We discuss the growing efforts to integrate nature into the classroom at all levels of a young person's education, and how this practice might benefit children's physical mental and emotional well being. Richard Louv, author of the landmark book "Last Child in the Woods" and national expert on kids and nature, joins us to talk about the importance of connecting kids with the environment through the curricula. He is in Maine for the Maine Conservation Voters' Evening for the Environment event at the University of New England in Portland on Oct. 22nd.

Isaac Merson

In coordination with the Nature/PBS series “American Spring LIVE” (airing April 29, 30 and May 1) and Maine Public's tie-in event at the Gisland Farm Audubon Center on April 27, our Maine Calling will highlight nature appreciation, phenology, science education and citizen science, and we’ll ask callers to share what signs of spring they look for in their part of the state and how they are getting involved with their natural surroundings.

A child rides in the bow of a canoe during spring run-off high water at the Head of Tide Park in Topsham.

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., May 25 at 10:00 pm
Sat., May 27 at 11:00 am

This documentary, shot throughout four seasons, profiles four active land trusts in different regions of Maine, demonstrating their efforts toward conservation for all members of their community.

To learn more about the Community Conservation visit M.I. Media.

A still frame from Negotiating with Nature

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., May 2 at 10:00 pm
Sat., May 4 at 11:00 am

A film about our relationship – or lack of – with nature and it’s importance.

Bowdoin College biology professor emeritus Nathaniel T. Wheelwright shares his latest project — a series of videos filmed almost entirely in Wheelwright's backyard that are designed not so much to entertain and astonish, but to encourage mindfulness and curiosity among viewers; to educate and empower them to make their own discoveries about nature. Joining Nat will be Patty Jones, Bowdoin assistant professor of biology and director of the Bowdoin Scientific Station on Kent Island.

How does connecting with nature help children’s learning, development and well-being? And is ‘nature deficit disorder’ a problem among young people in Maine?

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Thur., April 19 at 10:00 pm

Merrymeeting Bay is an important ecosystem by any standard. This program explores the strong network of stewardship and preservation happening all around the bay.

To learn more about the Merrymeeting Bay: The Rising Tide of Stewardship visit M.I. Media.

The Naturalist's Notebook

Nov 24, 2017

This is a rebroadcast of an earlier show; no calls will be taken (original broadcast date: October 11, 2017).

Esteemed naturalists and authors Nathaniel Wheelwright & Bernd Heinrich join forces for on a new project, and discuss how to create a personal 5-year record of your place on the planet, and create a stronger connection to the natural world.

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Thur., September 7 at 10:00 pm

A video journal of one man's New England Appalachian Trail hike to start a conversation about the preservation of nature and the protection of resources.

Paul Schaberg marshals a small team of scientists, surveying a stand of red spruce in Colebrook for frost damage from last winter.

“So what are you guys seeing, are you seeing any injury yet?” he calls out.  

“We’re just seeing green needles,” hollers back one of his helpers.

“Happy, happy trees,” responds another.

You know it's springtime in Maine when the birds wake you up before your alarm clock does. Right now is peak season for the spring bird migration. That means bird watchers -- both amateurs and experts -- are out with their binoculars in woods and fields all over Maine. Jennifer Rooks headed out to Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park with ornithologist Jeff Wells.

When Jeff Wells heads into the woods, he hears things most of us don't.

"That super-high pitch sound, 'zzzz,' that's a blackburnian warbler," Wells says.

Not background noise. But discrete, individual voices.

  The debate over a new national park in Maine - hear the latest on a move to declare up to seventy-five thousand acres of Maine wilderness, wilderness that's home to some of the state's best fishing, hiking, snowmobiling, canoeing and views, part of a national park, and another seventy-five thousand acres a national recreation area.

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by:

Lucas St. Clair, president of the board of Elliotsville Plantation Inc.

and Don Kleiner, Executive Director, Maine Professional Guides Association 

  What happens when the suburbs encroach on wildlife? Cars hitting deer and a whole lot more.

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by 

Jim Sterba, has been a foreign correspondent, war correspondent and national correspondent for more than four decades, first for The New York Times and then for The Wall Street Journal

  More and more women in Maine are looking to the outdoors for fun and recreation.  There is a rise in interest in hunting, fishing and other sporting activities once dominated by men, among women.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

Robin Follette, Her blog, Robin’s Outdoors, appears in The Bangor Daily News.  She writes her column, The Maine Thing, for Lancaster Farming newspaper. She also publishes Maine Nature News.  Instructor at Hooked on Fishing - Not on Drugs, Board member at Becoming an Outdoors Woman

Maine Tourism

Jul 11, 2012

  What are the must-see and over-looked sights of Maine?

Host Keith Shortall was joined by :

Vaughn Stinson, CEO - Maine Tourism Association

Jennifer Tomlinson, Visitor Information Center Manager, Convention and Visitors Bureau