Beyond Ecophobia

Reclaiming the Heart in Nature Education

Author: David Sobel

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Education

Page: 45

View: 8042

Beyond Ecophobia speaks to teachers, parents, and others interested in nurturing in children the ability to understand and care for nature. This expanded version of one of Orion Magazine's most popular articles includes descriptions of developmentally appropriate environmental education activities and a list of related children's books.

Place-Based Education

Connecting Classrooms and Communities

Author: David Sobel

Publisher: Orion Society

ISBN: 9781935713050

Category: Education

Page: 147

View: 2031

"The author details and celebrates an approach to teaching that emphasizes connections among school, community, and environment". --Source : inconnue.

Children's Special Places

Exploring the Role of Forts, Dens, and Bush Houses in Middle Childhood

Author: David Sobel

Publisher: Wayne State University Press

ISBN: 9780814330265

Category: Education

Page: 170

View: 8906

From the ages of five to twelve, the middle years of childhood, young people explore their surroundings and find or construct private spaces. In these secret places, children develop and control environments of their own and enjoy freedom from the rules of the adult world. Children's Special Places enters these hidden worlds, reveals their importance to children's development and emotional health, and shows educators, parents, and other adults how they can foster a bond between young people and nature that is important to maturation.

Childhood and Nature

Design Principles for Educators

Author: David Sobel

Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers

ISBN: 157110741X

Category: Education

Page: 168

View: 7006

Presents a collection of essays combining anecdotal and theoretical insights into environmental ethics and human ecology to help foster environmentally responsible students.

Essential readings in environmental education

Author: Harold R. Hungerford,Center for Instruction, Staff Development and Evaluation

Publisher: Stipes Pub Llc

ISBN: N.A

Category: Education

Page: 443

View: 4246

Children's Participation

The Theory and Practice of Involving Young Citizens in Community Development and Environmental Care

Author: Roger A. Hart

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134172222

Category: Political Science

Page: 220

View: 6669

People's relationship to nature is the greatest issue facing the world at the turn of the millennium, and all over the world young people have shown enormous enthusiasm for environmental action. Many countries are radically reassessing both the role of citizens in managing their environment and the rights and responsibilities of children to be involved in shaping their own and their communities' futures. This book, by one of the world's leading authorities on environmental education, is written in the conviction that children can play a valuable and lasting role in sustainable development, if their participation is taken seriously and planned with thought for their developing capabilities and unique strengths. Through direct participation, children can develop a genuine appreciation of democracy and a sense of their own competence and responsibility. The planning, design, monitoring and management of the physical environment is an ideal domain for their participation, in part because their commitment to it is so strong. The book is for planners, educationalists and environmentalists, introducing the theory and the practice of children's participation, and its importance for developing democracy and sustainable communities. It emphasises genuine participation, where children are themselves involved in defining problems and acting as reflective, critical participants in issues affecting their communities. The 'environment' is interpreted broadly to include, for example, the planning of housing areas and the management of playgrounds. Detailed case studies are provided from urban and rural, poor and middle class communities from both the North and South. For teachers, group facilitators and community leaders, it presents organising principles, successful models, practical techniques and resources for involving young people in environmental projects.

The Geography of Childhood

Why Children Need Wild Places

Author: Gary Paul Nabhan,Stephen Trimble

Publisher: Beacon Press

ISBN: 9780807085257

Category: Nature

Page: 184

View: 5178

What may happen now that so many more children are denied exposure to wilderness than at any other time in human history?

The Failure of Environmental Education (And How We Can Fix It)

