Getting outside all around the West


The following sidebar articles accompany this article, in a special issue about outdoor recreation:

- New life springs from tainted soil at a Denver school

- The best guide knows how to let go

- An unsung army of students maintains our national parks

- Acting for the environment

- The big dogs: Outward Bound and NOLS hit their thirties

If we tried to cover all the programs out there, it would consume the entire issue. So we've settled on a sampling of programs throughout the West and a list of state and national contacts. To get connected locally, your best bet is to check with nearby resource agencies such as the Forest Service or environmental groups, museums, aviaries, botanical gardens, schools or universities.


Teachers and agency employees who want to get more involved in environmental education can contact the Intermountain Environmental Education Training Team. It offers weeklong summer training camps in Idaho, Wyoming, Utah and Nevada. Started in 1975 by the Forest Service and now run by a professor at Boise State University, the camps introduce project ideas and help hone teaching skills. Each of eight annual workshops can accommodate 50 people. The cost is $225 and scholarships are available. Contact Richard McCloskey, Boise State University, Department of Biology, 1910 University Dr., Boise, ID 83725 (208/385-3490).


A quarter century ago, Sierra Club members looked around their meeting tables and saw a sea of white faces. That's when the nonprofit group started Inner City Outings (ICO), a volunteer-run program that takes mostly minority urban youth on nature outings. Last year, 42 groups ran 900 trips for 12,000 participants nationwide, says program director Debra Asher. That includes children and adults from such Western cities as Tucson, Portland and Seattle. The excursions range from local day trips to far-flung adventures such as backpacking, whitewater rafting or sailing. For many participants, it's a series of firsts - the first eagle, waterfall or redwood tree they've ever seen. Has it helped expand the environmental movement? "Many of these kids still don't know about Sierra Club, but they know ICO," says Asher. "It's a small thing in a big messy world." Contact ICO, Sierra club, 730 Polk St., San Francisco, CA 94109 (415/776-2211).


NatureLink may be the perfect outdoor education program for Homer and Marge Simpson and the kids. Each year, this National Wildlife Federation program takes thousands of families to campsites for a weekend of fishing, canoeing or wildflower identifying. Preparation is effective but almost slapstick: Before taking a crack at the real thing, hundreds of first-timers line up in a field casting toward imaginary fish. At the end of the weekend, participants make an "earth pledge' - a personal action promise to help out their local environment. Sponsored by card company American Greetings and camera company Canon U.S.A., the program pairs volunteer mentors with families. This year, organizations in Boise, Seattle, and 12 other cities hosted programs. Fees for the weekend average $100 per adult and $50 for children. Scholarships are available. Contact National Wildlife Federation, Outdoor Ethics, 8925 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA 22184-0001 (800/822-9919).


Teachers who attend Project WET, Project WILD, Project Learning Tree and Project WILD Aquatic seminars will know how to engage their students in exercises about water, wildlife, forests and water dwellers. Those four programs, all loosely adminstered by a consortium of 13 Western states called the Western Regional Environmental Education Council (WREEC), are probably the most widely used environmental education programs in the country, reaching thousands of public school kids each year. "They are hands-on activities that really engage kids," says Dennis Nelson, national director of Project WET. Project WET, for example, focuses on water and combines more than 90 activities with background information for the teachers. Students map an imaginary watershed, learn about waterborne diseases in an activity called "No Bellyachers' or learn how different cultures celebrate water by making an African rain stick. The materials are free to any teacher who attends a training seminar. The programs work in cooperation with the education and natural resource departments in each state and are sponsored by business and nonprofit organzations. For more information contact Project WET, 406/994-5392; Project WILD, 301/493-5447 or Project Learning Tree, 202/463-2468.


Half a century ago, a small group of Arizonans fought to keep the roadrunner from being classified a predator, which would have made it fair game for hunting. Federal biologists finally decided it was a migratory songbird. But naturalist William Carr decided the struggle would have been much easier if people had known more, and cared more, about the bird. So in 1952 he co-founded the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Today, the museum's 600,000 annual visitors learn about much more than roadrunners. The museum exhibits 300 species of animals and over 1,300 types of plants on its 17 acre site. One of the most popular exhibits is the hummingbird aviary: At nesting time, the birds have been known to pull nesting material from sweaters or from hairy visitors. In the museum's desert ecology program for Tucson-area fourth-graders, kids learn how saguaros, Gila woodpeckers, ants, pack rats and bats depend on each other in the Sonoran Desert. Docents visit K-12 classrooms, and educational trips and courses are offered to the general public of all ages. For more information, contact the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 N. Kinney Road, Tucson, AZ 85743-8918 (520/883-1380).


