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.
“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...read more
“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...read more
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....read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
“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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more