What Color is The Wind? is a feel-guide to the out-of-doors for parents with young children. Go to Edsbook.org to learn more or get yourself a copy!
A parent just forwarded this great article to us, and we had to pass it along:
Raising children to be competent and caring.
by Michael Ungar, Ph.D.
Summer Camps Make Kids Resilient
Sending children to a residential, or day camp, builds resilience
Published on February 5, 2012 by Michael Ungar, Ph.D. in Nurturing Resilience
I recently spoke to 300 camp directors about how to make children more resilient to life stress. Summer camps, we discovered, are perfect places to help children optimize their psychosocial development.
After all, summer camps are places where children get the experiences they need to bolster their range of coping strategies. There are the simple challenges keep reading…
Following up on last month’s article, it looks as if public outcry, pressure, petitioning and action have paid off. The four-state Delaware River Basin Commision cancelled it’s November 21st scheduled vote on Hydraulic Fracturing for natural gas in the Delaware River watershed.
For those of us who love the river and feel the importance of preserving our clean water and land it was great news! Unfortunately, the doors to the gas companies are not yet closed, as each state has the right to make it’s own regulations.
Decisions are still being made in New York and New Jersey. In New York there is a movement to contact Governor Cuomo and urge him to prohibit fracking.
In New Jersey there is a push to encourage state representatives to override Governor Christie’s veto of a bill that the legislature already passed banning fracking.
We usually don’t get political. But when it involves the environment, and more specifically, an environment that is near and dear to us, we must. keep reading…
Chef Yoko’s recipes from this past summer are now available for your palette’s pleasure!
Visit the Cooking activity page of our website, where we’ve made Yoko’s recipes from summer 2011 available as a PDF.
Before we let go of summer completely and immerse ourselves in September and autumn, we would like to share with you some of the feedback received from parents about their children’s experience this past summer at The Nature Place:
“We have seen our child mature and grow so much this summer. He has obviously been challenged while feeling safe and accepted. For this we are so grateful.”
“Thanks to all of you for your enthusiasm, patience and kindness. keep reading…
Announcing this Summer’s weekly themes!
Each week at camp has its own theme. Weekly themes are a fun way to create connections between the various activities we have at camp, and to set each week into a contextual whole. Weekly themes are manifested through our morning skits, our daily songs and many of our activities.
The themes for this year are…(drum roll please):
Week 1 – Taking Care
Week 2 – Winter in Summer
Week 3 – What “Bugs” You?
Week 4 – Why Did the Chicken Cross the Camp?
Week 5 – Reach Up
Week 6 – What! and Why?
After this very long Winter we are all looking forward to Spring and its promises: growth, fresh scents, green, longer daylight, chirping birds, renewal, warmer breezes and climbing temperatures. This is also the time for another temperature rise, at least metaphorically, within us – Spring Fever! We are all familiar with its symptoms: hard to sit still; long gazes out the window; an overwhelming need to get outdoors, even for just a few minutes; the reassuring comfort of knowing once again that the world is a warm and good place.
Some people, when they develop a real fever, take medication to relieve or to bring down the fever. Others let the fever run its course and believe that a fever is the body’s way of really dealing with the infection, illness or whatever is the cause of the rise in body temperature.
There is nothing we can take over-the-counter or by prescription that will help this Spring fever (and we wouldn’t want to). We have to follow the second course of action as described above – recognize it, live with it, it’s there for a reason. Spring fever is there to heighten our senses, to get us outside and moving, to wonder and wander with our children, to feel a part of the natural world.
Go out. Say ‘Yes’. Give in to that fever!