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Children and Nature: Making Connections

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“I walked into the first college biology class prepared for quizzes, exams, flash cards and memorization. I had no idea that I was about to experience a new kind of learning… Dr. Russell imparts his understanding of nature, inspiring students to engage and contemplate nature in ways we have never been taught to do. I remember learning about  plant reproduction. He took our class on a field trip to the Early Learning Center, to look at the most beautiful sunflowers growing there. My fear of bees was turned into an absolute love and fascination for the creature…Dr. Russell always provides his students with a bigger picture that allows for holistic learning.”

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Here is a link to the book, Children and Nature click here

I admit to a bias: I think the most important thing a teacher can do is to help children appreciate nature. It is the most important thing we can do as humans, aka the species called Homo sapiens (however misleading or erroneous that appellation may be, as we as a species have about zero wisdom regarding our relation to the very planet that produced and sustains us, and as we work our hardest to destroy it, aka the very "spaceship earth" that is our one and only home).

We are too late and too far short to actually save the Earth, imo. But I advocate we keep on trying, without attachment to our efforts.

My further bias: Dr. Russell was not only the best teacher I ever had in 16 years of formal education, but was also my adviser as I worked on and got my bio degree at Adelphi University, whose motto is, "The Truth Shall Set us Free."

Check out Orion Magazine, that he started a few years after I graduated there, for many award winning nature articles and pictures. I recall one article I read there on global warming, in the late nineties, that made the first full-throated predictions, seven of them if I recall correctly, that have come to frightful fruition. click here

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