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New Man On The Moon (And His Name Is Dean) : NPR

New Man On The Moon (And His Name Is Dean) : NPR | Outdoor Ethics | Scoop.it
One of the country's speediest, most daring and dangerously tall climbers seems to be walking across the sky until his foot touches the moon's edge. But he doesn't stay for long.
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Chicken Farms Try Oregano as Antibiotic Substitute

Chicken Farms Try Oregano as Antibiotic Substitute | Outdoor Ethics | Scoop.it
Chicken farms including Bell & Evans in Pennsylvania are using oregano-based products as substitutes for antibiotics, but research on their effectiveness is scant and many remain skeptical.
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Call for Proposals

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"The Greenbuild 2013 Call for Education Session Proposals is now open!

The U.S. Green Building Council is now accepting proposals for presenters and topics for Greenbuild 2013, including all associated Summits.

Greenbuild International Conference & Expo
November 20-22, 2013, Philadelphia, PA

This conference features educational sessions covering all aspects of sustainable design, construction, and operations practices for buildings and communities, including their impact on people, the environment, and the economy.

For complete information about the 2013 Call for Proposals, please read the full document.We encourage you to refer to the submittal guide for detailed submittal instructions.

All proposals must be submitted online. You may begin the submission process and return to your saved proposal any time up until the submission deadline. Faxed or mailed proposals will not be accepted.

Refer to the submittal guide for detailed submittal instructions and please contact program@usgbc.org with any questions.

Want to hear from the experts what makes a high quality Greenbuild education session proposal? Listen to our webinar:

“How to Successfully Submit a Greenbuild Education Session Proposal”"

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Researchers in Ohio working to see if dandelions can be future of the tire industry (gallery)

Researchers in Ohio working to see if dandelions can be future of the tire industry (gallery) | Outdoor Ethics | Scoop.it

Here's an idea, turn an invasive species into something useful!

 

"Researchers at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster are working with industry giants to harvest natural rubber from a relative of those plants home gardeners love to hate."

 

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Look, Don’t Touch | Orion Magazine

Look, Don’t Touch | Orion Magazine | Outdoor Ethics | Scoop.it
I appreciate how this author points out the importance if free play. Many of the points in this article reminds me of my Leave No Trace master trainer's comments about the importance of balancing stewardship with exploration.



Much of environmental education has become pedantic and rule-bound. Could it actually be turning kids away from nature? Web extra: author interview.

Key points of this article:

First, environmental educators need to allow children to be “untutored savages” for a while.

Second, environmental educators need to focus way more on hands-on experience with children and way less on systematic knowledge.

"Nancy Wells and Kristi Lekies from Cornell University took on this question, and described their findings in “Nature and the Life Course: Pathways from Childhood Nature Experiences to Adult Environmentalism.” They found that wild nature experience in childhood correlates with adult environmental values and behavior. Domesticated nature experience correlates with adult environmental values but not so much with behavior. Perhaps most surprising, the study found that, “participation in environmental education programs (in school, in Scouts, at camp, or in community environmental improvement programs) was not a significant predictor of either environmental attitudes or behaviors.”

Notable quotes from this article:



"We told you about programs, Daddy. Too many rules. It would’ve been fun if we could have just played all together in the meadow.”

"Puzzling statement. You’re thinking: environmental education is supposed to connect children with nature, to get them started on a lifetime of loving and wanting to protect the natural world. Yes—that’s what is supposed to happen. But somewhere along the way, much of environmental education lost its magic, its “wildly, gladly rejoicing together.”

"Much of environmental education today has taken on a museum mentality, where nature is a composed exhibit on the other side of the glass. Children can look at it and study it, but they can’t do anything with it. The message is: Nature is fragile. Look, but don’t touch. Ironically, this “take only photographs, leave only footprints” mindset crops up in the policies and programs of many organizations trying to preserve the natural world and cultivate children’s relationships to it."

"The imaginative, constructive practice of fort building actually fosters the sense of connectedness that land trusts want to cultivate in young people. It’s an instinctive drive to make a home in the world away from the home your parents provided you. When you make a fort, or den, or hideout, it creates a connection to the land, nurturing an affinity for that place. Discouraging these natural tendencies of childhood could actually lead to resentment of, and a lack of commitment to, the land trust’s agenda of land preservation."

"Between the ages of six and twelve, children have an innate desire to explore the woods, build forts, make potions from wild berries, dig to China, and each of these activities is an organic, natural way for them to develop environmental values and behaviors."

