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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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Animals and Inmates: Humane Education and Science Behind Bars

Written by Marc Bekoff | No Comments | Published on April 4, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marc Bekoff For 15 years I’ve been teaching animal behavior and conservation biology at the Boulder (Colorado) County Jail as part of the Jane Goodall Global Roots & Shoots Program. The course is one… 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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I Am a Humane Educator: Glenn Kendall

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on August 3, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection, Humane Education in Action

IHE M.Ed. grad Glenn Kendall is a National Park Service retiree. He has also had a long career working with youth. He was a founding board member of the Unity Charter School, which had the… More

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12 Children’s Picture Books About the Power of Gardens

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on July 13, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw “The soul cannot thrive in the absence of a garden.” ~ Thomas More Gardens are full of life, diversity, and wonder. They feed us physically and emotionally. They can be made of… 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

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Humane Educator’s Toolbox: “Project Wild Thing”

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on April 16, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw How can we get kids (and adults) to fall in love with the natural world again? How do we get them to put down their screens and get outside? David Bond, filmmaker… More

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Refinding Nature

Written by Jessie Huart Sullivan | No Comments | Published on April 6, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Jessie Huart Sullivan In the Institute for Humane Education graduate school residency program, I participated in Seton watching, a form of nature observation in which I sat quietly and observed a small window of… More

Sierra Magazine

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on February 2, 2015 | Filed under Activism, Environmental Protection, Magazines, Media & Culture, Politics & Democracy, Resources, Science, Social Studies/History, Websites

Sierra Club’s magazine includes features, photos, tips and more on environmental protection issues, living a greener life, taking positive action, and falling in love with the natural world. The website includes most of the articles… More