"It was time to get off the boat and do something." That's how the nonprofit Grand Canyon River Guides describes its origin in 1988. It's an association of boat guides, crews and others who have "fallen under the spell of the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River" and want to defend the place. Each year, in cooperation with the National Park Service and commercial outfitters, the group offers river- and land-based seminars to train new guides and teach about the area's geology, archaeology and wildlife. The goal is to produce expert guides who can also educate guests about the spectacular country they're boating through. The nonprofit publishes an excellent newsletter, Boatman's Quarterly Review, and collects oral histories and other memorabilia from early days on the river. Contact Grand Canyon River Guides, P.O. Box 1934, Flagstaff, AZ 86002-1934 (520/773-1075).


One of the oldest college-level outdoor education programs in the country is the Sierra Institute, part of the extension program at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Its students don't enter a classroom for an entire academic quarter, says director Ed Grumbine. Instead, they backpack through places like the Sierra Nevadas or the Colorado Plateau, lugging along books, papers, journals and plant keys. Classes from five to eight weeks in length emphasize group problem-solving. Students from anywhere are eligible; tuition ranges from $660 to $1,175 for 10-15 units of college credit. Lecturers at the nonprofit include director Grumbine and ethnobotanist Gary Paul Nabhan. Contact the Sierra Institute, UCSC Extension, 740 Front St., Suite 155, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (408/427-6618).


Those confined to a wheelchair aren't barred from wilderness - far from it. The Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center, founded 20 years ago, offers classes in skiing, river rafting and high and low rope challenges for people with disabilities. The center is in the midst of a growth spurt; its students logged 1,300 participant days in 1990 and more than 5,000 in 1994. It now reaches beyond programs for the disabled, offering backpacking trips for inner city youth and teamwork training for professionals. Although most classes are arranged through disability institutions, some programs are open to the general public. Costs average $80 per day with scholarships available. Contact BOEC, P.O. Box 697, Breckenridge, CO 80424 (970/453-6422).


Toting guidebooks to native plants of the Colorado Plateau, students on a hike at the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center learn that the Navajos choose mountain mahogany when they build sweathouses. Later, students might participate in an archaeological excavation, grind corn with a mano and metate, or tour nearby Mesa Verde National Park. Founded in 1968, the nonprofit Crow Canyon now employs 50 people and has grown into a nationally recognized research and education center for southwestern archaeology. It offers scholarships for Native Americans, who make up one-fifth of the center's students. Some 4,000 adults, kids and educators visit Crow Canyon each year for programs ranging from day trips to month-long schools. Costs range from $20 to $91 per day. Contact Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, 23390 Road K, Cortez, CO 81321 (800/422-8975 or 970/565-8975).


What happens when you yank bored teenagers out of a suburban high school and drop them on the Colorado Plateau for a month of wilderness adventure and community service? Miracles, say parents of former Deer Hill students. Each trip, whether it centers around backpacking, river rafting, rock climbing or mountaineering, also includes several days of community service. That means students may work with the Forest Service to rebuild footbridges, trails or historic cabins; on other trips, they might work with Navajo families to repair irrigation ditches, build farm sheds or set corral posts. Like Outward Bound, Deer Hill emphasizes personal growth and teamwork as much as the skills themselves. "The opportunity to find total acceptance with a peer group was really special "" writes one Florida mother of her two daughters' experience. "The (Navajo) sweat lodge tapped a spiritual quality in both girls." Priced at $3,000 to $4,000 for month-long adventures, Deer Hill's awakenings require a healthy bank account. Contact Deer Hill, P.O. Box 180, Mancos, CO 81328 (970/533-7492).


