The Glamping Experience

  One of the best nights of my life was spent in a comfortable bed in Ruzizi Tented Lodge in Rwanda. It was intriguing and frightening at the same time. Before your mind runs wild with possibilities, let me set the scene. We (my wife, Lisa, and I) had just settled in under a lightContinue reading “The Glamping Experience”

Light Up People’s Brains with Music

  When I was in the third grade, Lloyd Higgerson, the music teacher, came to our class and introduced the opportunity to be in the band. I wanted to play trumpet and my parents bought the instrument and encouraged me to practice. And practice. And practice some more. It was lots more pressure than IContinue reading “Light Up People’s Brains with Music”

13 Reasons to Take Our 2015 Tanzania Ecotour

Join us for this exciting opportunity from January 22nd to February 1st in Tanzania. Download the itinerary and TANZANIA REGISTRATION   If you want to see lions, leopards, cheetah, elephants, cape buffalo, black rhinos, hippos, monkeys and diverse kinds of birds in their natural savannah habitats, you cannot do better than visiting the national parks andContinue reading “13 Reasons to Take Our 2015 Tanzania Ecotour”

The Interpretive Farm, Oz Style

  We were recently driving south from Melbourne to Phillip Island in Australia to watch the amazing emergence of 16,000 little penguins from the ocean at dusk. Along the highway we spotted a series of signs much like the old Burma Shave signs in the U.S., which were sequences of messages that pique your interest.Continue reading “The Interpretive Farm, Oz Style”

5 Ways to Turn T-shirts into Memorabilia with a Message

I love owning, wearing and buying t-shirts. They are comfortable, usually inexpensive, and serve as a palette for art and messaging. I can think of five good reasons to use them at interpretive sites and in social marketing campaigns as a way to promote your mission and message.   Brand Recognition – At its simplest,Continue reading “5 Ways to Turn T-shirts into Memorabilia with a Message”

Brewing Up Fun Down Under

On a recent trip to Perth, our host Rusty Creighton promised a great coffee break during one of our outings and what he had in store surpassed even my exacting coffee-craving expectations. Yahava KoffeeWorks is an oasis that blends calm and caffeine, nestled among the vineyards of Swan Valley.   The coffee place overlooks aContinue reading “Brewing Up Fun Down Under”

70th Anniversary of D-Day – A Time to Remember

Seventy years ago today Allied forces hit the beaches of Normandy, France, at Utah and Omaha Beaches after an early assault by Army Rangers at Pointe du Hoc. The date was June 6, 1944. More than one million people annually visit Normandy Cemetery where 9,387 of the U.S. military are buried, mostly casualties of D-Day.Continue reading “70th Anniversary of D-Day – A Time to Remember”

Community Action in Action

  One of the things that immediately strikes travelers to Rwanda is how clean the country is. In all the places I’ve been, including the U.S., litter on the ground is a serious issue. You see it almost everywhere, blowing in the wind, lining gutters, hanging where it’s been caught on fences, floating in waterways.Continue reading “Community Action in Action”

5 Reasons to Share Personal Stories

When I was a young boy I spent every free hour wading in the Town Branch, a local stream near my home in Vandalia, Illinois. I was looking for crawdads, my favorite critter in nature, but I studied everything else that turned up around them. Tadpoles, minnows, turtles and mud puppies were always fun encountersContinue reading “5 Reasons to Share Personal Stories”

A Flipchart Survey

This very simple survey method at a special event caught my eye last year at the Larimer County Farmers’ Market in Fort Collins, Colorado, where we live. When I managed a nature center for thirteen years in Pueblo, special events were the lifeblood of our fundraising and they attracted thousands of people to our site.Continue reading “A Flipchart Survey”