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“Nature nurtures creativity.

“Here’s a beautiful book that illuminates the crossroads of nature and art”

It’s a wonderful toolkit for natural teachers and natural artists everywhere.” — Richard Louv, author of “The Nature Principle” and “Last Child in the Woods”

I have had time to look over your book from cover to cover, and I absolutely love it.  It’s welcoming, inviting, opening…   It begs us to get outdoors and enjoy such experiences!  The book itself is a glorious work of art, worthy of award and recognition along the Caldecott line.  As a homeroom teacher and also outdoor educator, I love the “recipes” for intriguing projects–activities that open the spirit and encourage exploration and discovery.
My hat is off to you.

“Your book is a masterpiece”

Much admiration – Connie Weber, teacher and outdoor educator

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This delightful book with its artful layout and inspiring images offers a refreshing breeze in the other direction. It encourages art, music, poetry and creativity as ways to open children’s imaginations to the infinite possibilities of nature.

More importantly, it immerses children fully in nature so that it seeps into their being through every pore, every breath of fresh air and every magical moment where a boy or girl expresses their wonder and surprise with: “Wow!”

There is a no more formative age for instilling a deep love of the natural world than childhood and the authors of this book know that. Use this book for inspiration and expand on its ideas to create programs of your own. The key to success here is immersion. Get the kids outdoors with a little direction and watch their imaginations explode with possibilities. – Thom Henley, author of “Rediscovery” and “As If the Earth Matters”

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“Actively Engaging Children In Nature”: — This beautiful book is a work of art. It’s full of magical photos, creative projects for children that bring together art and nature, projects that will engage a child’s sense of wonder and creativity. If you work with children, or have children of your own get this book and put it into practice. If you have wondered how to turn off the TV and spend time with your kids, as well as connect them to Nature, this book will tell you how. Now, more than ever, we need people like author Marghanita Hughes and her book, “Actively Engaging Children In Nature”. Our future depends on reconnecting ourselves and our children to nature. Kudos to Marghanita! Thank you, dear M. for all you are doing for the children. I LOVE you!!! Robin ♥ - Robin Easton, author of “Naked in Eden”

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As I finished reading ‘Actively Engaging Children in Nature’, the sun is streaming through our window and a gentle breeze blows the autumn leaves in the forest behind our house.
 I truly enjoyed the experience of your book. Every child should have a chance to be amongst nature celebrating and creating with natural art materials.
 A few notes I made as I was reading through -
  • simple, clear ideas
  • beautiful pictures capturing the children’s pure joy of being outside in their environment
  • inexpensive tools, many found right in nature
  • great lists of what you need to gather
  • great resource for educators and parents of children four years and up
  • I really enjoyed all of the quotes

- Stomping In the Mud – Outdoor Playgroup Leader

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Love your new book, it’s wonderful! Great job Marghanita Hughes and Christine! This book will inspire many people to reconnect with nature. I truly recommend this book to all my friends, you will all benefit from these wonderful nature base art activities with your children.Especially all my friends who are teaches and ECE. Lilianne has participated in Marghanita Hughes nature classes for two years, and had 2 birthday parties with her. I recommend you checking it out she does workshops for teachers as well. – Carole Harrison, mother of two

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Marghanita, your book is fabulous. I love it like I love a prized work of art, only even beyond that. A useful piece of glorious art, one that enriches your life with things to do–

“Marvelous, marvelous, marvelous”