I wrote a piece about this for Slate this summer , about how we need more unstructured play for kids in nature, especially in National Park Service parks. The story that I open with in that piece is about this kid who got told off for taking rocks away from a state park — rock they had brought in to use for road gravel. You have to have a hell of a lot of kids for a hell of a long time to really, really damage most of these places. But definitely your average forest, rocky beach or something like that — let them mess around.
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And then we got out of the car and they started picking up pebbles, and they were fascinated. They need to interact, tactilely, with nature. I feel very ambivalent about it, mostly negative. I came to all these ideas independently. We all essentially love the same things.
We want to stop extinction, so we want diversity. We want a green world. We want kids to be able to run and play in the creeks. Humans have become one of the primary drivers on the Earth.
Once you acknowledge that, it becomes the starting point for having conversations about, okay, now how do we move forward? So we can have all these philosophical conversations, and I sure love them. But the real heroes are the people who are out there getting conservation done. Want to find out what Walt Reid, Cristina Eisenberg and other conservation science leaders are thinking?
Read more of our Green Giants interviews. Opinions expressed on Cool Green Science and in any corresponding comments are the personal opinions of the original authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Nature Conservancy. Please note that all comments are moderated and may take some time to appear. In the meantime, I wish E. Wilson many more years of inspiring leadership in conservation. They should keep their mouth SHUT unless they speak the truth.
This […]. But it bounces away. So he jumps into a taxi, but the taxi runs out of gas. Aw, nuts!
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He bounces on a pogo stick, but it lands in a hole. Will Squirrel be able to catch up to the most delicious acorn ever? This time, the Lambchops are visiting the Big Apple! But before anyone signs the declaration, the group goes on a whirlwind tour of New York City. What should be an adventure quickly turns scary when Stanley and his new friend Ian get separated from their group. But Stanley and Ian manage to find the fun in their situation, traveling around Manhattan: through the subway, across Times Square, and—finally—to the top of the Empire State Building. And for parents and teachers, each Flat Stanley book is aligned to the Common Core State Standards, like multicultural adventure, plot and character development story elements, and compare and contrast.
From that day on he never stopped marveling at the universe and seeking to understand it better. Star Stuff follows Carl from his days star gazing from the bedroom window of his Brooklyn apartment, through his love of speculative science fiction novels, to his work as an internationally renowned scientist who worked on the Voyager missions exploring the farthest reaches of space.
This book introduces the beloved man who brought the mystery of the cosmos into homes across America to a new generation of dreamers and star gazers. The dynamic duo of Ezra Jack Keats Award—winning author Julie Fogliano and Caldecott Award—winning illustrator Lane Smith team up to tell a delightful story about a boy and a girl who explore an abandoned house and imagine who might have lived there in A House That Once Was.
Who lived in that house? Who walked down its hallways? Why did they leave it, and where did they go? Two children set off to find the answers, piecing together clues found, books left behind, forgotten photos, discarded toys, and creating their own vision of those who came before. Jane Foster's Cities: London - Introduce little ones to London in this bold and graphic board book by illustrator and textile designer Jane Foster.
In this beautiful and sophisticated board book, children will be introduced to bold images of London, such as Big Ben, Tower Bridge, fish and chips, and more! Magnolia's Magnificent Map -? Deep in the shade of a walnut grove stands a tall tree house.
A delightful group of friends gathers here. They call themselves the Walnut Animal Society. Their mission is to create and to always remain curious. The Walnut Animal Society is busy preparing for a very special event. The Society Soiree comes just once a month, when the night is clear and the stars are bright. Everyone is excited. Everyone but Magnolia, that is. It has taken her months of exploring and sketching and picture-snapping to create her latest map—a map of the walnut grove.
Will she finish it in time?
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Go for the Moon - For the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, a step-by-step explanation of how the Apollo 11 spacecraft worked as told by a young enthusiast. The Apollo 11 astronauts have prepared carefully for their attempt to be the first men to land on the moon. Go for the Moon! A mission to find something spectacular. So they dig a hole. And they keep digging. And they find. Yet the day turns out to be pretty spectacular after all. Want to see 19 more children's books about adventure and explorers?
Meggie lives a quiet life alone with her father, a book-binder. But her father has a deep secret— he posseses an extraordinary magical power. Who is this sinister character and what does he want? Will she be able to save him in time?
Emily Winfield Martin shows little ones that letting their imaginations run free will lead them into fantastical day dreams. Whether cloud-gazing or wandering through a museum, reading a book or playing in a tide pool, the children in this board book encounter magical creatures such as dragons, unicorns, griffins, and jackalopes. Polly Diamond and the Magic Book - Polly loves words. And she loves writing stories. So when a magic book appears on her doorstep that can make everything she writes happen in real life, Polly is certain all of her dreams are about to come true. But she soon learns that what you write and what you mean are not always the same thing!
Funny and touching, this new chapter book series will entertain readers and inspire budding writers. There is a door at the end of a silent corridor. Why else would he be waking in the middle of the night, screaming in terror? Now Harry Potter is faced with the unreliability of the very government of the magical world and the impotence of the authorities at Hogwarts.
Despite this or perhaps because of it , he finds depth and strength in his friends, beyond what even he knew; boundless loyalty; and unbearable sacrifice. A Visit to Fairyland - Are there fairies at the bottom of the garden? Laura thinks so—she has seen a little green door at the base of the willow tree, and thinks fairies might live on the other side. So she and her brother Daniel wait by the door, and sure enough, some fairies come out to greet them. Exquisitely detailed illustrations and an engaging story will delight children for hours on end.