Ted Wells, a fourth grade teacher at The Park School in Brookline, MA, is always looking for ways to connect his students with nature. Here he offers 12 great ideas for celebrating Earth Day with students, throughout the month of April and beyond.
A new study suggests that the amount of time kids spend watching TV or playing electronic games may affect their well-being in early childhood, including mental health factors like their risk for emotional problems.
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A preoccupation with safety has stripped childhood of independence, risk taking, and discovery—without making it safer. A new kind of playground points to a better solution.
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Teachers can educate students about Ohio’s number one industry, enter to win a field trip for your classroom, and help students build their college funds by participating in the state’s Ag is Cool! program.
Students of all ages (K-12) can participate in a creative expression art contest. It’s simple and fun! Students can paint a picture, make a video, take a picture, or submit a creative illustration of why they think Ohio agriculture is cool! They can win prizes and get into the Ohio State Fair for FREE! Enter today and your winning student may meet the Governor at the 2014 Ohio State Fair.
In addition, all 4th grade teachers can apply to win a field trip for their classroom! Start by signing up to receive a free admission voucher at www.ohioagriculture.gov/agiscool, then visit the Ag is Cool! stations during the Ohio State Fair (July 23 – Aug. 3). There, they can enter a random drawing for a chance to win big!
Students of all ages and grades can learn about agriculture at the interactive Ag is Cool! stations at the Ohio State Fair, but 4th grade students (during the 2013-2014 year) can get in free and enter to win one of four $500 scholarships.
The Ohio Department of Agriculture, Ohio Farm Bureau, Ohio State Fair and the buckeye state’s agricultural commodity groups are co-sponsors for the “Agriculture is Cool” program. For a complete listing of forms, rules and other details, visit the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s website at: www.agri.ohio.gov, or call Lori Panda at 614-466-8798.
Please click on the following link to view the Ag is Cool! video: http://youtu.be/EQNoeJyxtlA.
We had a lot of fun at Olander Park's Christmas Bird Count for Kids last weekend. It was snowing and blowing! But we got GREAT views of a Bald Eagle. It perched for a long time for us,and we even used a spotting scope to get close-up views of its talons and beak. We also saw American Coots, Juncos, and, of course, Canada Geese and Mallards.
Bring the kids to Olander Park in Sylvania and/or Woodlawn Arboretum in Toledo for a half day of learning about and counting birds.
Any of the three parts of this event will be cancelled if there is a Level 2 or 3 snow emergency at the start time.
From the journal Preventing Chronic Disease
We measured the quantity and intensity of physical activity in 106 urban public school students during recess outdoors, recess indoors in the gym, and recess indoors in the classroom. We determined, on the basis of 655 recess observations, that outdoor recess enabled more total steps per recess period, more steps in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity, and higher heart rates than recess in the gym or classroom. To maximize physical activity quantity and intensity, school policies should promote outdoor recess.
Read the article here: http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2013/13_0135.htm at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Study after study has shown that outdoor exercise, views of trees and sky, and interactions with animals have hugely beneficial effects. Sometimes it can be difficult to move away from the computer, put aside the smartphone, and take in what nature has to offer. Read THIS ARTICLE to be inspired by 10 dead simple ways to *be* in nature.
9 Free Nature and Wildlife Apps for Kids – from the Wilderness Society.
Our Favorite Apps where You Pretend to be Animals or Naturalists – from the National Wildlife Federation.
And remember to check out the Resources page on this website for a list of Lesson Plans, Camps, Articles, Websites and more that can help you get the kids in your life outside and learning about nature.
There's still time to register for this amazing event, but you must act FAST! Registration closes on October 31st!
The conference features outstanding young people sharing their interest and
knowledge of birds, but the conference is NOT just for young people.
Adults are encouraged to attend, and we guarantee that you will learn a lot and come away feeling inspired!
· Adult Registration Fee - $20
· Student Registration Fee - $10
· And that includes a catered lunch, too!
To download a registration form or register using paypal,
please visit the OYBC WEBSITE.
You may also register by calling
Black Swamp Bird Observatory at (419) 898-4070
We have an awesome group of young birders who will be speaking
at this year’s conference. We guarantee you will leave knowing more about birds than you did when you arrived, and that you will feel the dedication these dynamic young people have for birds and bird conservation.
Master of Ceremony: Jacob Stinnett
Keynote Speaker: Aspen Ellis
Title: Three Months, Three Showers, and Countless Data Sheets:
A Summer in Seabird Field Research Off The Coast of Maine
Speaker: Nathan Martineau
Title: The Merits of Local Birding
Speaker: Stephen Bischoff
Title: Daily Development of Tree Swallows (Tachycineta bicolor) and
Eastern Bluebirds (Sialia sialis) Using Photography and Weight Measurements
Speaker: May Martineau
Title: Water, Paints, and Paper: How Birds Inspired My Art
Speaker: Bill Davis and the Toledo ZooTeens
Title: Toledo ZooTeens: Who We Are, What We Do, & How To Become One
Young Birders Assisting Kenn Kaufman with this year's Bird Photo ID Quiz include:
Kayla Parry, Clare Jusdanis, and Sarah Seeley
Optional activities from 8:15-10:00 AM include:
· A behind the scenes tour of the Zoo Aviary or Herpetology Room
· Nestbox building near the registration area
Please meet at the OYBC Conference registration area inside the Museum of Science building for tours.
Opening remarks begin at 10:30 AM.
Tickets for AWESOME optics raffle prizes will be available for purchase at the registration table.
All proceeds from the raffles benefit the OYBC
There will also be FREE OPTICS door prize drawings for all youth attendees
This year we'll also offer Fledgling Corner - with bird-related crafts and activites for the little 'birds' in your family!
If you have any questions about the conference, please contact
Kate Zimmerman at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 419-898-4070.
* The Conference is also supported by a grant from Midwest Birding Symposium