Author: Charles Saylan,Daniel T. Blumstein

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520265386

Category: Education

Page: 241

View: 9811

“The hope for the future depends on teaching current and future students the analytical and critical thinking skills for dealing with the most critical problems. My own hope is for this book to be read by everyone, even those outside the field of environmental education. Read this book, read it again, share it widely, and do something - anything - to help our needy and wounded planet."-Marc Bekoff, author of The Animal Manifesto: Six Reasons For Expanding Our Compassion Footprint "Saylan and Blumstein provide a compelling vision of what can be, and what should be, if we have the courage to open our eyes and the boldness to act.”-Peter Saundry, Ph.D., Executive Director of the National Council for Science and the Environment “A clarion call to incorporate environmental education in all grades K-12, across all academic disciplines, in order to produce future generations of environmental stewards."-Mark Gold, President, Heal The Bay "We need a sea change in the educational system. After all, if we can teach schoolchildren that vandalism is wrong, why can we not teach them that environmental destruction is wrong? This book is a haunting call to action. A beautifully written manifesto that gets it right."-Ron Swaisgood, Director of Applied Animal Ecology, Institute for Conservation Research, San Diego Zoo Global “The greatest threat to the future of all species on the planet is the huge gap between what is understood about global climate change by the scientific community and what is known about climate change by the people who need to know -- the public. The sound prescriptions in this book need to be read now. We are running out of time.”-Dr. James Hansen, world-renowned climatologist and author of Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth About the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity “Environmental education is a disaster and educating the public on environmental issues is the greatest challenge facing humanity today. This book will help us understand why we are headed toward the collapse of civilization, and more important, how to fix it. Packed with sound science, useful information, and brilliant ideas, it is a book we must read, and give, to our local school boards and principals nationwide. Our children will thank us."-Paul R. Ehrlich, author of The Population Bomb and Humanity on a Tightrope

Teaching the Trees: Lessons from the Forest

Author: Joan Maloof

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 0820335983

Category: Nature

Page: 176

View: 3581

In this collection of natural-history essays, biologist Joan Maloof embarks on a series of lively, fact-filled expeditions into forests of the eastern United States. Through Maloof’s engaging, conversational style, each essay offers a lesson in stewardship as it explores the interwoven connections between a tree species and the animals and insects whose lives depend on it--and who, in turn, work to ensure the tree’s survival. Never really at home in a laboratory, Maloof took to the woods early in her career. Her enthusiasm for firsthand observation in the wild spills over into her writing, whether the subject is the composition of forest air, the eagle’s preference for nesting in loblolly pines, the growth rings of the bald cypress, or the gray squirrel’s fondness for weevil-infested acorns. With a storyteller’s instinct for intriguing particulars, Maloof expands our notions about what a tree “is” through her many asides--about the six species of leafhoppers who eat only sycamore leaves or the midges who live inside holly berries and somehow prevent them from turning red. As a scientist, Maloof accepts that trees have a spiritual dimension that cannot be quantified. As an unrepentant tree hugger, she finds support in the scientific case for biodiversity. As an activist, she can’t help but wonder how much time is left for our forests.

Early Childhood Activities for a Greener Earth

Author: Patty Born Selly

Publisher: Redleaf Press

ISBN: 1605542032

Category: Education

Page: 272

View: 6299

More than 100 classroom activities to help children learn about and care for the earth Educate young children about the environment through experience and play. These activities encourage children to develop a sense of wonder, curiosity, and joy for nature. Each chapter focuses on a common and important environmental topic—from waste reduction and recycling to air quality, weather and climate change, and energy reduction—and provides information to help you present these topics to children in developmentally appropriate ways. Early Childhood Activities for a Greener Earth will help you excite children, engage families, and encourage your community to be green. Early Childhood Activities for a Greener Earth is a 2014 Teachers’ Choice Award for the Classroom winner!

Young Children and the Environment

Author: Julie Davis

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107636345

Category: Education

Page: 336

View: 1732

This is an essential text for students, teachers and practitioners in a range of early childhood education and care settings.

Communicating Nature

How We Create and Understand Environmental Messages

Author: Julia B. Corbett

Publisher: Island Press

ISBN: 1597267481

Category: Nature

Page: 368

View: 6313

A broader and more comprehensive understanding of how we communicate with each other about the natural world and our relationship to it is essential to solving environmental problems. How do individuals develop beliefs and ideologies about the environment? How do we express those beliefs through communication? How are we influenced by the messages of pop culture and social institutions? And how does all this communication become part of the larger social fabric of what we know as "the environment"? Communicating Nature explores and explains the multiple levels of everyday communication that come together to form our perceptions of the natural world. Author Julia Corbett considers all levels of communication, from communication at the individual level, to environmental messages transmitted by popular culture, to communication generated by social institutions including political and regulatory agencies, business and corporations, media outlets, and educational organizations. The book offers a fresh and engaging introductory look at a topic of broad interest, and is an important work for students of the environment, activists and environmental professionals interested in understanding the cultural context of human-nature interactions.