It's one thing to listen to a lecture about how Western mountains were submerged underneath the sea 350 million years ago; it's quite another to examine coral fossils at the 12,600-foot summit of Borah Peak, Idaho's tallest mountain. "It really blows people away," says Chris Gertschen, director of the Sawtooth Science Institute in Sun Valley, Idaho. Founded six years ago, the institute offers natural history workshops - on subjects ranging from birds of prey to the ice ages - in the Salmon River country of central Idaho. Nearly all the participants are public school teachers, says Gertschen. The institute also offers a four-day workshop on biodiversity and local conservation issues for rural Idaho teachers. Courses are taught by staff from the institute and its affiliate, the Idaho Museum of Natural History, and stipends and credit are available through Idaho State University. The regular workshops cost $30 per day. For more information, contact the Sawtooth Science Institute, P.O. Box 2167, Sun Valley, ID 83353 (208/788-9686).


If you're visiting Glacier National Park in northern Montana this summer, you might take a class through the Glacier Institute to learn about the park's grizzlies, geology or the culture and traditions of the nearby Blackfeet Indians. The 14-year-old nonprofit has two facilities - one inside and one outside the park - and offers a mix of adult seminars and youth science camps. Co-founder Lex Blood aims to teach the concepts of sustainability and ecosystem management. In the institute's program guide, he warns that "the fate of humanity - or the rest of life on earth - is unknown, as we conduct radical, uncontrolled experiments with our life support systems." Blood promotes decision-making by consensus, and the institute organized a residents' workshop last year to discuss management of a local ecosystem. Courses range from roughly $40 for day classes to $325 for some summer camps. Academic credit can be arranged through the Flathead Valley Community College and the University of Montana for some courses. Contact the Glacier Institute, P.O. Box 7457, Kalispell, MT 59904 (406/755-1211).


Nearly 10 years old, the personalized trip-planning company, Off the Beaten Path, offers small-group adventures such as forays into Canyonlands National Park in Utah, tours of Yellowstone's endangered wildlife or a guided search for grizzly and black bears in Glacier National Park. Costs range from $700 to more than $3,000 for one- to two week trips with far cushier accommodations than field tents. "There's a real hunger for people to experience the West," says trip leader Peg Abbott. "They might come out to see bears and wolves, but you hope they leave thinking about the New World mine." For more information, contact Off the Beaten Path, 109 E. Main St., Bozeman, MT 59715 (406/586-1311).


When Bob Crabtree needed more time and money to complete his coyote research in Yellowstone National Park, he devised a crafty solution. In 1993, he formed the nonprofit Yellowstone Ecosystem Studies to link volunteer graduate students and wilderness enthusiasts with research projects such as his own. Participants pay $1,145 to spend eight days assisting scientists who might be observing grizzly behavior or monitoring acid rain in the alpine lakes of the Beartooth Mountains. When asked whether non-scientists can conduct quality research, Crabtree replies, "You don't ask someone without training in wildlife biology to do something that is beyond them." Contact YES at P.O. Box 6640, Bozeman, MT 59771 (406/587-7758).


The Bridger Outdoor Science School was started by three women outdoor educators who had young children. "We asked ourselves, "How come no one else is doing this?" " says co-founder Martha Collins. "So we started a summer camp." The school offers four- to five-day summer courses in the Gallatin Valley for K-6 kids. The school emphasizes hands-on learning situations, such as an air ballet where kids act out the air exchange between plants and animals. The summer camps have names like Eco-Sleuths, Rock Jocks and Trackless Trekking, while adult seminars and family classes focus on subjects ranging from wildflowers and photography to the animals of Yellowstone. "We live in this great place," says Collins. "But it's amazing that a lot of kids in Bozeman don't get out into the wilderness. They do sports." Still on a shoestring budget, summer camps range from $90 to $135 while the adult and family classes average about $35 per day. Contact the Bridger Outdoor Science School, 9443 Cottonwood Road, Bozeman, MT 59715 (406/585-0282 or 406/587-6167).


The Flathead Lake Biological Station, founded in 1899, is not a program for dilettantes. Current research projects include studies on the effects of freshwater ecology microorganisms of the Kootenai River and the limnology of Flathead Lake. In addition to ongoing research, the station offers college- and graduate-level biology courses; formal courses in subjects like lake ecology, animal behavior and aquatic insects are offered for credit through the University of Montana. Tuition is about $1,800 per semester for residents and $3,600 for nonresidents. The station also hosts seminars and extension courses for the general public. Contact Flathead Lake Biological Station, the University of Montana, 311 Bio Station Lane, Polson, MT 59860-9659 (406/982-3301).


