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Activities on Environmental Protection, Reawakening Wonder

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on April 10, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

(Our Thursday blog posts are now reflecting monthly themes. For April, in honor of National Environmental Education Week (April 13-19), we’re posting about environmental protection issues and resources. Let us know what you think by… More

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Speaking From the Heart: A Council of All Beings

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on February 27, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

(Our Thursday blog posts are now reflecting monthly themes. For February, American Heart Month, we’re posting about compassion, empathy and love. Let us know what you think by commenting.) What does a mountain wish for?… More

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Rekindle Students’ Love of Nature with “Natural Value”

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on November 14, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

Despite what a recent toy advertisement might have us believe, children tend to have an inherent affinity for the natural world. That connection can fade if it’s not nurtured regularly. But even with young people… More

Natural Value

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on November 12, 2013 | Filed under Activism, Animal Protection, Citizenship & Community, Environmental Protection, High School, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Middle School, Resources, Science

Students reflect on an image that captures natural beauty and the intrinsic value that nature has in order to consider their own roles in protecting nature  and to help nurture their sense of wonder. (As… More

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Humane Education Activity: Smell Teas

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on June 11, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

Summer is a great time for the Smell Teas game. It’s appropriate for kids and adults, and can be used in school, at camp, or even as a family game at home. We do it… More

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Humane Educator’s Toolbox: Helping Students Become “Neighborhood Detectives”

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on May 6, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

Many of us grew up with Mr. Rogers singing and talking about neighbors and our neighborhoods, and Sesame Street has connected generations of children with a sense of place. An important part of falling in… More

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Humane Education Activity: Find Your Tree

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on April 19, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

We’re losing our connection with the natural world. That which sustains us, feeds and nurtures us, inspires us. We depend on it for our very survival, yet we continue to allow all our gadgets and… More