05-04-20 Wild Weed Wisdom
Guest: Katrina Blair, Founder, Turtle Lake Refuge; Author, Wisdom of the Wild Weeds
Wild plants are an abundant and unrealized source of nutrition and sustenance that can provide food insecurity. Many common weeds can be cultivated to nourish our bodies and enrich our soils. Various roots, shoots, leaves, flowers and seeds can be prepared as foods in a vast number of ways that are flavorful and rich in protein, vitamins, minerals and an untold number of beneficial phytonutrients. This episode begins with story walk among wild plants.
EcoDetectives in the Weeds photo blog.
Guests: Donna Kaehler, Director for Keep Blackstone Valley Beautiful, and James Toomey, Director of Marketing, Blackstone Valley Tourism Council
As Earth Day goes digital in response to the current pandemic, we’ll be talking about impactful actions we can take to help the Earth, despite the social isolation impressed upon us. This episode begins with a story walk to investigate a crime against Nature.
EcoDetectives on the Trail photo blog.
Guest: Jayne Merner Senecal, Owner of Earth Care Farm
When we compost our food waste instead of dumping it into a landfill, we help build a system that pulls carbon out of the atmosphere and returns it to the earth where it can nurture life. This episode features a story walk through Earth Care Farm, the first and largest composting operation in Rhode Island. EcoDetectives Dig Up Some Dirt photo blog.
02-03-20 The Amazing World of Solar Energy
Guests: Dana Goodman, Solar Consultant, NEC Solar, and Tom Seiter, Homeowner
Solar energy is limitless, clean and surprisingly affordable. This episode will investigate the many ways in which sunlight sustains and energizes our world, beginning with a walk into a storied land of energy and exploring the many environmental and financial benefits of going solar.
01-06-20 What is Environmental Literacy?
Guest: Rachel Holbert, President of RIEEA
The Campaign for Environmental Literacy defines environmental literacy (EL) as “a broad understanding of how people and societies relate to each other and to natural systems, and how they might do so sustainably.” This episode begins with a walk through a marsh and suggests strategies for expanding climate literacy inside the classroom, outdoors and across societal sectors. EcoDetective on the Marsh photo blog.
Guests: Leigh Vincola, Manager at Farm Fresh Rhode Island, and Susan Murray, Market Manager and Farmer at Coastal Foodshed
How do local food systems support sustainability and preserve the environment? The majority of produce sold in New England super markets is shipped all the way from California, and that requires a lot of fossil fuel for transport. The region has established a bold plan to produce 50 percent of its food by the year 2060. We will begin with a story walk through the largest indoor farmers market. EcoShopper at the Farmers Market photo blog.
Guest: Bob Houghtaling, Director of the Eastern States Youth to Youth Conference
How does tobacco use effect on our environment, our health, our society and our young people? While cigarette smoking has come down, vaping use has risen dramatically, with serious repercussions. We will begin with a story walk by the Harborside, collecting tobacco trash that provides clues that prompt further investigation. EcoDetective at the Harborside photo blog.
10-07-19 Voyaging into an Ocean of Plastic
Guest: Captain Breezy Grenier, Founder, Eco-Elders and Scientists are Super Heroes
How is plastic litter effecting ocean waters and marine life? Plastic bottles and bags, drinking straws, cigarette butts and microplastics get carried down storm drains or down rivers and out into the ocean. We will begin with a story walk through Scalloptown Park and along the shore of Goddard Memorial State Park. EcoDetective in Scalloptown Park photo blog. EcoPirate on the Cove photo blog. EcoDetective Solves the Cryptic Triptych photo blog.
Guest: Bonnie Combs, Marketing Director, Blackstone Heritage Corridor
Clean water is one of our most important resources. It sustains our lives, our health, our economy and our natural environment. How did our rivers and oceans become so polluted with trash, chemicals and bacteria, and what are we doing about it? We will begin with a story walk back in time to consider the use of rivers during the Industrial Era. EcoDetectives on the River photo blog. EcoPirates on the Lookout for Litter photo blog. A Field Trip for Teachers photo blog.
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In addition to producing these podcasts, I write blogs, articles and curriculum related to walking and environmental literacy.
Wondrous stories about the tiniest animals spark conversations about resilience, mindfulness, conflict resolution, courage, caring and environmental literacy.
Students learn to identify Nature's clues to the protective, healing and nutritional benefits of plants. Walking field trips in the local environment enrich in-school studies.
After-school EcoDetective programs help students uncover stories in their local community. Do you need help customizing, organizing and implementing?