Although revenues raised from state trust lands typically fund public schools, the land itself is rarely used for education. New Mexico state lands provide both. With the lessee's permission, the state lets teachers "adopt" up to 10 acres of state land to teach land restoration, archaeology, wildlife preservation, range management, soil analysis or other projects including nature observation. It gets the kids out of the classroom and onto the land where they can develop a sense of stewardship, says administrator Ed Moreno. Some 50 New Mexico teachers now use this four-year-old program, and Moreno hopes the idea will catch on in other states. For more information about Environmental Education Easements, contact the New Mexico State Land Office, 310 Old Santa Fe Trail, P.O. Box 1148, Santa Fe, NM 87504-1148 (505/827-5760).


The Rio Grande stretches more than 1,500 miles from southwestern Colorado to the Gulf of Mexico. It flows past mountains, dries up through a section of New Mexico, then courses through Big Bend National Park and into the cement canals of Mexico-U.S. border towns like Nuevo Laredo. It's one of the most polluted rivers in the nation, fouled by phosphates, nitrates, high pH levels and dangerous levels of fecal coliform. For six years, the nonprofit Project Del Rio has worked with high school students in Texas, Mexico and New Mexico to complete one of the largest mass water tests in the world (HCN, 6/13/94). The students then share their data through a bilingual computer network, study regional land uses that affect water quality and come up with a water quality profile for the river. Contact Project Del Rio, 1494 A S. Solano Dr., Las Cruces, NM 88001 (505/522-7511).


The Bureau of Land Management manages about 86 percent of Nevada, so it makes sense they'd be involved in the state's outdoor education efforts. One of the BLM's programs is based at the Red Rock Canyon National Recreation Area in the Spring Mountains just west of Las Vegas. This school year, some 4,000 children from the area's public and private schools took the canyon's Children's Discovery Trail, which follows Lost Creek through a canyon. Their teachers can prepare for the field trip by taking a six-hour course taught by the volunteer group, Friends of Red Rock Canyon. Youngsters who come to Red Rocks' interpretive center with their families can earn a junior ranger badge and a certificate by picking up a booklet and filling it out in the field. The booklet requires them to identify desert tortoises and cacti, and asks questions like "What should you take on a hike?" (water); and "What should you leave behind?" (boom boxes). "Kids love it," says interpretive specialist Chris Miller. Contact Chris Miller, Red Rocks National Recreation Area, HCR 33, P.O. Box 5500, Las Vegas, NV 89124 (702/363-1922).


Each year, some 100 students in Western Oregon become staff members at the nonprofit Coastal Studies and Technology Center. The project places kids from schools in Seaside, Warrenton and Astoria with various resource agencies or private companies where they do real work, such as stream restoration or wetlands mapping. In one project, ninth-graders took digital photos of houses along the seashore. From those, they calculated the volume of the houses, mapped them on the computer and presented the data to a state agency so they could determine what a monster wave would do to houses on shore. Although the "staffers' aren't paid, the experience often leads to summer jobs with host agencies or companies. President Clinton recently commended the center for its use of science and math education to solve community problems. The center's aim, says special projects coordinator Neal Maine, is "for students to learn how to be citizens, rather than just warehousing them in public schools for 12 years." Contact Coastal Studies and Technology Center, Seaside Public Schools, 1901 N. Holladay Dr., Seaside, OR 97138 (503/738-5586).


Over the trillings of a meadowlark, visitors to the Ogden Nature Center might also hear the raucous sounds of a backhoe digging a new pond. A group of nature enthusiasts leased the 127-acre overgrazed plot from the city of Ogden, Utah, in 1975, and now some 10,000 tree plantings and two decades of wetlands creation have transformed it into a wildlife sanctuary and environmental education center visited by more than 25,000 people each year. "We are located between the Internal Revenue Service and the Ogden Defense Depot on what is certainly an urban site," says education coordinator Alicia Reid. "We provide an oasis both for people and wildlife in a stressful world." The center provides hands-on field classes for 12,000 school children. Topics change with the seasons: In September, it's field ecology; in January, it's tracking animals by snowshoe. The center is open to the public; a scholarship program provides funds for kids who can't afford to travel. Contact Ogden Nature Center, 966 W. 12th St., Ogden, UT 84404 (801/621-7595).


