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Shannon has a M.S. in Geology, is a teacher in a Waldorf School and has background as a children's yoga teacher.

She is passionate about connecting children to themselves and to the natural world.

About Backyard Mama

Backyard Mama's mission is for every child to spend time outside every day.

The intention of this blog is to offer inspiration to do that. Take this tips and tools and use them, or contact me and I can run a program at your center.

Our programs take many forms:
* classes in your school or childcare center
* classes for camps or nature centers
* professional development through conferences and workshops
* professional development designed for your staff
* community workshops at libraries and agencies

We're always excited to design something special just for you!

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What’s Happening Wednesday

Rhode Island

There is a Maple Syrup Festival at the Tomaquag Indian Museum, Exeter RI this Saturday at 1 pm.

I joined the wonderful PlayWatch listserve this week. It’s facilitated by the Children’s Museum of Providence. Contact playwatch-request@LISTSERV.URI.EDU to subscribe.

Other then that, do check out the KidoInfo for ideas for great things to do with the children!

Best of all… spend sometime outside, playing, getting dirty, going to the beach in any weather… be creative imaginative and free!

Around the Web

Need some gardening tips? The Veggie Gardener has it all! Links to 15 great gardening blogs!

PBS discusses the importance of the creative process for children and goes on AT LENGTH about the importance of play! Play is learning!!

Even with our busy lifestyles, it’s still possible to turn to Mother Nature for a healthy, wholesome… dare I say “green” meal. Here is some food for thought!

Another obstacle to nature-play, skyrocketing park-entrance fees in CT- can we really afford to make nature unaffordable?

Ever have kids that just don’t want to go outside? Yeah, we all do. Here are some tips to get reluctant kids outdoors!

We’ve been talking about building our little tree climber a tree-house, and then I came across this post from Slow Family Online and yes, I am so inspired!

Spring is really a time of new beginnings… I have been noticing the bulbs and buds peaking out from their winter hiding places. Part of this newness means new goals. Here’s some outdoor goals from Go Explore Nature!

We’ve been making mud pies this week, have you? It’s so fun and educational also!

Back Home in My Backyard

I have been feeling a little under the weather this week… but fortunately, that’s not all that bad because the weather has been spectacular.

On Monday my son wanted to take out our little pool to splash in the water… it was only 50 degrees my friends, but he’s ready! Yesterday I let him have an early tubby time, so he got in some water play.

I worked with my under 4 year old crew of gardeners spreading composted manure and seaweed on our garden area. It was so fun to be outside in a t-shirt working in the dirt!

I DID IT! I really put in my seed order and my moose tuber (seed potato and onion sets) In a few weeks the good will arrive and then….

we’ll have to wait to May to put most stuff in the ground.

So, all you folks out there planting seeds, playing in the dirt, waiting for veggies to grow. Oh how I wish I live in a different climate zone!

I have spent a minimum of 3 hours a day this week in my backyard… so I am a very happy Backyard Mama!

See you next week and have fun outside!

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4 Responses to “What’s Happening Wednesday”

  • Suz Lipman says:

    Hi Shannon! Thanks so much for mentioning my blog post about our treehouse project. We’ve only had the treehouse a short time, and much of that has been during the rainy season, but it’s still been a wonderful way to get our family up into the woods near our house. (And it will be a great getaway for our teenage daughter.)

    Thank you also for all your wonderful and helpful links and for the inspiration you provide by working so hard in your own garden. I can’t wait to see the fruits of your labor.
    .-= Suz Lipman´s last blog ..Treehouse in the Woods =-.

  • Debi says:

    Congrats to you, my friend, for spending 3 hours a day this week in your backyard! Wow! I’m jealous! Thanks for mentioning my post on setting goals to get outdoors — I’d love to read some of yours! :)
    .-= Debi´s last blog ..5 Ways to Explore Nature With Kids in Oahu =-.

  • Hi Shannon – thanks so much for mentioning the Museum’s PlayWatch listserv (www.playwatch.org). I’m glad you’ve joined us and look forward to having you be part of the conversation!
    .-= Megan, Providence Children’s Museum´s last blog ..A total Seuss-sation! =-.

  • Shannon says:

    Hi Megan,
    The playwatch list serv is great and I am excited to be a part of the conversation!
    Thank you!

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