Be a Junior Ranger at a National Park

The U.S. National Park Service offers a self-directed educational program for children visiting the parks.   Children ages 3-13 are invited by the park service to observe the park’s natural environment, learn ways to preserve it, and pass this knowledge to others.   Junior Ranger requirements are that children attend a guided park program (or…

Personal Shield ~ A Journal Entry

Overview The Personal Shield is an illustrative symbol that helps participants recognize components of their inner selves.  Creating a personal shield can be theraputic, a concious way to organize feelings and experiences. As the Thomas fires continue to burn around us here in Ventura, this kind of activity may be helpful as we process the…

Travel Journaling

My grandmother wrote travel journals on international trips to Mexico, Egypt, Russia, Africa.  These journals are still around, dating back to the 1960’s, and contain accounts of her day, meals, and impressions of the culture, along with tips on the best seat choice for flying in a 747, notes about respecting people’s differences, and packing…