Started in 1984 by Robin Wilson and Karla Vanderzanden, who wanted to learn more about the wild lands surrounding Moab, Utah, the nonprofit Canyonlands Field Institute combines river recreation with education. A licensed outfitter on the Green, Dolores, San Juan and Colorado rivers, CFI has shifted its emphasis from adult programs to programs for youth and people the institute calls "adult influencers' - activists, commercial guides, writers and future outdoor educators. "It's the ripple effect," says director Vanderzanden. "We're teaching them to teach." CFI also offers a new one-year graduate training program in environmental education accredited through Utah State University. The graduate program, which costs $10,000, prepares students for careers in education, natural resource and recreation management and the tourism or outfitting industries. Summer camps for kids and families average $100 a day. Some scholarships are available. More than half of CFI's budget comes from tuition; the rest comes from individual and corporate grants such as a recent gift from NIKE. Contact CFI, P.O. Box 68, Moab, UT 84532 (801/259-7750).


Janet Ross, director of the Four Corners School, is downright feisty when she talks about the need for wilderness advocacy for the Colorado Plateau. The school offers week-long "ed-ventures' - river trips, archaeological surveys and canyoneering - for the general public, but stands out for its partnership with the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, the Utah-based environmental group pushing for 5.7 million acres of wilderness. The school began offering scholarships to SUWA members in 1989 for its wilderness advocacy programs. Participants are selected for their ability to reach a large number of people with a pro-wilderness message, and college credit is available through Prescott College, Mankato State University and Ft. Lewis College. The "ed-ventures' average $100 per day and range from weekend to weeklong trips. Contact Four Corners School, P.O. Box 1029, Monticello, UT 84535 (801/587-2156 or 800/525-4456).


When tracker Tom Brown Jr. saw 10-year-old Jon Young standing on a New Jersey street corner, holding a snapping turtle on a string, he knew he'd found his first student. After seven years of mentoring, Young became an instructor at Brown's tracking school and then founded Wilderness Awareness School (WAS) in 1983. By teaching students to be more aware of their environment through native tracking skills, WAS is battling something it calls "alienitis' - lack of knowledge, appreciation and care for the natural world. It often gives an "alien test" to prospective students that asks simple questions like "Name 10 common plants in your area." Most people, even leaders of environmental groups, fail miserably. The school offers evening to week-long classes, ranging from $50 to $500. Some 1,000 students took WAS courses last year. Contact Wilderness Awareness School, 16625 Redmond Way, Suite M-447, Redmond, WA 98052 (800/340-6068).


The North Cascades Institute combines cultural and natural history. The 10-year-old nonprofit offers more than 70 one- to five-day field seminars for adults and Elderhostels. In a natural classroom that extends throughout the North Cascades, participants can study mushroom ecology, make Lummi (Indian) baskets, take a natural history tour by kayak or learn how to keep a naturalist's journal. The institute's watershed education program - funded in part by Weyerhaeuser, the timber giant, and Target Inc. - teaches fourth-graders about their watershed and what makes a healthy stream. Some classrooms conclude the course with a student-led stream restoration project. College credit is available for the adult seminars through a partnership program with Western Washington University. Contact North Cascades Institute, 2105 Highway 20, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284 (360/856-5700).


The venerable Teton Science School, now 29, is housed in an old dude ranch on the eastern edge of Grand Teton National Park. It models its teaching after the work of Olaus and Adolph Murie, naturalists famous for their artwork as well as their science. Classes are taught on campus - in this case Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks - as well as the Bridger-Teton National Forest. The school's specialty is its natural science field courses for elementary through high school kids, but it also offers teacher workshops, Elderhostel programs and adult seminars, plus outreach programs to nearby public schools. Roughly half the students live in the Greater Yellowstone area and another 30 percent hail from the Intermountain West. The school also trains future educators in a one-year residency program for graduate students in environmental education: "We're trying to raise a crop of environmental educators that are Western-trained," says director Jack Shea. Programs are year-round and cost $50 to $90 per day. Contact Teton Science School, P.O. Box 68, Kelly, WY 83011 (307/733-4765).


Fire, ice, fossils, mountain men ' Wonders of the nation's oldest national park enthrall some 800 participants each year in "nature study vacations' offered by the Yellowstone Institute. Groups of 10 to 15 explore the backcountry on horseback or photograph snowscapes in the dead of winter. The institute was formed in 1976 by the Yellowstone Association for Natural Science, History and Education Inc., to expand the nonprofit's educational role. Roughly half of some 80 courses offered take place at Buffalo Ranch in the park's wildlife-packed Lamar Valley, nicknamed the "Serengeti of North America." Contact the Yellowstone Institute, P.O. Box 117, Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190 (307/344-2294).


