On a fossil hunt with
5th grade students, Roanoke, VA, 1975.
Prof. Bentley with some of the 30 teachers participating in the 2013 Hollins University Elementary
Science Institute, at the Virginia Museum of
Science and Environmental Education (retired)
of Tennessee, Knoxville
Projects and publications: My work
Curriculum vitae pdf
Bentley, M., Mueller, M., Martin, B. (Eds.). (2014). Connecting Children: Ideas and Activities for Parents and Educators. Bethany, Oklahoma: Wood 'N' Barnes.
Connecting Children to Nature
is a practical,
how-to book grounded in theory and research. We live in critical times
for the planet; how our kids are growing up matters. The
digital world is useful, and fun, but should not dominate their lives.
Play and outdoor recreation balances screen time for a healthier
development of body and mind. Society benefits too. Chapter are written
by professionals – scientists
and educators, to help parents and teachers connect kids to the outdoors and
foster a love of living things. That
connection to nature becomes a touchstone for the choices they make
living out their lives at home and in society. Find activities utilizing different outdoor settings, from backyard and
neighborhood to study abroad. Fresh ideas and helpful
are here for parenting kids, from infants to teens and beyond. Our goal: helping kids grow in their naturalist
and develop a critical consciousness. (Amazon bookseller)