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Gatewood Elementary is becoming known as an environmental school in the west suburbs of Minneapolis. 4th grade teachers, Jeremy Hahn and Amanda Van Wye have incorporated environmental studies into their regular science curriculum. For many years, they have brought their … Continue reading
80 teenagers for a week in the woods Hopkins Field Biology class. Sound a little scary?…… No cell phones or electronics, just being in the woods with kids who were totally open to the beauty that surrounded them….. it made … Continue reading
What would happen if you turned off your phone, iPad and other devices and spent time listening and observing nature? This is the challenge I offered up to 4th graders at Cedar Ridge School in Eden Prairie, MN. The students … Continue reading
Many thanks to the Gatewood PTO, who funded the poetry residency for many years. Tiger Fly It’s a beautiful butterfly Golden as the sun Sometimes I wonder How old it was But now I’m sad Because it is Dead … Continue reading
Old Naturalist: The Hopkins Field Biology Camp has been run by Scott Stillman for 18 years. He recently received a “Life Changer” award for his work with children and nature. During this year’s camp, I was surrounded by natural beauty, … Continue reading
Chinese ink and Brush paintings – James Gregory I like painting nature because in order to paint I have to get out of my analytical mind and actually see the scene in order to paint it. This experience of turning … Continue reading
Editor’s Note: The wildness of Antarctica, the Chilean Andes and the desert lands of the Atacama in Northern Chile had a deep impact on many of the travelers. Hopefully, you will feel the raw emotion in the poetry and the … Continue reading
Fifth graders at Gatewood Elementary expressed what was in their hearts, writing haiku, cinquain, and sensory poems. All photos by students. The poetry residency was funded by the Gatewood PTO. I am I am the ladybug, gliding gracefully up the … Continue reading
Sixty teenagers ranging in age from 11 – 17 years old in the Northwoods. If you would like to be inspired and feel a burst of creative energy, read what is in the heart of these children. Listening, looking, and … Continue reading