"The “look but don’t touch” approach cuts kids off from nature, teaching them that nature is boring and fraught with danger. Inadvertently, these messages send children back inside to the dynamic interactivity of computer games. Could it be that our fear of litigation and our puritanical concerns for protecting each and every blade of grass are hampering the development of the very stewardship values and behaviors that we environmental educators all say we’re trying to foster?"

"John Muir helped create the national park system, and his writing has fostered environmental values and behaviors in countless millions of people. My contention is that John Muir’s preservationist instincts grew in part out of these childhood experiences, (we made guns out of gas-pipe, mounted them on sticks of any shape, clubbed our pennies together for powder, gleaned pieces of lead here and there and cut them into slugs, and, while one aimed, another applied a match to the touch-hole. With these awful weapons we wandered along the beach) which probably contributed more to his commitment to the natural world than learning the difference between sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous rocks in the mandated third grade curriculum."

As John Burroughs once said, “Knowledge without love will not stick. But if love comes first, knowledge is sure to follow.” It’s our responsibility as parents and teachers to make sure that love comes first.
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Blood on the bike path: What a tragic accident teaches us about safely sharing the trails

Blood on the bike path: What a tragic accident teaches us about safely sharing the trails | Outdoor Ethics | Scoop.it
When an elderly woman was killed in a collision with a bicyclist, commenters on news websites unleashed a flurry of anti-cyclist vitriol. Not only was it unfair, but a few simple rules of thumb mig...
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A Reminder (should be) - Leave No Trace :: Programs :: Principles

A Reminder (should be) - Leave No Trace :: Programs :: Principles | Outdoor Ethics | Scoop.it

"Plan Ahead and Prepare | Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces | Dispose of Waste Properly | Leave What You Find |
Minimize Campfire Impacts | Respect Wildlife | Be Considerate of Other Visitors"


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LOOK: Kid Is REALLY Sorry For Taking Sticks From Park

LOOK: Kid Is REALLY Sorry For Taking Sticks From Park | Outdoor Ethics | Scoop.it
This kid note submitted to Reddit by user and self-proclaimed Yosemite National Park Ranger bestmattever, shows the dismay of a young child named Evie, who wrote the letter with two sticks attached because the child knew they were "not supposed to...
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The Beginning

A debut presentation: The Leave No Trace Master and his followers vow to preserve and protect the places we play. The Saga begins! Stay tuned next week as the story…
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Death Valley Temperature Record Is Restored

Death Valley Temperature Record Is Restored | Outdoor Ethics | Scoop.it
Death Valley is officially the hottest place on earth, now that meteorologists have invalidated a 136.4-degree reading claimed since 1922 by a city in Libya.
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World's Oldest Trees Dying At Alarming Rate

World's Oldest Trees Dying At Alarming Rate | Outdoor Ethics | Scoop.it
According to a disturbing new report, the world's oldest and largest trees may be dying off -- and fast.
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Real vs. Fake Christmas Trees | The Nature Conservancy

Real vs. Fake Christmas Trees | The Nature Conservancy | Outdoor Ethics | Scoop.it
Frank Lowenstein, director of climate adaptation for The Nature Conservancy, solves the age-old debate: should your family buy a real or fake Christmas tree?
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Yosemite Nature Notes - 19 - Night Skies 1080p

Yosemite's vast acreage and remote location protect some of the darkest night skies in the country. Astronomers, photographers and city dwellers flock to the...
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Philmont Trek Crew

Philmont Trek Crew | Outdoor Ethics | Scoop.it
Good for you!

badenpiland's photo on Instagram (Crew 716T from Rochester, Michigan @ Philmont Scout Ranch http://t.co/OejBq0ts...)...
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Appalachian Trail Conservancy - Leave No Trace Practices

Appalachian Trail Conservancy - Leave No Trace Practices | Outdoor Ethics | Scoop.it
PLEASE CHECK OUT THE INFO BELOW TO PROTECT THIS BEAUTIFUL TRAIL - AND PASS ON THESE BASIC PRACTICES THAT MANY...
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Lego Leave No Trace Video

Lego Leave No Trace Video...

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Raw Recipe: German Chocolate Bars - Trail Cooking & The Outdoors

Raw Recipe: German Chocolate Bars - Trail Cooking & The Outdoors | Outdoor Ethics | Scoop.it
RT Raw Recipe: German Chocolate Bars http://t.co/89eEia7I #leave_no_trace...
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