In 2011, a study reported 54% of U.S. children had a chronic disease, with obesity being prevalent. Wendy began offering the simple remedy of after-school tech-free walking clubs (a.k.a. kids netwalking). Weekly walking adventures to local parks and trails got kids active, brought them closer to nature and expanded their circle of friends. Spring break "Story Walking" combined nature-inspired storytelling with the discovery of new hiking trails.
As Wendy watched the magic unfold, she saw these kids become happier, healthier and more engaged at school. These experiences inspired Wendy to create Story Walking Nature Detective learning activities, which incorporated the use of Wild Plant Magic Cards.
When the pandemic suspended in-person learning and restricted the gathering of children for walking adventures (2020), Wendy had already launched the Story Walking Radio Hour, with the intent of sharing the magic with a broader audience. The internet-based show extended the reach of Story Walking with a unique blend of online storytelling, environmental education and outdoor experiential learning.
The stories, podcasts and learning resources are created for kids, families and teachers to use. The intent is to inspire everyone to get outdoors in search of Nature's magic. This is also an opportunity to meet creative thinkers in green and blue careers, and hear stories about how they are making a positive difference in our crazy world. Wendy is eager to share her stories and theirs, along with instruction, materials and best practices.
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Early during of his sophomore year of high school, I took my son, Neil, on a weekend adventure to Chicago to visit Grandpa Ferd and Grandma Ellie. As we walked through the airport toward the Baggage area, I switched my cell phone out of "airplane" mode, dialed the limousine service number Grandma had given me (847-852-0007), and asked for Yury. A thickly accented male voice directed me to look for limousine number “double-0 seven” outside of the terminal building. 007?
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Wendy Nadherny Fachon speaks with Green Teacher host, Ian Shanahan, about Food Forest Gardening. What is a food forest? How can teachers present an ecosystems approach to gardening for impactful learning? How might teachers integrate corporative learning opportunities enrich the process? Wendy has her own food forest garden, and she sees great potential for food forest gardening in environmental education. She also shares her insights about nature drawing as a powerful pedagogical tool and tells a story about a serendipitous discovery of Red Mulberry trees.
The Story Walking Radio Hour is an Environmental Education program airing on syndicated Dreamvisions 7 Radio Network (D7RN), every Monday at 9am and 9pm ET.
It is listed under the "Sustainable Living" tab of the network website. D7RN seeks more environmentally-focused hosts to help raise consciousness. Learn more at https://dreamvisions7radio.com/about-us/
If you would like to be a Guest or Sponsor with the Story Walking Radio Hour, call or text Wendy at 401 529-6830.
Wendy also shares her love of Story Walking through her WALKING JOURNAL pages. Collaborating with schools, teachers, environmental educators, and local businesses she has created and facilitated programs for urban, woodland and salt marsh ecological science. When the pandemic disrupted in-person learning, she led the development of the virtual Nature Drawing habitat learning series for The Empowerment Factory and helped facilitate the teacher training.
Wendy writes articles about kids health, outdoor learning and sustainable living for Natural Awakenings magazine and the Dreamvisions7Radio Network's Sustainable Living News column and has published work in Green Teacher magazine. As an environmental arts educator, she helps create and teach Nature Drawing curriculum for The Empowerment Factory, based in Pawtucket, RI. She is also a permaculture gardener and an Abundance Ambassador for Food Forest Abundance.
During the teen years, kids spend more time away from home, joining after-school clubs and sports teams, trying out different interests, seeking greater meaning for their lives and looking for ways to contribute their time and skills in order to make the world a better place. In 2017, Wendy lost her son, Neil, 20. At 20 years of age, he had so many plans, which were cut short by brain cancer. Through her grieving process, Wendy began sorting through the memorabilia he had accumulated in the boxes, drawers and book shelves of his bedroom - artwork, notepads, notebooks, journals, personal letters and magic notes. The Difference Maker eBook emerged from this process. This collection of stories is inspired by Neil and written for the teenage soul.
More recently, Wendy published her own story of love and loss with nine other authors in Volume Two of Shining a Light on Grief. She incorporates a couple wonderful story walking experiences in her story.
Through the Dreamvisions 7 Radio Network platform, Wendy continues to share story walks, environmental learning, online educational resources and interviews with professionals from the green sector who are implementing brilliant ideas for creating a healthier planet and happier people. She has produced over 50 podcasts, which people can access through the PODCASTS page.