Hope for a Greener America

In his inaugural address, President Obama made the environment a top priority for his second term. Many were surprised by his resolve. However I wondered…was this truly a shift in government policy, or was something else at work here?As I began to look for answers, I was pleasantly surprised to find that many eco-friendly programs … Continue reading Hope for a Greener America

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We Cannot Allow Newtown to Become Anytown

In the land of the free and the home of the brave, how can we expect to create innovative new learning environments for our students and prepare them to be meaningful contributors to the 21st century when they are locked in their schools with armed guards standing watch at the doors? How can this possibly … Continue reading We Cannot Allow Newtown to Become Anytown

A Primer for Environmental Education

Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, by Richard Louv (Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books, 2005) In researching the benefits of grade school environmental education for the new children’s entertainment series we are working on, I ran across an excellent resource entitled Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from … Continue reading A Primer for Environmental Education

Superstorm Sandy: Climate Change is No “Surprise”

Not to be ignored, Mother Nature preempted election coverage last week when Superstorm Sandy churned through the Caribbean and up the East Coast of the United States. High winds, rain and unprecedented storm surges wreaked havoc on one of the most populated areas of the country, wiping out entire communities in some places and causing … Continue reading Superstorm Sandy: Climate Change is No “Surprise”

The Power of Place and Natural Play

To this day, the smell of pine transports me back in time to a place among the top branches of a Norway spruce that stood at the edge of the park in our neighborhood. I liked to climb high above the ground and look beyond the rooftops to the natural spaces all around me. With … Continue reading The Power of Place and Natural Play

The Climate for Environmental Education in the Digital Age

The call for inclusion of environmental education into our formal curriculum requirements has gained little ground for decades. However, with the advent of the web and digital technology, the parameters of possibilities have changed and children now have the world at their fingertips and environmental education delivered through digital media has the tremendous potential to … Continue reading The Climate for Environmental Education in the Digital Age