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Views and opinions on environmental, outdoor and experiential education
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    A Proposed New Conference Model for Outdoor Education

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    I have posted here previously about my views on the current conference structure/environment in outdoor/experiential education but now I would like to propose a specific way forward in the hopes that it might get some folks talking and (just maybe) get...
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    The Science of Experiential Learning

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    A recent editorial in Nature argues for more experiential, informal curriculum for students in science classes. The editorial titled: “Learning in the Wild” makes the point that informal learning environments are often much more powerful and...
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    A Call for Better Scholarship in Graduate Outdoor Education

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    It's another year and once again my in-box is full of survey requests from well-meaning students in various outdoor education graduate programs. Over the last 10 years, I must have completed fifty of these and I am beginning to wonder about their...
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    An Inconvenient Education: Convocation Address at Earlham College

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    Text of a talk given at Earlham College, Sept. 1st, 2010 for a convocation on an interdisciplinary approach to Climate Change. INTRODUCTION In the few minutes I have, I’d like to speak a bit about the role education plays in the climate change debate...
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    Future Trends in Outdoor Education

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    As we turn the corner away from the 00’s or the “aughts” or whatever historians will choose to call the last decade, it’s worth taking a moment to look ahead toward future trends and issues that will affect things in the outdoor...
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    Teaching is Listening, Learning is Talking

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    Teaching is listening, learning is talking. This wonderful rule of thumb, from the educator and writer, Deborah Meier , reminds us that real learning comes, in large part, from being actively involved in the educational moment. Experiential educators...
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    Why you should care about "twittering"

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    Twitter? Tweeting? Twibes? Come on, you say, isn't all that stuff ridiculous? No, it isn't. Used in certain ways, twittering is an amazing tool that allows you to "map the discourse" of any particular topic or field that you may be interested...
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    Is "Smart" the new "Green"?

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    Watching and listening to "the discourse" on environmentalism in the popular press has been fascinating over the last five years. The sheer number of descriptors used to try to "brand" environmentalism for the 21st century seem to...
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    Education, Climate Change, and Obama's Failure of Imagination

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    OK, so we get it...don't we? Climate change is human-induced and the increasing amounts of greenhouse gases we are putting into the atmosphere have a direct effect on global temperatures. This has serious and long term consequences for all life on...
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    Race, class, climate change, and outdoor education

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    A recent post on climate change and race ( http://tinyurl.com/b6fzp7 ) brings up an issue that really needs to be on the forefront of outdoor and environmental education moving forward. It is becoming increasingly clear that climate change will become...
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    Is Wilderness a Useful Environmental Ideal Anymore?

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    I recently came across Brian Merchant’s blog about 7 classic American “Green” works of literature here: http://planetgreen.discovery.com/work-connect/read-american-environmental-classics.html . In the list: Walden by HD Thoreau, Silent...
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    Together in 2012: Why we need an association merger in Outdoor/Experiential Education

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    I wrote last year about my hopes for a mega-conference that would combine AEE (Assoc. for Experiential Education), AORE (Association of Outdoors Recreation and Education), and WRM (Wilderness Risk Managers Conference). Each conference is held at approximately...
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    Worse Case Scenarios: The Economic Crisis and Outdoor Education

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    I was watching Jim Cramer of "Mad Money" on CNBC last night and his analysis of the economic crisis was striking. He said that we ought to be prepared for 2-4 years of severe recession with high unemployment and significant reductions in flexible...
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    Jumping the Railing: Is Outdoor Education Losing Its Sense Of Adventure?

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    I recently returned from leading a semester program to New Zealand for college students interested in environmental studies. As part of the semester, we travelled with a guide to Arthur's Pass National Park on the South Island to learn more about...
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    Final Thoughts from AORE

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    Due to daylight savings, I am up before I need to be and thought I would post one last time before I head out of town... I am left with several impressions from this years AORE conference. 1. The growing "green" or environmental trend. The field...
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    The Future of Outdoor Education- Report from AORE Day 3

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    Today at AORE was action packed with great sessions and one of the best keynote speeches I have had the opportunity to hear at any conference. Bob Ratcliff, Division Chief for the BLM's National Recreation and Visitor Services Program, gave a compelling...
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    Greening AORE- Blog Report from Day 2

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    I failed to mention last post that AORE stands for the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education. Today was the official kick off day for the main conference and it has been tremendous to see the attendance, quality of workshops, and overall organization...
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    Blogging from AORE

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    Following Rick Curtis' lead, I though I would blog from the AORE conference currently being held in Asheville, NC. The conference this year is very well attended and the organizers ought to be commended for really improving the quality and overall...
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    Can't We All Just Get Along?

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    It is conference season and once again I find myself in that impossible position of wanting to be in three places at the same time. AORE (the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education) will be in Asheville, NC this November. AEE (the Assoc. for...
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    How the Mountains Teach Democracy

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    Two stories recently struck me. One was a bit on NPR about a school administrator who decided to ban "tag" from the playground because it was causing too much conflict amongst classmates. Students will now be allowed to "run around"...
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    Last Child In the Woods?

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    Richard Louv's provocative new book discusses what he calls "Nature Deficit Disorder"- a non-medical term that indicates the decline in outdoor play amongst the current generation of kids. From the jacket cover: the amount of space kids...
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    Industrial Strength Recreation? Greening Outdoor Education

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    A few years ago, I attended the ICORE conference in Salt Lake City where I heard a presenter describe the dramatic increase in usage of wilderness areas in the U.S. as "Industrial Strength" recreation. At the time, there was an interesting debate...
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