Books About Living More Closely to Nature

Lowell School’s science teacher and outdoor educator, Lucas Kelly, has spent a lifetime exploring the out-of-doors and delving into what it means to live more closely to nature. He has compiled this list of books that will deepen...

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6 Journaling Ideas to Spark Your Child’s Interest in Nature

Experiencing nature is deeply rooted to touching, smelling, seeing, hearing and tasting. We may not be able to see the bird in the tree, but we know it is there because we can hear its call. There is no better taste than wild...

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In Nature with Children: 10 Ways to Encourage a Sense of Adventure

In Gary Nabhan and Stephen Trimble’s, The Geography of Childhood: Why Children Need Wild Places, two influential outdoor education advocates write about the deep connection that children forge with the environment, natural and...

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Earth Day Challenge

Like all other holidays, Earth Day comes and goes. We all get a few emails about buying sustainable clothing and earth-friendly cleaning products or joining a march or parade for the planet. The depictions of people living fully...

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Benefits of Outdoor Education in the Digital Age

I recently saw an internet meme that said, “...if you ever want to know what a teacher’s mind feels like, imagine a web browser with 2,879 tabs open. All. The. Time.” Though I couldn’t agree more, I don’t feel like this is unique...

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Outdoor Activities for All Types of Weather

When having dinner with a few friends who had just moved to the DC area from California, I asked them how they were acclimating to their new home. “The weather has taken some getting used to,” one friend admitted. The table...

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Exploring Nature's Micro-World with Kids

When many people think of nature, they think of the big things—birds of prey, big predators, soaring mountains, vast deserts, and deep oceans. But, here, I want to talk about appreciating the things that are much closer to us,...

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Safety Tips for Outdoor Adventures with Kids

Ecophobia, or the fear or nature, is a real concern as a generation of young people grow up more and more disconnected from the natural world. Let’s face it—nature can be a scary place: ticks, poison ivy, polluted waters, wild...

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Urban Farming for DC Families

Urban farms are on the rise, and it makes good sense. As our cities expand and become more populated, it becomes ever more important for us to learn new ways to grow and distribute food.

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The Urban Naturalist: Finding Wilderness In DC’s Urban Landscape

Living in the greater urban landscape of Washington, DC, gives us so many options for weekend activities and so many organizations and people to connect with. Monuments, world-class museums, historic sites, restaurants, clubs, and...

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