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.

 

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

Peter Senge: “Systems Thinking for a Better World” – Aalto Systems Forum 2014 Systems Thinking with Dr David Orr, Oberlin College David Orr – 2011 Systems Symposium David Orr – Seminar at Schumaker College David Orr – Ecoliteracy and Ecological Education Creating An Interdependence Map Systems Thinking in Biology Education How To Practice Systems Thinking In The Classroom Linda Booth Sweeney —  Learning to Connect the Dots: Developing Children’s Systems Literacy Linda Booth Sweeney’s systems resource...

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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 | 4 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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The Architecture of Biodiversity

Posted by on Mar 31, 2019 in Ecoliteracy, Environmental Education, Natures Connections, Systems Thinking | 0 comments

The Architecture of Biodiversity

  What Does Biodiversity Mean? Biodiversity is an interesting word so commonly used that it is beginning to sound like “motherhood” and “hot apple pie”. Said another way, many people, especially students, learn the word and are told that it is good. They are told that we must preserve biodiversity. So they agree with it. But, without further help from an environmental educator, they are not sure how or why. They are told that: Biological diversity means the variability among living organisms from all sources including terrestrial, marine...

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Ecoliteracy : The Poverty of Human Insight

Posted by on Mar 3, 2019 in Conservation Issues, Ecoliteracy, Environmental Education, Natures Connections | 1 comment

Ecoliteracy : The Poverty of Human Insight

Human population growth is not sustainable on a planet with finite resources. Scientist Joe Hutto, in his book “The Light In High Places”, offers his perspective: “It is not the greed of multinational corporations with their vicious bulldozers, chain saws, and oil rigs that consume resources, but rather individuals like you and me creating these insatiable demands. The real problem is our many nonnegotiable needs for fuel, transportation, our modest twelve-hundred-square-foot houses, and worse, the incessant demand for...

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Ecoliteracy : Interdependence Is Life

Posted by on Feb 16, 2019 in Conservation Issues, Ecoliteracy, Environmental Education, Systems Thinking | 6 comments

Ecoliteracy : Interdependence Is Life

Interdependence is a defining feature of all life If I were asked to select one word that describes life on Earth, I would definitely choose the word “interdependence”. Everything in Nature is interconnected. Nothing lives in isolation!! There is no such thing as living separately. Everything, including we humans, depends on everything else in Nature. But, more than mere interconnectedness, interdependence refers to the tendency of all life on Earth to be dependent upon each other in some way.   The fundamental processes that...

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