Enhancing knowledge is all about making new connections. Below is a very small sample of links pertaining to some of the main themes of this website. This list will be greatly expanded over time.
Connecting Children with Nature
Nature Rocks is a global initiative of The Nature Conservancy aimed at inspiring families to explore nature. I am honored to serve as the Ambassador of this amazing initiative.
The Children & Nature Network is one of the premiere organizations in the world working to deepen children’s connections with the natural world.
The Children and Nature Alliance of Canada, doing great nature connection work in the Great White North.
The Nature Kids Institute, brainchild of filmmaker Kenny Ballentine, who now devotes the bulk of his energies to connecting kids with nature.
The David Suzuki Foundation, doing terrific work not only in the environmental realm but also in the area of nature connection.
A non-profit organization closely allied with Jon Young’s 8 Shield’s institute, devoted to helping develop nature mentors—that is, people who can help others deepen their connection with nature.
Green Schoolyards America. An organization working to transform schoolyards into living ecosystems representative of local nature.
The Trust for Public Land. A wonderful organization that works to preserve, create, and protect greenspaces both in wildlands areas and in cities. Their Parks for People initiative in particular is doing great work to connect urban, underserved communities to nature. (Full disclosure: I serve on the Colorado Board of Advisors for TPL.)
Biophilic Cities. This non-profit seeks to develop a network of like-minded partners working to make cities nature-rich and healthier for humans and non-humans alike.
Education and Sustainability
A remarkable and diverse organization dedicated to “inspiring a shift to live on Earth in ways that honor the web of life, each other, and future generations.”
The Center for Ecoliteracy, based in Berkeley, California, is an outstanding organization dedicated to promoting education for sustainability.
Fritjof Capra, a physicist and systems theorist, is among the strongest proponents of ecological literacy as a key element in schooling for sustainability.
Coalition on the Public Understanding of Science (COPUS), a grassroots effort to increase public understanding of science.
Evolution and the Great Story
Through this website, the Deep Time Journey Network works to spread the application of the Epic of Evolution story in a variety of venues.
Brian Swimme, a mathematical cosmologist on the faculty of the California Institute of Integral Studies (San Francisco), has long argued for the importance communicating the Great Story. This website is the home for “Center for the Story of the Universe.”
The Understanding Evolution website, managed by the University of California Museum of Paleontology, is a terrific source for learning about the science and history of evolutionary biology.
The National Center for Science Education is the premier institution dedicated to keeping evolution teaching in the science classroom and creationism out.
This website celebrates the Great Story, from the Big Bang to the present day, featuring plenty of fascinating content for non-specialists.
Wikipedia entry on the Epic of Evolution (aka The Great Story).
Dinosaurs and Paleontology
Michael Ryan’s exceptional blog reviews the latest discoveries and news pertaining to paleontology in general, and dinosaurs in particular.
This PBS website features a variety of games and activities intended to engage preschoolers in learning about the natural sciences.
The website of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology is intended in large part for professionals, but has a number of resources for paleontology enthusiasts as well.
Tetrapod Zoology: a blog by Darren Naish about a range of evolutionary topics, with a focus on dinosaurs.
Laelaps: a blog by Brian Switek on paleontology, evolution, and science.