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Old 11-29-2010, 09:14 AM   #11
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I re-read your posts. It's not just that you find children annoying (sorry, dude - they're our future. The fact that you're still eager to learn is proof that pushing children to get involved really works) or that you're being left out of the all the interesting projects. You're of the opinion that there needs to be more stuff targeting high school.

It sounds like you need to get involved to make that happen in your area. The next time you see something tailored for kids that you'd like to see offered to teenagers, jump in. Contact the folks in charge, and offer to help pull together a similar program for teenagers. Or pull together a program yourself and approach a high school or science club of your target age group.

You can do it! Go for it.
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Old 11-29-2010, 11:16 AM   #12
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Here's one opportunity for adult learning; as well as a potential teaching opportunity:

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Old 11-29-2010, 11:21 PM   #13
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Many teenagers and young adults would rather spend their time with video games rather than in nature. I used to take my kids to all kinds of nature events, but when they became older they refused to go. Perhaps that is why these events aren't being offered to the older age range because not very many of them show up for the events.
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Old 11-30-2010, 01:39 AM   #14
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Many teenagers and young adults would rather spend their time with video games rather than in nature. I used to take my kids to all kinds of nature events, but when they became older they refused to go. Perhaps that is why these events aren't being offered to the older age range because not very many of them show up for the events.
Were these the same events that they went to as kids? Or were their interests in video games, internet, and cell phones taking all their attention?

I've been looking to make competitive butterfly gardening a sport.
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Old 11-30-2010, 08:11 AM   #15
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We're looking forward to hearing about this new project of yours. . . And seeing pictures too, of course!
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Were these the same events that they went to as kids? Or were their interests in video games, internet, and cell phones taking all their attention?
I've been looking to make competitive butterfly gardening a sport.
My kids didn't get to play video games until they were age 8. The events that I'm talking about would include going out for walks in nature and attending nature events at parks. The video games, internet, and cell phones do take all their attention. They are 19 and 22 now. Hopefully, later they will get back to nature.

I'm an avid butterfly gardener. I bring in lots of butterflies and moths to raise so even when they don't go out I'm sharing this with them.

When they were in elementary school, I helped create outdoor gardens at their school. These gardens are still being used and expanded. For several years, I've been helping a preschool friend by giving her Monarch butterfly caterpillars to raise in the classroom. The preschool kids love this activity. Most are 4 years old, but some are only 3.
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