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Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life

by Edward O. Wilson

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on July 20, 2016 | Filed under Animal Protection, Books, Citizenship & Community, College/Adult, Consumerism, Environmental Protection, High School, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Resources, Science, Social Studies/History

Each day, people around the world take up the fight for the preservation of planet Earth. Species are being brought back from the brink of extinction and sections of land are being saved from human… More

Connecting Kids (and Adults) With Nature

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on June 17, 2016 | Filed under Activism, Citizenship & Community, Environmental Protection, Global Issues Guides, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Psychology, Resources, Science, Social Studies/History

Find books, articles, videos, studies, lesson plans and other resources to help educators and parents (re)connect children and adults with the natural world. More

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Engage Others in “Coming Back to Life”

Written by Lauren Allison | No Comments | Published on June 9, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Lauren Allison At times, our work as humane educators can seem challenging. Dealing with the issues of the world can bring about intense emotions and even feelings of hopelessness. “Coming Back to Life: The… More

La Caja Asombrosa

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on May 24, 2016 | Filed under Arts, Early Childhood, Elementary, Environmental Protection, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Resources, Science, Spanish

La caja asombrosa se utiliza para guardar una colección de varios objetos naturales encontrados (conchas, hojas, plumas, rocas, ramas, cadáveres de insectos, etc.). Los estudiantes pueden interactuar con los objetos, inspeccionándolos, utilizando sus cinco sentidos,… More

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Killing a Worm When I Was Eight Reminded Me of My Values

Written by Guest Blogger | 1 Comment | Published on May 21, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Amanda Schmit   When I was eight-years-old I loved all animals. Cats, dogs, giant centipedes. I was very inclusive. My family had moved across the country from Palmdale, California, to Buffalo, New York, so… More

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The Possibility of Possibility

Written by Lynne Westmoreland | No Comments | Published on April 18, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Lynne Westmoreland I awoke this morning with the realization of how much is right with the world. My mind and heart were filled with gratitude for the heron that flew over us yesterday and… More

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Coming Back to Life: The Updated Guide to the Work That Reconnects

by Joanna Macy and Molly Brown

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on April 4, 2016 | Filed under Activism, Books, Citizenship & Community, College/Adult, Environmental Protection, Human Rights, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Peace, Politics & Democracy, Resources, Science, Social Studies/History

At times, our work as humane educators can seem challenging. Dealing with the issues of the world can bring about intense emotions and even feelings of hopelessness. “Coming Back to Life” (340 pgs) by Joanna… More

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Why We Need Humane Education: We Need More Nature

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on March 10, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw Here are three major truths we know about nature: 1. It’s really good for us. Numerous studies demonstrate the many benefits of kids being out in the natural world, including this recent… More

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Humane Education Activity: Wonder Box

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 1 Comment | Published on September 10, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

Start nurturing reverence for nature and a sense of wonder from the first day of school. The Wonder Box is used to hold a collection of various natural found objects (shells, leaves, feathers, rocks, etc.)…. More

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Resources for (Re)Connecting Kids (and Adults) with Nature

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on April 23, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw Research has repeatedly shown that we need regular exposure to the natural world. We’re happier and healthier when we’re connected to the natural world. Studies also show improved cognitive function and stress… More