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Feeling Down? Take a Walk in the Woods

A Ph.D. research team from Standard University surveyed 38 healthy people to evaluate how prone they were to think negative thoughts. Afterwards, they sent the participants on a 90-minute walk: half of the group to walk in nature, the other half to walk on a busy street. Learn what they discovered.

A Camp for Kids Who Love to Dig into the Dirt

Shared Legacy Farms in Elmore, Ohio offers a new opportunity for first and second graders this summer. Farm Science Camp teaches kids about where our food comes from, including learning about the earth’s soil, plants and bugs through hands-on activities.

Splish-Splash! – The Preschool with the Puddle!

A preschool in Kumamoto, Japan houses a natural puddle accumulation system to collect rain water during Japan’s rainy season. Japanese architect Hibino Sekkei designed the preschool’s roof to allow rain water to accumulate and then drop into the school’s atrium so kids can interact and play with the water rather than keeping them inside.

Leaving a Lasting Mark: Planting Seeds for a Healthier School Community

Green Sleeves, a group of South El Monte High School students and KCETLink Youth Voices community Initiative participants in southern California, has a goal to bring back a school garden in an undeveloped lot on campus. This garden will be used to grow food for the school, and be used to educate and promote healthy eating through urban agriculture.

Cover Story: “Playdate”

This week’s cover of the New Yorker is inspired by the duality that children face these days: the balance of indoor and outdoor play. Chris Ware’s story emphasizes how important it is to balance technology and nature — because they are both vital to our children’s growth.

The PTSD River Cure

Chad Brown is a Navy veteran who suffers with post-traumatic stress disorder. Eventually he found healing in fishing and wanted to share his love of nature to help others. He now runs Soul River Runs Wild, a nonprofit that hosts educational nature trips that connects underserved youth with veterans in an outdoors mentorship program.

Kids Go Outside and Learn at the Arboretum’s Outdoor Forest School

Fiddleheads Forest School is an outdoor preschool run by University of Washington Botanic Gardens at the Washington Park Arboretum, where school happens outdoors rain or shine. Fiddleheads Forest School is the Arboretum’s first outdoor preschool program.

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