Kids and Nature

Children are quite naturally drawn to the swallowtail flitting about in the air or the shard of greywacke underfoot, which may be why the San Francisco Bay Area has an extensive array of programming to support little people with big curiosities. Connecting kids to the outdoors helps instill a lifelong respect for nature and may be the key to protecting the Bay Area’s wildlife and open spaces in times to come.

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Book Review: Best Hikes with Kids: San Francisco Bay Area

October 01, 2011 by Jenny Stampp

By Laure Latham, The Mountaineers Books, 2011, 364 pages, $19.95.
Hiking with kids can seem daunting, but Laure Latham is

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Got Kids? Take ‘em outside!

September 29, 2011 by Eric Galan

In an alarming poll conducted by the Nature Conservancy, only ten percent of kids said they’re spending time outside everyday. That’s no typo folks, a whopping ten percent! Before you shut off your computer and run outside, check out our list of top kid-friendly picks from our events calendar in October!

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Up Close and Personal at Animalpalooza

September 15, 2011 by Richard Karevoll

Most kids recognize the ring-tailed lemur only as the animated character King Julien from the feature cartoon Madagascar. In real life, this endangered, highly social primate is known for its vocal activity and sun bathing — and it will soon be one of many animals in San Francisco, waiting to meet kids ready to go beyond the DVD player.

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Kids Clean Up and Make Art at Ocean Beach

May 20, 2011 by Juliet Grable

How do you get 500-plus kids to sit still on the beach? Tell them a helicopter is about to fly overhead and take their collective photograph, and that by the way, they’ll also be on television. It happened at Ocean Beach, and all in the name of ocean conservation.

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Kids’ Ocean Day: Cleaning Beaches and Making Art

May 10, 2011 by Juliet Grable

On May 19 thousands of kids from San Diego to Vancouver will gather on seven West Coast beaches to pick up trash and create impressive aerial art. These kids are participating in Ocean Day, part of the California Coastal Commission’s Adopt-A-Beach Program.

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A Classroom in the Woods

January 01, 2011 by Joan Hamilton

The East Bay Regional Park District is not just the nation’s largest and oldest regional park district. It also has what’s likely the largest corps of professional naturalists of any local park agency. For generations of kids, that’s meant accessible opportunities for hiking, camping, getting dirty, and–most important–discovering the outdoors and getting to know our plant and animal neighbors.

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Terwilliger Guides Share their Love of Nature, and So Can You

July 27, 2010 by Vanessa Thill

For more than thirty years, volunteers have been sharing their love of nature with children through the Terwilliger Nature Guide program. Named for renowned nature educator Elizabeth Terwilliger, the program is now part of the larger efforts of the San Rafael nonprofit known as WildCare. Anyone can become a nature guide after completing a training session. The next session will take place on August 14.

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Helping Kids Discover the Wonder of Nature

March 08, 2010 by Aaron Freifeld

You might think that 5-year-old Rosa might be hesitant to return to her teacher after sneaking off to smear gray mud all over her face and arms. Instead, she runs right up to teacher Chris Giorni with a smile on her round, blackened face….

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Petaluma’s Unique Student-Run Fish Hatchery

January 04, 2010 by Daniel McGlynn

Audio Slideshow: A senior from the United Anglers of Casa Grande High School walks us through their amazing conservation fish

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At Home Under the Log

January 01, 2010 by David Herlocker

A world awaits discovery under almost any humble log in winter, whether it’s in your backyard or deep in the woods. Lift that log and make some new discoveries. Just be sure to put that log back carefully…

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