This page contains an ever expanding list of blog posts, ordered by publication dates, that might be of particular interest to environmental educators who are developing teaching material. The material might be particularly useful for:

  • Developing your own instruction material.
  • Assigning one blog to a student or a team where more Internet research is done by the team and a presentation is made to the class. 
  • Use a blog to do a debate about a specific environmental or conservation  issue noted in a blog.

You might also be interested in checking out a broader series of blogs on various subjects that relate to Nature. You can find this set of well over 100 blogs in the “Blog Posts” menu item in the header of this page.

You are welcome to use any of this material without restriction as long as it is used for environmental education. Your feedback about how you are using any of this material would be greatly appreciated by sending me a message using the email form in the “About Me” section of this blog site.

In addition to the use of my blogs for your work, I offer specific lesson sets on connections in Nature using Socratic seminar styles in the classroom and hands-on, in-place field work in Nature. Please click this link to view information about downloading the lesson sets without cost.

 

For Environmental Educators — Your life depends upon Nature’s energy flow

Posted by on Apr 28, 2017 in Environmental Education | 0 comments

For Environmental Educators — Your life depends upon Nature’s energy flow

  “If we surrendered to earth’s intelligence we could rise up rooted, like trees.”                                 — Rainer Maria Rilke : Love Poems To God   Human life, and all other life, is totally dependent upon Nature. Our arrogant modern humanity is unable to accept this dependency. However, it is a fact that Nature captures, contains, and operates the processes that provide you with the energy that you need to live.   Energy Is Essential To All Life On Earth   Nothing in our Universe happens without the...

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For Environmental Educators — Our Relationship With Nature

Posted by on Mar 11, 2017 in Environmental Education | 4 comments

For Environmental Educators — Our Relationship With Nature

“All ethics so far evolved rest upon a single premise: that the individual is a member of a community of interdependent parts. His instincts prompt him to compete for his place in the community but his ethics prompt him to co-operate (perhaps in order that there may be a place to compete for).” –– from Aldo Leopold “A Sand County Almanac” 1949   We commonly think of the word “relationship” to describe a  personal, romantic, or passionate attachment of some kind. One might say: “I have a great...

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A Letter To My Students

Posted by on Oct 23, 2016 in Environmental Education | 2 comments

A Letter To My Students

What you are about to read is a personal letter that I have sent to each of my 20 students who are attending their final year of high school  at Bachillerato Anáhuac  in Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico. These young people are incredibly bright and focused. My passion is to spend this year instilling a deep consciousness for Nature that will help them survive what they will be facing in their future. Here is what I wrote to them:   “To My Dear Students: In 2050, you will be about 50 years old. Your children will be 25 or 30 years old....

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Humans In Nature – There Are Rays of Hope

Posted by on Sep 23, 2016 in Conservation Issues, Environmental Education | 2 comments

Humans In Nature – There Are Rays of Hope

Some ten summers of camping in the forests, mountains, and meadows of the Western United States have given me an opportunity to observe some of the broken links in  Nature’s web of life that have been caused by humans in Nature. Some of my observations have been presented in previous blogs. I expressed deep disappointment in events that ranged from government sanctioned killing (they call it “harvesting”) of important top predators all the way down to families tearing through an ecosystem with their ATVs. It seemed like...

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In Praise Of Prairies

Posted by on Apr 18, 2016 in Blog Post, Environmental Education, Natures Connections | 7 comments

In Praise Of Prairies

Each summer, I take a break from a structured life and roam in Nature throughout the United States. I have a special fondness for visiting tall-grass prairies where vast expanses of grasslands speak to me in the soft voice of moving grasses, gentle winds, and the sounds of birds. It is here that I experience a profound solitude and a deep connection with Nature. The prairie is also where I experience what has been lost and what is being lost. This blog is a meditation on what tall-grass prairies once were. It is also a lament on what prairies...

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Free Study Guides For Environmental Educators

Posted by on Nov 24, 2015 in Blog Post, Environmental Education | 1 comment

Free Study Guides For Environmental Educators

One of the most important conservation strategies available to us is the creation of a deep consciousness of Nature in the minds and hearts of the world’s population – especially our  youth. In doing so, we environmental educators can leave a legacy for future generations that will serve to guide young people along a pathway of preserving and sustaining Nature for the benefit of all life on Earth.  I would like to share some of my experience and resources as an environmental educator. I have compiled my learning guides into a PDF...

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Lessons From The Hoh Rain Forest

Posted by on Sep 3, 2015 in Blog Post, Environmental Education, Natures Connections | 1 comment

Lessons From The Hoh Rain Forest

“The human spirit needs places where Nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man”  — Author unknown For the last ten summers, I have escaped the brutal heat in my home territory of Sonora, Mexico and headed north. During these two or three month forays, I lived in my small camper in the forests and meadows of the Pacific Northwestern United States and Alaska. I traveled slowly, did a lot of photography, and camped in public lands away from humanity. In this way, I could engage Nature without interference. It has been a...

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Seeking Nature’s Advice

Posted by on Jun 1, 2015 in Blog Post, Environmental Education, Natures Connections | 3 comments

Seeking Nature’s Advice

Like many of you who are passionate about Nature, I have a few very special places where, in solitude, I engage Nature while carefully listening to Her  spiritual voice, her aesthetic voice, and her physical voice. My favorite place is a remote area within the Ironwood Forest National Monument west of Tucson, Arizona. This 129,000 acre spread is home to many Ironwood (“Palo Fierro” in Spanish) trees and Saguaro cactus. My special spot, which is rarely visited by mankind, is home to a large Saguaro cactus embraced by an Ironwood...

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Bird flocks and forests teach us about connections in Nature

Posted by on Apr 16, 2015 in Blog Post, Environmental Education, Natures Connections | 5 comments

Bird flocks and forests teach us about connections in Nature

In the spirit of Aldo Leopold’s “Land Ethic”, Janine Benyus, author of A Biomimicry Primer, admonishes us to “consult life’s genius” by letting Nature be our teacher. Perhaps the most powerful way that Nature teaches us about her interconnected self is through groups. Species are composed of populations of individuals. These individuals are players that establish connections and interactions with each other in Nature to form groups. These groups, which include  bird flocks, animal herds, human crowds, and forests are not...

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Nothing In Nature Exists In Isolation

Posted by on Apr 4, 2015 in Blog Post, Environmental Education, Natures Connections | 4 comments

Nothing In Nature Exists In Isolation

Nothing exists solely on its own. From the most minuscule atomic particle to the grandest galaxies, the past, the present, and the future of every animate and inanimate being in our universe, including human beings, is defined by its interconnection to everything else. If any of these links are broken, Nature at any scale will change or simply not operate.     We human beings are interdependent organisms with a legacy that is represented in both living organisms and non-living natural objects.  Like the rocks, mountains, lions, and...

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