Nature & Environment

Explore how sustainability creates a connection between our communities and the natural world that sustains us.

Tips to Prepare for a Thunderstorm (Climate Change Edition)

By Kayla Matthews

Preparing for a summer thunderstorm is an emergency preparedness plan that many of us learned in childhood. But, with storms likely to get stronger and more frequent, perhaps it’s time we revisited the ‘ole storm prep checklist.

Curating a Community Table for Earth Day

By Evan Marks, The Ecology Center

Celebrating community and seasonal eating this Earth Day.

Garden Thriftiness

By Blythe Pelham

There are many methods to gardening on a fixed income. Blythe describes some of the ways she channels the cost-saving, thrifty attitudes present in her arting and cooking into her gardening in this post.

Heartworm At High Elevations

By Bruce McElmurray

Heart-worm is a potential risk even to areas that do not have measurable exposure in dogs and cats.


Ecotourism in Nebraska: Part 1, Sandhill Cranes Migration

By Lisa Kivirist

Experience America’s greatest wildlife migration with a front row view of the sandhill cranes converging on the Platte River valley in Central Nebraska every spring. You don’t need to travel to distant lands for an amazing ecotourism adventure.

Interview with NikiAnne Feinberg, Director of the School of Integrated Living

By Willi Paul,

NikiAnne builds cultural health and resilience by helping people discover their gifts and match them to community needs. She sees School of Integrated Living as one node in a web that connects us to ourselves, each other, nature, and the resources we need for village building. MOTHER EARTH NEWS blogger Willi Paul interviews NikiAnne about cultural wealth, rewilding, and radical change.

Flint Families Paying for Still-Unsafe Drinking Water

By Kayla Matthews

Flint residents have been told that they must go back to paying full price for their drinking water.

How to Host an Earth Day Celebration

By Evan Marks, The Ecology Center

Create an inspiring Earth Day event with your community.

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Aug. 5-6, 2017
Albany, Ore.

Discover a dazzling array of workshops and lectures designed to get you further down the path to independence and self-reliance.