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Children & Nature Network - December 19, 2014

Youth Leader Yusuf Burgess



In 2014, the children and nature movement lost one of its most inspiring leaders. Brother Yusuf Burgess will forever be remembered for his dedication to young people and his tireless efforts to connect them with wild places.

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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

How do You Tell Your Kids the World is Falling Apart?

A new show aims to explain the complex and often frightening issues of our time… [+]

Youth Leader Yusuf Burgess, 64

In 2014, the children and nature movement lost one of its most inspiring leaders. Brother… [+]

Forest Schools: Fires, Trees and Mud Pies

Forest schools are taking the UK by storm, and some, such as the new Dandelion… [+]

Critics Say Doubling Cost to Enter Yellowstone and Grand Teton Parks Prices People Out

With accessibility to national parks already proving to be challenging for some groups of people,… [+]

Returning to Our Home in the Woods

A thoughtful commentary on wild places being our instinctive home as humans and just how… [+]

Unknowns In Terms Of Funding And Personnel Await New Units Of National Park System

The new defense bill passed by Senate last week also calls for an extensive National… [+]

Connecting With Nature? There’s an App for That

IslandWood president and CEO Ben Klasky argues that designating the outdoors as a "technology-free zone"… [+]

Multigenerational Playgrounds Serve Kids, Parents, Grandparents

Outdoor exercise stations and walking paths next to slides, swings and monkey bars: Wonderful, functional… [+]

A Therapist Goes to Middle School and Tries to Sit Still and Focus. She Can’t. Neither Can the Kids.

As a follow-up to a Washington Post series that looked at restricted movement and its… [+]

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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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