Nature Preschools and Forest Kindergartens

The Handbook for Outdoor Learning

Author: David Sobel

Publisher: Redleaf Press

ISBN: 1605544299

Category: Education

Page: 280

View: 9681

Everything you need to get started and succeed in a nature preschool or forest kindergarten.

A Pedagogy of Place

Outdoor Education for a Changing World

Author: Brian Wattchow,Mike Brown

Publisher: Monash University Publishing

ISBN: 0980651247

Category: Education

Page: 244

View: 2863

A Pedagogy of Place offers an alternative vision for outdoor education practice. This timely book calls into question some of the underlying assumptions and ‘truths’ about outdoor education, putting forward alternatives to current practice that are responsive to local conditions and cultural traditions. In this renewal of outdoor education philosophy and practice, the emphasis is upon responding to, and empathising with, the outdoors as particular places, rich in local meaning and significance. Current outdoor education theory and practice is influenced by cultural ideas about risk and adventure, and by psychological theories of personal and social development. However, in recent decades the professional discourse of outdoor education has made a noticeable shift to include education for the ‘environment’ and ‘nature’. This has resulted in a mismatch between theory and practice: traditional notions of proving oneself ‘against’ the challenges of the outdoors are antithetical to the development of an empathetic relationship with outdoor places, which growing concern with today’s environment demands. This book is the first of its kind to articulate a renewal of philosophy and practice for outdoor education that is in keeping with the educational needs of today’s young people as they grapple with considerable social and ecological changes in a rapidly changing world. The authors draw extensively on international, national and local literature and provide compelling case studies drawn from the Australian and New Zealand contexts.

Mountains and Plains

The Ecology of Wyoming Landscapes

Author: Dennis H. Knight,George P. Jones,William A. Reiners,William H. Romme

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300185928

Category: Nature

Page: 404

View: 6828

Many changessome discouraging, others hopefulhave occurred in the Rocky Mountain region since the first edition of this widely acclaimed book was published. Wildlife habitat has become more fragmented, once-abundant sage grouse are now scarce, and forest fires occur more frequently. At the same time, wolves have been successfully reintroduced, and new approaches to conservation have been adopted. For this updated and expanded Second Edition, the authors provide a highly readable synthesis of research undertaken in the past two decades and address two important questions: How can ecosystems be used so that future generations benefit from them as we have? How can we anticipate and adapt to climate changes while conserving biological diversity?

Last Child in the Woods

Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder

Author: Richard Louv

Publisher: Algonquin Books

ISBN: 9781565125865

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 416

View: 1283

“The children and nature movement is fueled by this fundamental idea: the child in nature is an endangered species, and the health of children and the health of the Earth are inseparable.” —Richard Louv, from the new edition In his landmark work Last Child in the Woods, Richard Louv brought together cutting-edge studies that pointed to direct exposure to nature as essential for a child’s healthy physical and emotional development. Now this new edition updates the growing body of evidence linking the lack of nature in children’s lives and the rise in obesity, attention disorders, and depression. Louv’s message has galvanized an international back-to-nature campaign to “Leave No Child Inside.” His book will change the way you think about our future and the future of our children. “[The] national movement to ‘leave no child inside’ . . . has been the focus of Capitol Hill hearings, state legislative action, grass-roots projects, a U.S. Forest Service initiative to get more children into the woods and a national effort to promote a ‘green hour’ in each day. . . . The increased activism has been partly inspired by a best-selling book, Last Child in the Woods, and its author, Richard Louv.” —The Washington Post “Last Child in the Woods, which describes a generation so plugged into electronic diversions that it has lost its connection to the natural world, is helping drive a movement quickly flourishing across the nation.” —The Nation’s Health “This book is an absolute must-read for parents.” —The Boston Globe Now includes A Field Guide with 100 Practical Actions We Can Take Discussion Points for Book Groups, Classrooms, and Communities Additional Notes by the Author New and Updated Research from the U.S. and Abroad

