Americans today are more removed from nature than ever before. Montanans remain more connected than most, but lower-income kids still lack access to the great outdoors. While that may not be as pressing as, say, having enough to eat, time spent in nature comes with tons of its own health benefits. Just living near wild […]Read more "Go Outside (it’s good for you)"
Children are the earth’s future, and the earth is our children’s future. Of course I mean that in the trite, “we only have one planet,” way, but they will also be the people making decisions that affect our planet: the public land workers, the geologists, the hunters & anglers, the oil company executives, the bleeding […]Read more "Let Them Love It"
“But I’m never going to use this in the real world!” That sentence — echoed in classrooms across the country — has teachers everywhere rolling their eyes. Why is it such a common complaint? Why do American students fail to see the value in the education they receive? What can we, as educators, do to […]Read more "Interdisciplinary Teaching in Outdoor Education"
We learned about trees in middle school, I’m sure of it. I can see the worksheets on the desk, leaves waiting to be identified. What I don’t remember is how to identify any of those trees today. The trees that I recognize are the ones my dad taught me about, that grew in the woods […]Read more "Experiential Education: What is it, and Why bother?"
Do you work in education? Have kids who would like to get involved in outdoor education programs? Or do you just care about getting kids outside in nature? The Friends are conducting an Outdoor Education Survey! We welcome all opinions – we want to develop programs that Montana’s kids will be able to use and […]Read more "What You Can Do About Improving STEM Opportunities in Central Montana"
Mrs. McDonald and Fort Benton Elementary School were kind enough to be my guinea pigs for this whole education program deal. For Arbor Day, the Fifth Grade class came out to Coal Banks Landing to plant box elder and and cottonwood trees. But first, they learned about how our trees would positively impact the […]Read more "God Bless Teachers"
Talk about a crash course in Montana culture – as someone who wanted to experience more of the USA, I picked the perfect project to dedicate a year to. The past few weeks have been a whirlwind, driving across the hi-line and central Montana, learning from those at the very heart of rural Montanan communities: […]Read more "The Other Tree Huggers"