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.

 

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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For Environmental Educators: Notes On Environmental Education Teaching Methods

Posted by on Dec 1, 2017 in Environmental Education | 3 comments

For Environmental Educators: Notes On Environmental Education Teaching Methods

With this blog posting, I am sharing my collection of notes on  environmental education teaching methods which are contained in my new book, “Empowering Stewards of Nature – Lessons From The Web of Life“. This book will be made available at no cost on this web site.   *********************************************************************************************************************** “We cannot change the world by a new plan, project or idea. We cannot even change other people by our convictions, stories, advice and...

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Are Environmental Conservation Strategies Misguided or On Target?

Posted by on Nov 2, 2017 in Environmental Education | 8 comments

Are Environmental Conservation Strategies Misguided or On Target?

  Some of the essays that are presented in this blog site communicate a deep concern over the negative impact of human beings on Nature. The information sources that support these essays predict the destruction of the human race within the next 50 years unless humanity is able to make a significant change in the relationship between human beings and Nature. This point of view is presented by many experts and is well documented in great detail in the book by Lester R. Brown  entitled “Plan B – Mobilizing To Save...

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Environmental Educators Are Very Important People

Posted by on Oct 20, 2017 in Environmental Education | 4 comments

Environmental Educators Are Very Important People

  Environmental educators are some of the most important people on our planet. I can take it a step further by confidently stating that environmental educators may be that one group of humans who can save humanity from total destruction in the next 50 years. [ http://www.earth-policy.org/images/uploads/book_files/pb4book.pdf   ] Those of you who are environmental educators  have the power to advance your legacy with a sense of caring for our Earth. Equally important, you have the power to instill a human consciousness of deep interdependency...

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An Open Letter To Environmental Educators

Posted by on Aug 20, 2017 in Environmental Education | 4 comments

An Open Letter To Environmental Educators

As environmental educators, we have one of the most important jobs in current history. The purpose of our profession is to build a legacy of future generations that will result in a new consciousness for Nature that has been lost by recent generations. Through our efforts, the current destructive trend of apathy toward Nature, human over-consumption, and over-population has the potential of being reversed before it is too late. It is our legacy who will be preserving and protecting Nature’s essential and vital energy flow. I am both...

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For Environmental Educators : Teach The Children

Posted by on May 14, 2017 in Environmental Education | 2 comments

For Environmental Educators : Teach The Children

I am privileged to mentor a group of incredible high school seniors in a program in Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico. This English language Socratic seminar-style program, called “Journey”, helps build critical thinking skills in the English language, prepares the students for their new university/college experience, and provides an environment where each student tries to define a pathway for his or her life. There are 20 students in this program. In addition, I mentor a volunteer program in environmental education where 10 of my my...

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For Environmental Educators – Are You Only Preaching To The Choir?

Posted by on May 5, 2017 in Environmental Education | 0 comments

For Environmental Educators – Are You Only Preaching To The Choir?

Almost every time I begin preparing an essay for my blog site I ask myself two questions:   “Are you simply preaching to the choir?” OR “Does your writing effort make an impact somewhere?”. Google Analytics tells me that people are reading my material about 4,000 times every 30 days. And, I have over 11,000 followers on Twitter. But, do my words actually cause some sort of positive action or are people simply nodding in agreement as if I were a preacher delivering a sermon to my flock? The honest answer is that I do...

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