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.

 

Why Do I Write These Essays?

Posted by on Oct 13, 2018 in Conservation Issues, Engaging Nature, Environmental Education, Natures Connections, Natures Patterns | 0 comments

Why Do I Write These Essays?

Nothing in Nature exists in isolation. The movement of life’s energy, which originates in the sun, takes place because everything is interconnected and interdependent. Your consciousness of interdependence in Nature means that, every time you engage Nature, you ask yourself how a creature, a plant, yourself,  or a natural object is connected to another and to Nature’s greater scheme of things. With this awareness you are prepared to protect Nature’s environment that sustains you. And, you create your legacy by encouraging...

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We Humans Throw Away 40% Of Our Food

Posted by on Sep 27, 2018 in Conservation Issues, Environmental Education | 1 comment

We Humans Throw Away 40% Of Our Food

Barry Commoner, in one of his four laws of ecology,states:   “Everything Must Go Somewhere.  There is no “waste” in nature, and there is no “away” to which things can be thrown.  Everything, such as wood smoke, nuclear waste, carbon emissions, etc., must go somewhere.”   One of the key characteristics of all creatures in Nature is that they never produce any waste that is not used by someone else in the food chain. Everything is recycled. That is, every creature except mankind.   In this short essay, I am going to let a great...

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Nature’s Relationships : Fire Is A Connecting Force

Posted by on Sep 21, 2018 in Conservation Issues, Environmental Education, Natures Connections | 0 comments

Nature’s Relationships : Fire Is A Connecting Force

  Fire, to we humans, is a paradox. It is both friend and foe. We need it, yet it can destroy us. In Nature, fire is a positive force. Fire is an important part of forest and grassland ecology. It is a force in Nature that provides new and restored connections. Paradoxically, the destructive nature of fire is its great strength. Fire is a transformational force that Nature requires in order to bring health to ecosystems. This lesson was learned by humans only in recent times. Forest fires have the following benefits: Clear out dead branches...

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Nature’s Relationships : What Is Life ?

Posted by on Sep 14, 2018 in Conservation Issues, Engaging Nature, Environmental Education, Natures Connections, Natures Patterns | 1 comment

Nature’s Relationships : What Is Life ?

If we could surrender to Earth’s intelligence, we would rise up rooted—like trees.” ~ Rainier Maria Rilke   What Is Life ? This is a question with many answers. A dictionary might tell us that life is a distinctive characteristic of a living organism that has he capacity to grow, metabolize, respond to stimuli, adapt, and reproduce. But, defining life requires a greater depth if we are to understand how Nature operates.   We can define living things by their structure: Living Things are Composed of Cells Living Things Have Different...

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Great Conservation Stories

Posted by on Sep 7, 2018 in Conservation Issues, Environmental Education, Natures Connections | 0 comments

Great Conservation Stories

  In between the government endorsed wolf killings and the negative environmental impact of off-road ATVs, there are many silent conservation heroes who are making a difference and setting examples for the rest of us.   As I do research for my blog posts, it is becoming increasingly clear to me that all is not gloom and doom in the world of conservation. Despite the wolf killings and the ATVs, there are many silent heroes who are making a difference and setting examples for the rest of us. I’ve already noted examples of positive...

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Nature’s Relationships : Fractals and Forests

Posted by on Aug 27, 2018 in Environmental Education, Natures Connections | 0 comments

Nature’s Relationships : Fractals and Forests

“Great fleas have little fleas upon their backs to bite ‘em, And little fleas have lesser fleas, and so ad infinitum. And the great fleas themselves, in turn, have greater fleas to go on; While these again have greater still, and greater still, and so on.”                                                                 — Jonathan Swift:  1733 David George Haskell, in his book entitled “The Songs of Trees: Stories from Nature’s Great Connectors ” says: “Virginia Woolf wrote that ‘real life’ was the...

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The Power of Legacy

Posted by on Aug 10, 2018 in Environmental Education | 0 comments

The Power of Legacy

During a recent summer camping trip, my partner and I visited Rocky Mountain National Park. The visit was a particularly emotional experience for me because, about 70 years ago at the age of 10, my parents took me to the Rocky Mountain National Park Moraine Museum (now called the Moraine Park Discovery Center). At the Moraine Museum, I learned my geology from a ranger whose name was Beverly. I have never forgotten Beverly or the experience because Ranger Beverly put me on a lifelong track of pursuing a scientific career. I became her legacy....

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Stewart Udall’s vision of building a legacy of environmental consciousness.

Posted by on Jul 20, 2018 in Blog Post, Conservation Issues, Environmental Education | 0 comments

Stewart Udall’s vision of building a legacy of environmental consciousness.

Recently, I spent some time visiting Canyonlands National Park in Utah.  I was particularly moved by the magnificent vista that surrounded and included the convergence of the Colorado River and the Green River. “Awesome” is an understatement. Later, I was deeply inspired by the story on a plaque that described the vision of the newly appointed Secretary of the Interior,  Stewart Udall’s vision for this new park.  On a flight over this area in the early 1960s, then Bureau of Reclamation Chief Floyd Dominy showed Udall where...

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Legacy Building Is A Powerful Conservation Strategy

Posted by on Mar 9, 2018 in Environmental Education | 0 comments

Legacy Building Is A Powerful Conservation Strategy

In the context of our current ecological crisis, legacy building is the act of establishing and evangelizing a sustainable worldview that can be passed on to future generations.  Recently I gave a talk to a group of 40 senior citizens about mankind’s negative impact on Nature and the grim prospects of mankind in the near future. I proposed that, to survive as a race, we humans need to change our worldview from an apathy toward Nature to one of harmony with Nature. I noted that the age of about half of the human population is 25 years...

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Environmental Educators Have The Power To Change Humanity’s Inaccurate Worldview About Nature

Posted by on Feb 10, 2018 in Environmental Education | 2 comments

Environmental Educators Have The Power To Change Humanity’s Inaccurate Worldview About Nature

Recently, I was invited to speak at a community event on whatever topic that suited my fancy.  I chose the topic “The Fantasy Of Infinite Growth On A Finite Planet” because I have been deeply concerned about an unsustainable and rapidly growing human population that is consuming the limited supply of Nature’s resources. Current estimates by various scholars suggest that humanity will be in deep trouble sometime between 2050 and 2100. The result will be wars over land use and the destruction of an ethic that could hold...

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