May 2
Childhood Without Trees?
TREES!!! Filmmaker wants your stories “I remember having a low-branched mulberry tree in our backyard as a child. We would throw sheets over its branches and it was instantly transformed into base camp for the neighborhood “archaeology dig” where we found shards of china that we were certain must have fallen off the wagons as the pioneers travelled west in their wagon trains. By night, it became the site of many a ghost story as we huddled close with our flashlights, wrapped in blankets to stave off the chill. Imaginations ran wild and friendships grew strong in our ‘tree tent’.…
Aug 31
Back to School!
31 Aug, 2013. 0 Comments. Early Education, K-12 Education, News. Posted By: lncigc
SCHOOL PROGRAM FINDER:  Free Resource for Teachers LNCIgc’s new School Program Finder is a one-stop shop for anyone looking for school and after-school nature-based or environmental education outreach programs, field trips and camps. The School Program Finder lists dozens of local programs and allows you to search by topic, grade level, cost and more. We encourage you to conduct your school and after-school programs outside whenever possible! If you’d like help “greening” your school grounds or connecting with nearby nature for outdoor education, please contact us – we would love to help. THREE GREAT IDEAS FOR TEACHERS You Can Get Your Students…
May 20
Retired Teacher Pilots Outdoor Adventure Clubs for Urban High School Students
20 May, 2013. 1 Comment. K-12 Education, News. Posted By: lncigc
Denny McFadden is a retired teacher whose dream was to introduce urban youth to the great outdoors.   “For many years while teaching in the Cincinnati Public School district, I facilitated annual team building canoe trips for students and fellow teachers.  During those outdoor adventures, I witnessed a number of amazing things happen among our students and staff.  Lots of kids and adults who had never paddled a canoe struggled mightily.  Some became increasingly frustrated and discouraged as they tried to keep their boats upright and pointed downstream.  Eventually, however, the skills of each and every paddler improved, and as we…
Dec 13
Re-thinking the traditional playground
13 Dec, 2012. 0 Comments. Camping, Early Education, K-12 Education. Posted By: lncigc
In response to the growing body of evidence presented in Richard Louv’s Last Child in the Woods:  Saving our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder, there is wide-spread recognition that children benefit in a variety of ways from unstructured play in a natural setting – not just physically, but also in terms of cognitive development, mental health and social development. This awareness has led to the development of Nature Playscapes, intended to allow groups of children to experience the natural world, as it has been experienced by generations before them, in a safe, public setting.  In Cincinnati, we have what is…
Nov 19
Safe Routes to School Project Connects Kids to Nature
19 Nov, 2012. 0 Comments. K-12 Education, News. Posted By: lncigc
  Programs that get kids moving safely through neighborhoods are integral to healthy communities and assist in connecting kids to nearby nature.  Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a national program designed to assess conditions and facilitate in improving them so students are able to safely walk and bike to school.  The program engages community partners in the process.  Here in Cincinnati, we are fortunate that Cincinnati Public Schools has a district-wide SRTS initiative which not only gets kids moving, but also reduces transportation costs and improves neighborhoods…
Jun 27
Fifth Quarter Project a Success
27 Jun, 2009. 0 Comments. K-12 Education, News. Posted By: lncigc
Cincinnati Public Schools Fifth Quarter Program Includes EarthSmart Institute   Jim Shelton meets with Fifth Quarter Planners and CPS Parents. Jim Shelton meets with Fifth Quarter Planners and CPS Parents In an innovative program designed to stem the loss of learning that takes place during the summer for many students, Cincinnati Public Schools offered a Fifth Quarter, targeting grades K-7 at thirteen* schools. The voluntary program included enrichment opportunities intended to close the achievement gap between low-income and more economically advantaged students. A recent Johns Hopkins University study found that 65 percent of the achievement gap between poor and more advantaged…