Secrets of Leading a Fun Camping Trip for Beginners

Emily Binford’s reflections from leading her first bilingual camping trip with Families in Nature This fall, I taught nature lessons from our new Ecologist School Curriculum at TA Brown Elementary School. Mid-semester, we took a group of their families out to McKinney Falls State Park to camp, fish, hike, and enjoy some Texas beauty. It …

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Into the Fold

As Families in Nature’s newest and youngest employee, I was very honored to be invited by my Executive Director to attend the 2017 Children and Nature Network conference in Vancouver, BC. When I got to the conference last Tuesday, I was very excited, yet a little trepidatious as I had no idea what to expect. …

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Art inspired by Nature

The art created by children (and parents) in Austin Families in Nature shows the inspiration that time in nature has provided. AFiN participants have created visual art through drawing, sculpting, photographing, sewing, and burning wood.  And they have expressed themselves through words written on their blogs and in their journals.           …

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Camping and watching Whooping Cranes in Rockport, TX

Last weekend, Families in Nature camped out in the group site at Goose Island State Park.This was a camping trip where everyone from all of the different AFiN groups was invited to attend.  Although no one knew each other before this trip, everyone had a great time. The kids became instant best friends, building sand castles …

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Studying Aquatic Insects Through the Eyes of a Child

  AFiN families ventured into Barton Creek with the City of Austin Watershed Department’s Todd Jackson (an amazing teacher whose enthusiasm for insects is contagious).  Kids ranging from 4 to 16 explored alongside their parents in search of aquatic macro invertebrates.  The species that were found were then counted and used to measure the health of …

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Junior Ecologist Homeschool Class on Water

After numerous field trips and adventures, our water ecology unit has ended. We wrapped up the unit with a relaxing review day on the banks of the Colorado River. Our Junior Ecologists had a blast! Students discussed and created their own demonstrations for water ecology related terms: watershed, point/non-point source pollution, permeable/ impermeable, etc. Everyone …

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Homeschool Junior Ecologist Class Visits Westcave

JET visited Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center for a guided tour this week called Water: The Lifeblood of the Earth. Parents and kids were all blown away by the amount of information given, as well as the way it was presented. Our tour guides were great with kids, and answered parents’ questions too. Our Junior Ecologists learned …

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