuffed toy bear, stands on a ridge and looks out at some hills on a foggy day
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The "culture of danger," as in child-proofing homes, daycare facilities, and outside play areas, has touched every aspect of early childhood education. How can one go about playing in backyards and play areas when one lives near bears, moose, and coyotes? It is all about acquiring knowledge of wildlife behavior and discovering the special capabilities of very young children.

A photo of a family standing in front of a table, reading a display about yellow perch and aquaculture in Ohio.
Tabletop display materials will be used at outreach events such as here at the Ohio Fish and Shrimp Festival in September 2022. Photo credit: Nicole Wright
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Moderator Endorsed: Global EE

Dive into the story of an Ohioan partnership linking people and small businesses across the state through education, and follow the yellow perch's journey from source to plate in the latest Harvest Stories.

Two women smile at the camera while each holding a mason jar filled with rocks, soil, and green vegetation.
During the Worldwide Teach-In last March, students created terrariums after learning about the environmental benefits of gardening and growing food. Photo credit: Kerry Hustwit / Neumann University
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Moderator Endorsed: Global EE
Moderator Endorsed: K-12 EE

What's the Worldwide Teach-In? Learn about a bottom-up educational event led by educators and community members.

Two people in a canoe on a lake on a misty day
Photo Credit: Deb and Harry Spillman, Joe Baust
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Moderator Endorsed: Global EE

We learn through personal experiences. In turn our verve for whatever we learn is contagious. The author discovered photography as a means of expressing her love for the natural world. Up at 5:15 AM, she would go to Bard Lake and discover the moments of sunrise and the natural world in that time frame. Her discoveries encouraged others to join her and a whole community of early risers was born to uncover the majesty of the morning in the context of the natural world. Her perspective of what Environmental Education entails confirms the field has much to offer educators and students alike.

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We truly appreciate the collective exchange of ideas each of the presenters and keynote speakers facilitate and champion at the NAAEE Annual Research Symposium and Conference. In this post, we're amplifying sessions at NAAEE2022 that center Native voices, culture, and knowledge.