The Teach Green Blog evolved out of research I was doing for a series of children’s stories I had been commissioned to develop. The premise of the series centered around five superhero animal characters who set out to make the world a better place. Aided by a cast of international children and their animal helpers, the stories promoted sustainability, altruism and eco-friendly ideals.
The more I researched the stories, the more I learned. The more I learned, the more I wanted to know. Memories of adventures from my childhood – split between urban and rural living -became fertile ground for storytelling. You see, I was raised in the city but spent weekends and summers on our family farm in rural Southwestern Pennsylvania. My own children delighted in hearing of my adventures at the farm. Why wouldn’t others? At one point, my ideas about environmental education flooded the page and I needed space to keep track of them all. It was at this point that Teach Green Blog was born.
I had found a purpose, but how could I take it beyond the printed page? The answer came when I least expected it. In 2016, I was offered a position at BAYarts, an arts education non-profit and affiliate of the Cleveland Metroparks whose tagline is Artistic by Nature. Perfect! I am now General Manger of the organization and oversee the campus I used to play on as a child.
After eight years, Teach Green Blog has gained momentum in step with eco-friendly followers from around the globe. I am honored by the support of people from over 120 countries. Thank you!
Currently, we are experiencing global challenges beyond the understanding of some of our most brilliant scientists. We are facing a silent spring of epic proportions. The silver lining? People who have had their lives sidelined by the COVID-19 virus are turning to the parks and wild spaces for solace in troubling times. With so many children home from school indefinitely, I am developing a series of lesson plans and nature activities to keep them entertained and engaged in learning about the natural world. The downloads are free and comments and photos of your adventures are most welcome!
I hope you will take this time to recharge and reconnect. I look forward to hearing from you.
“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature – the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”
- Rachel Carson, Silent Spring