Play as Poetry


As it Should Be

Cool mud between toes,

skinned knees and elbows.

Play’s crowning glories earned.


Today’s rocket ship,

tomorrow’s castle and slide.

Genius unleashed through cardboard.


Running, spinning, laughing.

Inside voices long forgotten.

Mother Nature’s satisfied smile.


Rosy cheeks and grass stains,

unbridled joy and warmth.

Childhood without spoil or limits.

- Bethe Almeras, The Grass Stain Guru

Project Wild Thing Trailer — Taking #Playoutdoors to Scale

More red poppies


I’ve been at this game of connecting children (and their adults!) to nature for a long time. One of the things that I have always said was missing in our efforts is a true marketing and media campaign.

Sound daft? It’s not. Let’s face it — marketing works for a reason.

I am so excited to see the film, Project Wild Thing! Watch the trailer below, and I’m sure you will be as well.

Cheers to David and all of those involved in the film. Be sure to check out the webiste.

See ya outside! ~ The Grass Stain Guru

10 Gobble, Gobble-worthy Things to be Thankful For

Let’s think of this post as our virtual Thanksgiving table, shall we? So let’s join hands and all share what we are thankful for.

Besides the obvious and critical items, of course:

  • stretchy pants
  • pie
  • cheesy basic cable Christmas movies (best enjoyed in stretchy pants while eating pie)
  • leftovers
  • the fact that as much as we love them, relatives will eventually leave (let’s just hope there is pie left)

OK, I’ll start…

10.  The smell of the sidewalk after a warm summer rain.

9.  The sound of leaves crunching under my feet on a fall hike.

8.  SQUIRRELS (squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!)

7.  The feeling of mud between my toes and grass beneath my feet.

6.  Crocuses sticking their colorful heads up out of the cold earth, reminding me that spring really will come.

5.  Staring at the ocean and understanding what forever looks like.

4.  The feeling of sun on my face and breeze in my hair.

3. The smell of lilacs and honeysuckle.

2.  The fact that I was raised as a Free Range kid and allowed to develop my own sense of self, love of the natural world and the type of resiliency and capacity for wonder that allows me to be a happy adult.

1.  All of my outdoor play and nature friends out there across the globe.  How amazing is it to grow up to do what you love and connect with others who believe in what you do? THANK YOU!

Thank you all for being in my world. Wishing you the happiest of Thanksgivings, or to those from elsewhere — a great big beautiful day! (Um, filled with pie.)

See ya outside!  xoxo – The Grass Stain Guru                      

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