last child in the woods

Children & Nature Network

Co-founded by Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods, the Children & Nature Network seeks to reconnect children with the natural world. The website offers ideas, resources, tools, and several initiatives to help children, families, schools, and communities connect with nature and renew their love and wonder for the environment. Initiatives and resources…

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tree hugger

Treehuggers: Children’s Picture Books Honoring Trees

by Marsha Rakestraw Trees are mythical, magical and mysterious. We depend upon them for everything from the air we breathe to the inspiration for bad poetry to a source for the very materials that make our lives possible. Kids love trees. They love to climb them, trounce around their leaves, notice who lives in them,…

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eco-friendly

21 Children’s Picture Books for Exploring Eco-Friendly Actions

by Marsha Rakestraw Earth Day may be every day, but our relationship to the natural world often gets a little extra attention in April. Children are hungry to connect with their world and learn what they can do to make a positive difference. Check out these 21 children’s books that help inspire a desire to…

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Palm Oil

Palm Oil

Find suggested books, websites, articles, videos, lesson plans, activities and other resources on issues related to palm oil to help you learn and/or teach about this topic.

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Ocean Preservation

Oceans and Ocean Preservation

Find suggested books, websites, articles, videos, lesson plans, activities and other resources on oceans and ocean preservation issues to help you learn and/or teach about this topic.

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Deforestation

Forests and Deforestation

Resources (books, lesson plans, videos, articles and more) to help you teach and/or learn about the issues related to our forests, deforestation, and solutions for reforesting and protecting our lands.

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gardening

12 Children’s Picture Books About the Power of Gardens

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 plants, rocks, or other materials. And their seeds can blossom into food, or memory, or hope. Gardens of all sorts…

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Resources: Natural Value

Natural Value

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 an alternative, students can do this activity focusing on an individual animal.) Recommended for grades 8-12. Time: 45 minutes

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