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.

 

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 | 0 comments

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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A Systems Thinking Reference List

Posted by on May 8, 2019 in Ecoliteracy, Environmental Education, Natures Connections, Systems Thinking | 0 comments

A Systems Thinking Reference List

The Systems View of Life Is A Unifying Vision Author Jeremy Lent suggests that we must understand Nature as a networked system:    “The systems perspective offers important insights into the nature of reality that upend many assumptions forming the basis of the predominant worldview. It tells us that the relationship between things is frequently more important than the things themselves. It emphasizes that everything in the natural world is dynamic rather than static, and that biological phenomena can’t be predicted with precision: instead of...

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An Educator’s Wish List In A Changing World

Posted by on May 1, 2019 in Ecoliteracy, Engaging Nature, Environmental Education | 0 comments

An Educator’s Wish List In A Changing World

Preparing Our Youth For  A Changing World Many things in our world will be changing soon. Our world will become an uncertain and very different place for all life on Earth including our young people, their children, and their grandchildren. Here are four examples of what is predicted by many scientists and sociologists : By the year 2050, the effects of climate change will start redefining how we live. Locally, climate change will cause rising sea levels that will flood many coastal regions worldwide. We humans are over-consuming the...

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Rachel Carson and Climate Change

Posted by on Apr 25, 2019 in Conservation Issues, Environmental Education | 5 comments

Rachel Carson and Climate Change

  Rachel Carson’s Legacy Applies To Climate Change Issues Earth Day 2019 has just passed by as I write this essay. I came across a fine Earth Day essay on Rachel Carson at one of my favorite blog sites called “BrainPickings” . In writing about Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” on Earth Day, blogmaster Maria Popova stated: “Carson’s aim with Silent Spring was threefold — to transmute hard facts into literature that stands the test of time, to awaken a public hypnotized into docility to the perils of...

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