The Failure of Environmental Education (And How We Can Fix It)

Author: Charles Saylan,Daniel T. Blumstein

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520265386

Category: Education

Page: 241

View: 9161

“The hope for the future depends on teaching current and future students the analytical and critical thinking skills for dealing with the most critical problems. My own hope is for this book to be read by everyone, even those outside the field of environmental education. Read this book, read it again, share it widely, and do something - anything - to help our needy and wounded planet."-Marc Bekoff, author of The Animal Manifesto: Six Reasons For Expanding Our Compassion Footprint "Saylan and Blumstein provide a compelling vision of what can be, and what should be, if we have the courage to open our eyes and the boldness to act.”-Peter Saundry, Ph.D., Executive Director of the National Council for Science and the Environment “A clarion call to incorporate environmental education in all grades K-12, across all academic disciplines, in order to produce future generations of environmental stewards."-Mark Gold, President, Heal The Bay "We need a sea change in the educational system. After all, if we can teach schoolchildren that vandalism is wrong, why can we not teach them that environmental destruction is wrong? This book is a haunting call to action. A beautifully written manifesto that gets it right."-Ron Swaisgood, Director of Applied Animal Ecology, Institute for Conservation Research, San Diego Zoo Global “The greatest threat to the future of all species on the planet is the huge gap between what is understood about global climate change by the scientific community and what is known about climate change by the people who need to know -- the public. The sound prescriptions in this book need to be read now. We are running out of time.”-Dr. James Hansen, world-renowned climatologist and author of Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth About the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity “Environmental education is a disaster and educating the public on environmental issues is the greatest challenge facing humanity today. This book will help us understand why we are headed toward the collapse of civilization, and more important, how to fix it. Packed with sound science, useful information, and brilliant ideas, it is a book we must read, and give, to our local school boards and principals nationwide. Our children will thank us."-Paul R. Ehrlich, author of The Population Bomb and Humanity on a Tightrope

Smart by Nature

Schooling for Sustainability

Author: Michael K. Stone,Center for Ecoliteracy

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780970950048

Category: Education

Page: 214

View: 8413

An inspirational and practical exploration of bringing "eco consciousness" to K-12 education. Smart by Nature shows how schools and districts across the country are orienting their activities around environmental responsibility and wisdom: in gardens and cafeterias, on campuses, with nature-based curriculums, and in the communities that surround their schools.

The Green Hour

A Daily Dose of Nature for Happier, Healthier, Smarter Kids

Author: Todd Christopher

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 1590307569

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 225

View: 6306

The National Wildlife Federation's GreenHour.org provides an activity-packed book for parents that will help them explore with their children the wonders of nature through science and play. Original.

Wild Play

Parenting Adventures in the Great Outdoors

Author: David Sobel

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780996267694

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 256

View: 9694

A trailblazing environmental educator raised his children in the heart of nature. His story shows other parents how they can counter today's pervasive "nature deficit." Updated wtih new essays. When David Sobel's children,Tara and Eli, were toddlers, he set out to integrate a wide range of nature experiences into their family life, play, and story telling. Blending his passion as a parent with his professional expertise, he created adventures tailored to their developmental stages: cultivating empathy with animals in early childhood, exploring the woods in middle childhood, and devising rites of passage in adolescence. Wild Play is Sobel's vivid and moving memoir of their journey and an in spiring guide for all parents who seek to help their children bond with the natural world. Through this family's experiences, we observe how free play in nature hones a sense of wonder, provides healthy challenges, and nurtures earth stewardship. "Parents need to support kids' access to independent outdoor play," says Sobel. "Of course they should use judgment, but the benefits outweigh the risks." Richard Louv's Last Child in the Woods identified the urgent problem of "nature deficit" in today's children, sounding the alarm for parents, educators, and policy-makers. Wild Play is a hopeful response, offering families myriad ways to blaze their own trails.