Dr. Jeremy Solin shares how he connected to the land and made it his business. We make meaning by seeking associations with the land. Aldo Leopold saw it this way: "When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect." When we see things through the eyes of what we love, to protect it and sustain it. We then have a model that asks us to act in a way that represents our love for the earth, to protect it, and to pass it along to the next generation.
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.
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.
Guest writer David J. Backes shares the wisdom of Sigurd F. Olsen who is as relevant to connecting to nature today as in 1987. In the advancement of climate solutions, Backes describes how "hope is a verb with its sleeves rolled up."
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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.