Learn to build an energy-efficient straw-bale house, take a crash course in ranching history or study the works of H.D. Thoreau, John Muir, Aldo Leopold or Rachel Carson. Those are are all three- to five-day courses offered through the Snake River Institute in Wilson, Wyo. Founded in 1988, the institute focuses on the whole West, not just the natural world; it's courses are well-suited for those interested in the arts, humanities and Western culture. The institute also offers summer programs for kids and will sponsor a conference titled Community: A Gathering of Western Citizens in Jackson, Wyo., Oct. 10-12. The idea is "to bring the discussion of Western issues from an academic level to a grassroots level" in order to effect positive change in local communities. Cost for summer programs ranges from $195 to $930; scholarships are available. Contact Snake River Institute, P.O. Box 128, Wilson, WY 83014 (307/733-2214) or e-mail, [email protected] com.


At the Audubon Ecology Workshop in the Rockies, retirees, teachers, professionals and budding activists can choose between hiking, fishing, canoeing and communing with bighorn sheep, moose, mink, beaver, otter and eagles during the week-long jaunt into Wyoming's Wind River Range. In evening classes on evolution and wildlife biology and informal discussions, participants explore human impacts on the environment. Contact Audubon Ecology Workshops, in the Rockies, P.O. Box 617, Dubois, WY 82513 (307/455-2457).

* Center for Environmental Education, 400 Columbus Ave., Valhalla, NY 10595 (914/747-8200). A nonprofit library providing environmental resources and curricula. Patrons may borrow materials through the mail for up to four weeks; searches by staff cost $25.

* Three Circles Center for Multicultural Environmental Education, P.O. Box 1946, Sausalito, CA 94965 (415/331-4540). E-mail: [email protected]

* Association for Experiential Education, 2885 Aurora Ave., Suite 28, Boulder, CO 80303-2252 (303/440-8844).

* North American Association for Environmental Education, 1255 23rd St., NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20037-1199 (202/884-8912).

* 1996-97 Rocky Mountain Environmental Directory. A soft-cover directory of citizen groups, government agencies and others concerned with environmental education and advocacy in Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Utah and Wyoming. Send $22.50 to Environmental Directory Project, 8850 O'Brien Creek Road, Missoula, MT 59801 (406/543-3359).

* The Volunteer Monitor. The national newsletter of volunteer water-quality monitoring. Subscriptions are free. Contact Eleanor Ely, editor, 1318 Masonic Ave., San Francisco, CA 94117 (415/255-8049).

* CLEARING Magazine. A bimonthly magazine with thought pieces on environmental education, profiles of outstanding programs and reviews of books and teaching materials. For a sample copy, send $1 to CLEARING, c/o Larry Beutler, P.O. Box 5176, Oregon City, OR 97045 (503/656-0155). E-mail: [email protected]

* Earthkeepers by Steve Van Matre and Bruce Johnson. An explanation of the Earthkeepers program, a school program to teach students to live in harmony with the natural world. The Institute for Earth Education, Cedar Cove, Greenville, WV 24945 (304/832-6404). 108 pages, 1983. $12.95, paperback.

* Blueprint for a Green School by Jayni Chase. This manual outlines how to incorporate environmental lessons on school grounds. Center for Environmental Education, 400 Columbus Ave., Valhalla, NY 10595 (914/747-8200). 670 pages, 1995. $29.95.

* The Geography of Childhood: Why Children Need Wild Places by Gary Paul Nabhan and Stephen Trimble. A collection of moving photographs and eight essays that discuss how children relate to nature and why we often lose that connection as adults (HCN, 8/18/94). Beacon Press, 25 Beacon St., Boston, MA 02108 (617/742-2110). 184 pages, 1993. $12, paperback.

* Greening the College Curriculum, edited by Jonathan Collett and Stephen Karakashian. Island Press, Box 7, Dept. 2PR, Covelo, CA 95428 (800/828-1302). 320 pages, 1996. $22, paperback.

* Earth In Mind: On Education, Environment and the Human Prospect, by David W. Orr. Island Press, Box 7, Dept. 2PR, Covelo, CA 95428 (800/828-1302). 224 pages, 1994. $16.95, paperback. n

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