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Children & Nature Network - October 01, 2014

Feature | Natural Leaders | Press Release

Natural Leaders Network Announces Largest Gift; $200,000 from The REI Foundation

Natural Leaders Network Announces Largest Gift; $200,000 from The REI Foundation

A $200,000 grant from The REI Foundation will help empower diverse young leaders through this Children and Nature Network program focused on training and mentoring as a means to combat Nature-Deficit Disorder. [+] [PDF]

Commentary | Feature | Regional Updates | International

Raising a Child Dangerously

Raising a Child Dangerously

Diane Selkirk and her husband are raising their child while traveling aboard a 40-foot sailboat. Many say adventure sailing with young children can be risky, especially after the recent public rescue of another sailing family. Selkirk says it's the best way she knows how to parent. [+]

Research & Studies | Media & Culture

When Parents Are The Ones Too Distracted By Devices

When Parents Are The Ones Too Distracted By Devices

Having a teenager lost in his or her cellphone — texting friends and communicating with parents in monosyllabic grunts — has become a trope of the Internet age. But teens are not the only ones distracted by their devices. [+]

Press Release | Regional Updates | Local | State | National | Leadership | Legislation/Policy

Former head of the National Park Service, Fran Mainella, to Chair The Children & Nature Network’s Board of Directors

Former head of the National Park Service, Fran Mainella, to Chair The Children & Nature Network’s Board of Directors

Longtime nature policy pioneer and former head of the National Park Service, Fran Mainella, took over in January 2014 as Board Chair of The Children & Nature Network (C&NN). Fran Mainella served as the 16th Director of the National Park Service from 2001 – 2006. She was the first woman to hold this key position. [+] [PDF]

Allies | Commentary | Health

Your Couch Is Far More Dangerous Than You Think

Your Couch Is Far More Dangerous Than You Think

Ben Klasky, President and CEO of IslandWood, wonders how our culture became so fearful of letting kids play on their own outdoors that we actively keep them inside. Looking at the numbers, he suggests perhaps that fear is misplaced. [+]

Regional Updates | Research & Studies | International | Education | Health

School Ditches Rules and Loses Bullies

School Ditches Rules and Loses Bullies

New Zealand school allows rule-free outdoor play and sees remarkable behavioral changes. Where some expected "Lord of the Flies," these students took advantage of their unstructured time outdoors to practice creativity, compassion, and imagination. The experiment raises interesting questions about the balance between safety and the benefits of free outdoor play. [+]

Recent News

Getting Families and Kids Healthy, on TRACK

The Parkway Foundation's Kids in Parks program is battling childhood obesity with their family-friendly TRACK… [+]

Teaching Children to Appreciate Their Natural Environment

From watching a turtle lay her eggs to exploring creepy crawly critters, a North Carolina… [+]

LEAP Hopes to Expand Opportunities for Kids of Ottawa County

In addition to the wilderness playgrounds encouraging free-range play for younger kids around the country,… [+]

Every Kid’s Inalienable Right to Just Play

A small town in Michigan is leading the charge to build barrier-free playgrounds that make… [+]

Green Neighbourhoods Lead to Higher Birth Weights: Study

Grass, trees, flowers and green space make it more likely for mothers to deliver at… [+]

Pediatrician, Parks Improve Child Health

More and more often, pediatrician Robert Zarr and his colleagues are prescribing nature to city… [+]

Leaps and Bounds Daycare Receives National Certification

Classrooms across the country, such as Leaps and Bounds Daycare in Nebraska, are being certified… [+]

Are We Babying Our Kids? Can Riskier Playgrounds Make Healthier Adults?

The conversation on danger in play continues, as more and more adventure playgrounds encouraging unstructured,… [+]

Disney and National 4-H Council Join Together to Connect Youth to the Environment

Disney and 4-H are banding together in an exciting new program that aims to provide… [+]

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C&NN Publications

As part of our ongoing efforts to build the movement, the Children & Nature Network has published these resources for leaders, organizers, and participants at the local, national, and international levels:

2010 C&NN Report
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Children and Nature 2009: A Report on the Movement to Reconnect Children to the Natural World
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C&NN Community Action Guide: Building the Children & Nature Movement from the Ground Up
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