Pencil Miles: An Interview with Shannon Finch

Shannon Finch is a humane educator, writer, and wildlife photographer who lives with her husband and numerous animal companions on five acres in Stanwood, Washington. She received her M.Ed. through IHE’s graduate program in 2010. Shannon is the founder of AnimalKind Training and works as a certified animal behavior consultant with dogs, cats, equines, and…

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Saving Animals and Empowering People Through Humane Education: An Interview With Tod Emko

Tod Emko is a conservationist from New York City. While Emko’s “day job” is as a web developer for Blue State Digital, a cause-oriented agency that managed both Obama Presidential campaigns online, he spends a lot of his time as an educator and changemaker. After having crewed with Sea Shepherd Global for several years, Emko…

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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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people and animals

16 Children’s Picture Books About People Helping Animals

by Marsha Rakestraw Modeling a message of compassion for others is a vital part of creating a better world for all. Children’s picture books are a valuable means of sharing with younger children examples of people helping those in need, and of inspiring them to think critically about what it means to be a good…

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Whale breaching the ocean's surface

Whale’s Stomach

Students learn about the impact of our “throwaway society” by exploring all the different kinds of trash found in a whale’s stomach. Recommended for grades 3-8. Time: 15-45 minutes   Common Core Standards for this activity (pdf): Download Common Core for grades 3-5. Download Common Core for grades 6-8.   Find out how some of…

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Rsources: Vanishing Rainforests

Vanishing Rainforests

Use this activity to help students practice their math skills while gaining a real sense of how much rainforest is being destroyed and brainstorming what they can do to avoid contributing to rainforest destruction. Recommended for grades 6 through 8. Time: 50-120 minutes   Common Core Standards for this activity (pdf): Download Common Core for…

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scavenger hunt

Scavenger Hunt

Help participants rediscover the wonder of the natural world by taking them on an outdoor scavenger hunt for which they’ll record their finds, rather than “taking” anything. Recommended for All ages. Time: 45-60 minutes Find out how some of our other activities connect to Common Core Standards (pdf): IHE activities for Common Core for grades…

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