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.

 

Nature’s Relationships : Predator and Prey

Posted by on Aug 5, 2020 in Conservation Issues, Ecoliteracy, Environmental Education, Natures Connections, Systems Thinking | 0 comments

Nature’s Relationships : Predator and Prey

Our great predators, the wolf, the cougar, the bear, and others teach us about the vital importance of interdependence in Nature. They are top predators because the power of their connecting presence is an evolutionary driver of the diversity of life. Chains of life flourish with the force of predation. The killing of predators by mankind results in broken energy connections that make a big difference in how Nature operates. The conservationist’s toolkit must contain the ability to identify and preserve vital energy connections in...

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What does climate change, the COVID-19 epidemic, and the stewardship of Nature have in common??

Posted by on Jul 13, 2020 in Conservation Issues, Ecoliteracy, Environmental Education, Natures Connections, Systems Thinking | 0 comments

What does climate change, the COVID-19 epidemic, and the stewardship of Nature have in common??

What does climate change, the COVID-19 epidemic, and the stewardship of Nature have in common?? How arethese three phrases, and the ideas that they represent, related? As a scientist who regularly explores how Nature operates within a world  where human activity is a dominant influence, I witness both productive and destructive activities by humans. To explore these activities, one must first define the three phenomena that are listed in the title of his essay. Encyclopedia Britannica defines “climate change” as a: “Periodic...

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Empowering Stewards of Nature — Lessons From The Web Of Life

Posted by on Jun 1, 2020 in Conservation Issues, Ecoliteracy, Environmental Education, Natures Connections, Systems Thinking | 0 comments

Empowering Stewards of Nature — Lessons From The Web Of Life

Empowering Stewards of Nature  Lessons From the Web of Life (Free PDF Study Guides) This book advocates a human worldview that includes a deep consciousness for an interdependent and connected Nature. With this worldview, we are empowering humans to partner with Nature rather than unsuccessfully trying to manipulate and control Nature. Without interdependence and connectivity in Nature, all life on Earth, including we humans, would cease to exist because the energy necessary to sustain life could not flow Everything must be connected....

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Carl Sagan Discusses Man’s Arrogance About Nature

Posted by on Feb 13, 2020 in Conservation Issues, Engaging Nature, Environmental Education, Natures Connections, Natures Patterns | 0 comments

Carl Sagan Discusses Man’s Arrogance About Nature

Mankind cannot live without Nature but Nature can live without mankind. Mankind has compelled his nature upon Nature. Charles Darwin has famously said that “Man in his arrogance thinks himself a great work, worthy of the interposition of a deity. More humble, and I believe truer, to consider him created from animals.” A quote  from Gozilla that holds a lot of truth is “The arrogance of man is in thinking that Nature is in our control and not the other way around.” Joanna Macy defines the “Great Turning” as “a...

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We Humans Must Include Nature In Our Sense of Self

Posted by on Feb 10, 2020 in Conservation Issues, Engaging Nature, Environmental Education, Natures Connections | 0 comments

We Humans Must Include Nature In Our Sense of Self

Those of you who are regular readers of my essays might have sensed a series of themes that regularly underlie my writing:   Everything in Nature is interconnected and interdependent. Nature is our home. We humans need Nature to live, but Nature does not need we humans. Humans are consuming Nature’s resources and polluting the atmosphere at unsustainable rates that might result in  the end of the human race by 2100. We senior adults are leaving an ecological mess for our youth. The environmental education of our youth is an...

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Two Famous Sages Speak About Interdependence In Nature

Posted by on Dec 26, 2019 in Conservation Issues, Engaging Nature, Environmental Education, Musings, Natures Connections | 0 comments

Two Famous Sages Speak About Interdependence In Nature

  Interdependence is a defining feature of all life on our Earth.   I have written about the vital importance of interdependence to all living things on our planet. But, long before I wrote about interdependence, the subject was discussed in the essays of two famous people — Charles Darwin and the Buddhist  sage Thich Nhat Hanh. The purpose of this essay is to offer the writings of these two sages about the interdependence of all things in Nature.   Thich Nhat Hanh offers the following in his book “The Heart of...

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Human “Entitlement” Is An Ecological Threat

Posted by on Dec 12, 2019 in Conservation Issues, Engaging Nature, Environmental Education, Natures Connections | 1 comment

Human “Entitlement” Is An Ecological Threat

For the last 35 years, I have lived the life of a college professor and high school teacher in the beautiful city of Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico located some 250 miles due south of Tucson, Arizona along the eastern shore of the Sea of Cortez. One of my greatest pleasures and privileges is being an environmental educator working with students who are in their last year of high school as they get ready for new life adventures as university students in Mexico or in the USA.   One of my projects is to oversee the “Green Team” where...

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Gratitude Is A Powerful Conservation Strategy

Posted by on Dec 7, 2019 in Conservation Issues, Engaging Nature, Environmental Education, Natures Connections | 2 comments

Gratitude Is A Powerful Conservation Strategy

As an environmental educator, I feel deeply privileged to be participating in the lives of my students. My passion is strong. I tend to be like a protective parent with my young people as I experience anger over those who continue to damage our Earth’s environment and the future of my “kids”. Many of my students do not understand my anger simply because they have not experienced the negative impact of those who are causing environmental damage. Rather than explain my feelings, I choose to portray gratitude for how Nature is...

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Political Will And Environmental Thinking

Posted by on Oct 28, 2019 in Conservation Issues, Ecoliteracy, Environmental Education, Systems Thinking | 0 comments

Political Will And Environmental Thinking

As a working conservation biologist and an environmental educator, I have gained enough experience to be passionately euphoric as my young students acquire a genuine consciousness for interdependence in Nature. I have also experienced the stubborn ignorance of some adult humans as they exercise their belief that they are somehow entitled to special privileges that are destructive to Nature. Usually, this group of maligning adults attempt to exercise their destructive beliefs through political will where they seek to enhance their perceived...

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Our Youth Must Live Nature’s Story

Posted by on Sep 14, 2019 in Conservation Issues, Ecoliteracy, Engaging Nature, Environmental Education, Natures Connections, Systems Thinking | 4 comments

Our Youth Must Live Nature’s Story

“When our central organizing priority becomes the well-being of all life, then what happens through us is the recovery of our world.” -Joanna Macy – Active Hope I fear for the future of my class of high school students who are finishing their final year before going to college. We adults are leaving these fine young people a real ecological mess. Many of you who are reading this essay know the grim reality, created by humans, that will come over the next 30 years and beyond. In addition to climate change, food shortages are...

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