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THE 7 BEST STORIES AND TRENDS OF 2015: For children, families, communities and nature, it was a very good year

In a world filled with dismal news, 2015 was a banner year for the new nature movement. Here’s a sampling of some of the inspiring trends and stories …

Trends

We need fewer exams and more wilderness in education

Instead of pumping time and money into exams, we should focus on wellbeing and encouraging children to connect with the natural world<p>Government plans to introduce national tests for seven-year-olds shows just how far our exam obsession has come. Our kids now face constant assessment as politicians …

Education

Twitter Chat on #EnviroEd "Pleasures of Introducing Immigrants to Their New Wild" 12/16/15 (with image, tweet) · EnviroEd

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Wildlife

VIRAL Article by Andrew McMartin: Playing in the Cold Cultivates Resilience!

This is a repost from a blog last year after one of our BEST days of the entire year, with a high of -20 something that day. Half the kids came, and …

Kids

Participating in #KindergartenBioBlitz By: @RangerRidley

Participating in #KindergartenBioBlitz<p>By: @RangerRidley<p>#KindergartenBioBlitz began during National Environment Week in June 2013 as a way for the …

Britannia Farm Sugar Bush

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‘Technology Is Like A Pair Of Binoculars’: Use Apps And Digital Tools To Explore Nature & Geography | Learning

Rob Ridley has six kids and works as an outdoor educator. He and his family use a variety of digital apps and games explore nature, biology and …

Unsupervised outdoor play is good for kids’ health, Canadian study says

A new Canadian study suggests there could be added health benefits for kids who play outdoors on their own or with their friends.<p>Researchers analyzed data from a survey of more than 1,000 parents of Grade 5 and 6 students at 16 public schools across Toronto.<p>Kids had to wear an activity measurement …

World's first global real-time air pollution map & app launched

<b>Just in time for the Paris climate talks, a French startup rolls out a live air pollution map, accompanied by an app that delivers localized alerts</b> …

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New children's book to 'bring back nature words'

An author is to create a new children's book aimed at reinstating 'nature words' back into children's vocabulary<p><b>Robert Macfarlane</b>, the award-winning writer, is to pen his first book for children in a bid to reinstate <b>nature words</b> back into their vocabularies.<p>Macfarlane, <b>known for his nature writing</b> …

Exploring Earth with Citizen Science - Observing Our Home Planet

Written by Rusty Low, IGES<p>Over the past few weeks, we’ve explored citizen science projects that allow volunteers to assist in analyzing data from …

Edspeaker: Rob Ridley

When asked what I do for a living I tell folks I am a father – and, as a second career, I teach outdoor and environmental education.<p>I have six …

The fragile framework

A Nature comic examines the 25-year quest for a climate treaty. Can nations unite to save Earth’s climate?<p>When the world’s nations gather in Paris …

Climate

Shell Canadian Geographic Energy Diet Challenge

Canadians produce more garbage per person than any other developed country in the world. We live in a consumer culture that places more value on what …

Mapping rewilding

Rewilding often involves removing human impediments and barriers to nature, restoring natural landscape form and function, and replacing lost …

The Curious Case of the Antidepressant, Anti-Anxiety Backyard Garden

Gardening is my Prozac. The time I dedicate to training tomato vines or hacking at berry bushes seems to help me stave off feelings of sadness or …

Activism

The science of climate change

November 23, 2015<p>Overview<p>Key Messages<p>Warming over the 20th century is indisputable and largely due to human activities.<br>• Canada’s rate of warming is …

Climate Change

Place-Based Education Turns Towns into Classrooms Work

<b>Rather than leaving students in the classroom to learn about science or history, some schools are letting kids tackle real-world issues in their</b> …

3 Reasons Why You Can’t Ignore the Power of Outdoor Learning

Outdoor learning is a powerful way to engage students in the educational experience and to foster a greater appreciation for the natural world. T. R. …

George Washington University

Part 2 More snapshots of @betaminischool #Inquiry into water systems project #bced #EnviroEd @BC_STA https://t.co/O5DleKjY4L

Envirothon: Growing Tomorrow's Green Leaders

Testing out procreate on the new iPad pro #ipadpro #procreate @FieldofMarsEEC #enviroed #nsweec #art #ipaded https://t.co/khSAxpvb7k

Risk is essential to childhood – as are scrapes, grazes, falls and panic

Children need to be exposed to risky play. For ‘helicopter parents’, this might be difficult - but kids need to learn to manage danger themselves<p>Following yesterday’s all-party parliamentary group report on a fit and healthy childhood, diligent parents everywhere are wondering how much risk they …

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