President: Rick Towle
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Common Birds of Indiana (1945), by Earl Brooks (8MB PDF file)
The Days of a Naturalist: An Autobiography of W. S. Blatchley (280KB PDF file)
2013 Message from the PresidentAnother year gone by, and so much yet to do!!! As we look back at 2012, the club's accomplishments were many! More on-site development to make the property easily accessible to all, finalizing needed changes in the by-laws to bring us fully into the 21st century, and some fantastic programs to keep the interest in natural studies at a high level! So, what's next?
"Teaching children (and others) about the natural world should be treated as one of the most important events in their lives."
"Our children no longer learn how to read the great 'Book of Nature' from their own direct experience or (learn) how to interact creatively with the seasonal transformations of the planet. They seldom learn where their water comes from or where it goes. We no longer coordinate our human celebration with the great liturgy of the heavens."
These quotes from Thomas and Wendell Berry speak to me in a big way! As a professional educator, it's been my job to teach students about various concepts of science for many years. No matter what discipline of the sciences I shared with students, the studies from the "Book of Nature" were few and far between in the regular school curriculum. It has always been a goal of mine to "interject" discussion, events, activities, and even the occasional "story" about the natural world around us as often as possible. But, there just isn't time in the typical school day, and there certainly isn't an emphasis within standards of education. So, how do we reach those "in need?"
Thus, it is this year that finds me working to focus the efforts of Blatchley Nature Study Club on increasing the "teaching about the natural world" to those in the Noblesville and Hamilton County area. After all, our group's name is the "Nature Study Club," right? Through our programs and presentations, various field study opportunities, and increased public "forums" to share the word about Blatchley's history and mission, it should become the club's goal to strive to re-introduce the idea that the study of the natural world should be "one of the most important events" in the lives of all people! A coordinated and determined effort on the part of all club members will make it happen!!
Let's go celebrate the world around us!!!
— Rick Towle, President