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.

 

Human “Entitlement” Is An Ecological Threat

Posted by on Dec 12, 2019 in Conservation Issues, Engaging Nature, Environmental Education, Natures Connections | 0 comments

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 be 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 my...

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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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Educators Can Guide Our Youth To Live Nature’s Story

Posted by on Sep 14, 2019 in Conservation Issues, Ecoliteracy, Environmental Education, Natures Connections | 2 comments

Educators Can Guide Our Youth To 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 projections of bad things, created by humans, to come over the next 30 years and beyond. In addition to climate change, food...

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Humans and Nature: Three Perceptions of Reality

Posted by on Aug 28, 2019 in Environmental Education, Natures Connections, Systems Thinking | 1 comment

Humans and Nature: Three Perceptions of Reality

“People normally cut reality into compartments, and so are unable to see the interdependence of all phenomena.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh In my work as a conservation biologist, I often experience an arrogance by many adult humans as they refuse to embrace Nature as their home. These people seem to reject the idea that : “We humans need Nature, but Nature doesn’t need we humans” I often find myself searching for the root causes of this human separation from Nature that is prevalent mostly in humans over the age of 25. I have grown...

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Interbeing – No Man Is An Island

Posted by on Jul 27, 2019 in Ecoliteracy, Environmental Education, Natures Connections, Systems Thinking | 1 comment

Interbeing – No Man Is An Island

  “Not only is no man an island, but rather his “interbeing” is shared with the plants and animals he eats, the people who make his clothes and food, the people who populate his home, country and the very world he perceives, the insects that pollinate the trees that yield his fruit, shade him from the sun, and provide lumber or his house.”                                                                                                                            — Vietnamese Buddhist Monk and scholar Thich...

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A Reunion : Bringing Humans Back To Nature

Posted by on Jul 15, 2019 in Conservation Issues, Engaging Nature, Environmental Education, Natures Connections, Systems Thinking | 0 comments

A Reunion : Bringing Humans Back To Nature

  We older folks are leaving an ecological mess for our younger generations.  While thoroughly enjoying my senior years, I have experienced a profound internal struggle as I try to understand why we older folks are leaving an ecological mess for our younger generations. As a scientist and conservationist, I see this process of “Nature denial” taking place. I see the everyday activities of ordinary people impairing important ecosystems with activities as simple as dog walking in legally restricted or prohibited areas where...

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A Compassionate Consciousness

Posted by on Jun 25, 2019 in Conservation Issues, Environmental Education, Natures Connections, Systems Thinking | 0 comments

A Compassionate Consciousness

The word “consciousness” is not just a philosophical, spiritual, “hippie”, or “tree hugger” idea. Consciousness means being aware of something. “Connections”, “interconnectivity”, “interrelationships”, “links”, and interdependence are all words that describe Nature and life. The idea of everything being connected in Nature is essential because life is defined by the energy that is transported between all living creatures and transformed into useful forms...

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Climate Change Is A Moral Issue

Posted by on Jun 17, 2019 in Conservation Issues, Ecoliteracy, Environmental Education, Systems Thinking | 0 comments

Climate Change Is A Moral Issue

“Treat the Earth well. It was not given to you by your parents. It was loaned to you by your children” — North American Proverb I am privileged to be mentoring an environmental education program at a local high school. As I began preparing for another school year, five of my new students approached me and asked that I focus some of my classes on issues involving climate change. I was overwhelmed with delight by this spontaneous and unsolicited request from our youth. I regarded it as a precious responsibility that I must...

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My Video Essays

Posted by on May 22, 2019 in Engaging Nature, Environmental Education, Natures Connections, Natures Patterns, Video | 0 comments

My Video Essays

Here is a list of video essays that I have created over the years. An Antarctic Adventure.  In 2004, as part of a two-week excursion in the Southern Atlantic Ocean, we explored parts of the Antarctic Peninsula.    Of particular interest to me, was breaking through ice fields to allow another ship to pass. Also, the incredible wildlife, visits to research stations, and the awesome experience of crossing the stormy Drake Passage as we headed back to Cape Horn and the southern tip of South America. Sights and Sounds In The Southern Ocean Since...

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