The Touch of a Whale

I awoke to the sunrise with sandy toes and anticipation. With The unfiltered Baja sun illuminating the whole beach, I stared across the lagoon knowing it was going to be an important day. We loaded into a small panga (boat) and ventured into the bay. It wasn’t long before a mother Gray whale and her calf …

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Everyone Needs Nature and Nature Needs Everyone

In the work of conservation and nature education, we are increasingly focusing on diversity, equity and inclusion. What do those words mean? How can we implement programs that are truly inclusive? How can we create truly equitable experiences, access and opportunities? How can we raise up diverse leaders? I just spent days at a conference …

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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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