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Bird Notecards from MNC

Bird Notecards from MNC...

For the “Deep Questions” chapter of Mother Nature’s Child, we commissioned four paintings from artist Amelia Bethke to illustrate a story told by tracker/naturalist Jon Young. The paintings are so beautiful that we had them made into notecards! They come in packages of 8, two each of the four images. Most have now been sold, but we have ten left and are offering them for $12/pack plus $3 postage. Email us if you are interested!...
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FREE AND ALIVE: Great short

FREE AND ALIVE: Great short...

I recently had the good fortune to hear from California filmmaker John Klein, the director of FREE AND ALIVE, a wonderful short film about children learning in nature. Watch Haven, a curious toddler, as she explores the natural world with gentle support, prompts and questions from her dad. You will see how much children can understand through their own explorations! As I discovered, too, when we shot footage of preschoolers in Rock Creek Park for Mother Nature’s Child, a human child is already programmed to explore the natural world and learn through an innate...
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The New Yorker: Going Outside...

We recently got a big chuckle out of this March 28th column in The New Yorker: New Yorker Shouts & Murmurs. It’s a joke — but are human brains actually becoming more attuned to the digital world than to the earth? How are we using our senses each...
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Great Blog Recommendation

Great Blog Recommendation...

Now that we have become aware of how quickly our children are being cut off from nature, we need to find ways to motivate ourselves to help rebalance this picture. A little guidance from those parents who are finding creative ways to do this is very welcome. Recently we were introduced to a great blog by Kristen Laine who writes on AMC’s Great Kids, Great Outdoors site. Turns out that, in January, she attended the Hanover screening of Mother Nature’s Child and wrote about it — check out her post!  The mother of two, Kristen is always looking for fun ways...
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Richard Louv: Thumbs up for MNC!

Richard Louv: Thumbs up for MNC!...

We are delighted to hear from Richard Louv, who recently previewed Mother Nature’s Child and sent us this assessment: “In poetic words and images, and focused passion, ‘Mother Nature’s Child’ captures the essence of the challenge we face: the generational disconnect from the natural world and the great benefits that will come to our children, and ourselves, by giving the gift of nature.” Note that he is coming out with a new book, The Nature Principle, in...

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