World Water Day:
Our Green Elk Rapids Day's theme this year is WATER. Click here to read a letter from Jim Olson, President and Founder of FLOW (For the Love Of Water).
World Water Day (PDF)
"Let us ask ourselves today, on World Water Day – led by the United Nations, Watershed Movement, and the Vatican, with the assistance of organizations like Circle of Blue and the World Economic Forum, and many others – just what is the value of water and life? How will we face the world water crisis worsened by greenhouse gases and climate changes? " .... from Jim Olson, President and Founder of FLOW. To read more click here
The Wisdom of Water
THE WISDOM OF WATER: Reflections of an Outdoor Educator
A few years back I worked as a surf instructor, ocean lifeguard, and marine science teacher at YMCA Camp Surf in San Diego. It was a brief stint, just the spring season of March through May. But it was enough to make a big impact on me. Located on the south end of Silver Strand, San Diego, Camp Surf is a haven for students and staff alike. When you exit the streets of Imperial Beach and enter the gates of YMCA Camp Surf, you feel something wonderful happen to your body, mind, and spirit. On this camp’s property — the marsh, the dunes, the beach, the ocean — I have fond memories of teaching 12-year-olds about the water cycle by building sand castles on the beach and flooding them with buckets of water, or introducing them to the marine ecosystem flora by instructing them to find the biggest piece of kelp they could find and wrap it around their classmates’ shoulders like a feather boa. As instructors, we worked hard to give our students a safe, engaging and unforgettable ocean experience. Here’s a secret of the trade: it’s pretty hard to mess up a positive ocean experience. Just set up rules […] Read more
Upcoming Events: Green ER to host "Before the Flood" at ER Cinema.
“The future will belong to the nature-smart—those individuals, families, businesses, and political leaders who develop a deeper understanding of the transformative power of the natural world and who balance the virtual with the real. The more high-tech we become, the more nature we need.”