Category Archives: Learning

Earth’s Wildlife Vanishing

The earth’s wildlife is vanishing. According to the World Wildlife Fund’s Living Planet Report, there has been a 58 percent decline in vertebrate populations between 1970 and 2012. At this rate, it could be 66 percent by 2020. Vertebrates include mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians and fish. So, what’s killing off the world’s animals at such […]

Travels with Gannon and Wyatt Authors Visiting Schools Across America!

Patti Wheeler and Keith Hemstreet visit elementary and middle schools across the country. Conducting research for this adventure series, Wheeler and Hemstreet have traveled to the far corners of the globe. During school visits, the authors tell captivating stories, discuss the writing process, read an excerpt from one of the books, show photos and video from around the world, and explain to students the importance of reading and writing.

I Am the Hummingbird

Wangari Maathai was a great champion of human rights and environmental conservation. She founded the Green Belt Movement, which helped replant tens of millions of trees in Kenya, and started the Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies at the University of Nairobi. In 2004, she became the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. She passed away in […]

Journal Entry: Grizzly Trek, Great Bear Rainforest

The following journal entry was written by Keith Hemstreet during a 2009 research trip in the Great Bear Rainforest. September 2, En Route to Gribbell Island Woke early and prepared my equipment for today’s grizzly trek.  Got dressed, went upstairs and stepped outside into total darkness. Looked at the clock in the mess hall.  It read 4:35 AM.  Turns out I […]

The Words of Rachel Carson, Environmentalist

With the publication of Silent Spring in 1962, author Rachel Carson raised important questions about the impact that human beings have on nature. The book was widely read and made Ms. Carson an internationally recognized advocate for the environment. On a recent walk along Rio Grande Trail in Aspen, Colorado, I came upon a rock embedded on a hillside […]

A Voice for Mother Nature

Browse the weekly news and you are certain to come across articles on topics such as climate change, air pollution, oil spills, melting ice caps, sea level rise, acidification of oceans, and deforestation. Scientists almost unanimously agree, the earth’s climate is changing and our actions are contributing to this change. In their latest ad campaign, the non-profit organization […]

10 Totally Awesome Quotes about Forests

I love reading great quotes on all sorts of topics. The exercise can be inspiring and really make you think. Truth is, a simple quote can have an immeasurable impact on your life. A quote can become a motto for living, helping steer you down a noble and righteous path. Find your own favorite quotes. […]

10 Totally Awesome Quotes About Nature

We always encourage our readers to get outside and explore. Doesn’t matter if you’re trekking through a National Park or your own back yard, there is so much to be gained by simply going outdoors. Here’s another suggestion: On your next exploration, take a journal and pen and write down what you see. Make notes of the sights, sounds, and scents […]

Incredible Images of Calving Glaciers

National Geographic Photographer, James Balog, loves ice. In fact, the landscape in these frigid regions of the world so inspired him that he started The Extreme Ice Survey, a photography project that captures the dramatic movement of some of the earth’s largest glaciers. Over the past several years, Balog has set up 28 cameras overlooking 13 glaciers around the world. Each […]

Explorer Profile: Roald Amundsen

Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen had a deep love for the earth’s most frigid places. Considered one of the greatest polar explorers to ever live, Amundsen was the first to sail the Arctic’s Northwest Passage, but it was his expedition to the South Pole in 1911 that brought him worldwide fame. Before traveling to Antarctica, Amundsen had […]