Fall Block!

So I’m going on hiatus for awhile since I’ll be off campus for four months doing the Fall Block thing (which means I’m in the middle of nowhere jumping off rocks and learning about trees and having a good old time being outside as much as I can).

Though I’ll leave you with a joke that I found hilarious and you’ll probably just think I’m a freak or something:

“Alice Algae and Freddie Fungus took a lichen to each other and now their relationship is on the rocks.”

Mwahahaha. Yeah, I’m probably the only one who would find that funny. GO NATURAL HISTORY! I’m a nerd.

Back on topic, you won’t see me for awhile so I hope you enjoy the beautiful fall season and the changing of the leaves and remember to live. It’s good for the soul. I’ll see you in January.

GLBT Inclusion in Outdoor Education

So I posted a version of this awhile ago, but I just completed my seminar and I thought I would post my revised presentation “Inclusion of GLBT Youth into Outdoor Education” here for your reading pleasure. The biggest change was that I made it more personal for my place of work (the Hartley Nature Center) Feel free to comment and let me know what you think.

The seminar itself went well and I got very positive feedback. I had a powerpoint with it as well, but eh. Keep reading to see my thoughts on this subject.

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Importance of Outdoor Play

A child’s need for free play is important to their early development. It’s even more important that this free play takes place outside where one can feel the grass between their toes, hear the wind through the trees, smell the moist dirt of the earth, and see the many wonders of the world.

Unfortunately, this doesn’t happen as much as it used to because of the fear parents have that something terrible will happen to their child if they so much as blink.

Children’s Outdoor Play and Learning Environments: Returning to Nature by Randy White & Vicki Stoecklin is a phenomenal article about why children need to be exposed to nature. They give in-depth research on biophilia and how to design outdoor play areas for kids. If you’re a parent, a teacher, or even a kid-at-heart, you’ll want to read this.

I think I’m going to go climb a tree.

(I apologize for the amount of posting lately. I’ve been doing a lot of research and I tend to blog about things I get excited about. We’ll talk about muttaburrasaurs at a later date.)

We are all a bit batty – Bat Education!

Yesterday was Blogathon day, and as you can see, I did not participate. I already had plans yesterday with my girl because two years ago I wrote her a letter asking her out. I don’t think she would have forgiven me if I ditched out on our plans to write in my blog every half hour.

Anyway, I did keep up on my Lee’s blog, which has always proved to be a large storehouse of information for paleo-nerds. Or, really, any nerd interested in the nitpickings of science. Sometimes I feel really smart when I read her blog. Other times… ha.

I wonder why she stays friends with me.

Anyway, it got me thinking a lot about my intentions when I first came to Northland. My plan was to major in Biology and slowly become a Bat Biologist. I love bats. I am a bat freak, I guess. My favorite are the flying foxes, named for their dog-like faces and large ears. They are true fruit bats, found in the Order of Chiroptera (or “hand-wing”). These true fruit bats are actually split into two groups: the Microchiropter (“small hand-wing”) and the Megachiropter (“large hand-wing”).
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The modern day seven wonders.

New 7 Wonders of the World.

Okay, I have mixed feelings about this. I think it’s cool that the modern world is taking part in saying what’s the greastest man-made structures in creation, but to make them the new 7 wonders of the world? I think that’s going a little too far. Nothing now even measures up to the grandeur of the originals, even though only the pyramids are still in existence. I’m just afraid that those original prodigious creations will be forgotten.

And, I mean come on, the Statue of Liberty was on the list? That is nothing compared to the Statue of Zeus or the Lighthouse of Alexandria! I guess to me the Statue of Liberty has become something of a mockery (though I don’t contest that it still holds great importance to many people, and at one point it did mean something – I just think that meaning has been lost on many).

I am in great awe of the seven wonders, the real ones. I always have been. And yes, some of the new ones do hold that same emphasis of greatness to them, but they’re still new. And they should be held in great regard, but why replace creations that were far more ancient and, in may ways, impossible feats of humankind?

Like I said, mixed feelings. Feel free to discuss, I want to know what others are thinking.