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Children & Nature Network - April 16, 2014

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]

Commentary | Education

How I Almost Fell Out with Nature

How I Almost Fell Out with Nature

Becoming an environmental educator has solidified the author's desire to focus on connecting individuals to the world around them. [+]

Commentary | Research & Studies | Health

Kids Need to Play in the Mud Now and Then

Kids Need to Play in the Mud Now and Then

We need to bring back that halcyon childhood pastime of letting our kids (and grandkids) get muddy once in awhile. Studies indicate that they will grow up healthier and happier because of a connection to nature. [+]

Commentary | Access

Children Need Nature, the Impact of Fresh Air

Children Need Nature, the Impact of Fresh Air

Kids and folks today need more family time and more time to visit the outdoors and listen to the clouds, feel the rain, smell the roses, see a shooting star before sunrise, touch the snow, cast a fishing line, spend some quiet time and displace the everyday stress of our competitive world of e-everything. [+]

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. [+]

Leadership

Five Questions for Richard Louv

Five Questions for Richard Louv

Few writers have done as much to reconnect kids with the outdoors as Richard Louv, who is the author of several books on the topic (including Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle), and whose essay “Leave No Child Inside” is published in Orion’s new collection of the same name. Orion’s Erik Hoffner spoke with Richard about his books, the Children & Nature Network, and the state of the movement to reconnect kids with all that’s wild and green. [+]

Commentary | Education

Would You Send Your Child to Daycare in the Forest?

Would You Send Your Child to Daycare in the Forest?

If daycare facilities shifted their focus to urban parks and playgrounds, and rural forests, there would no longer be such a pressing need for costly indoor space, childcare workers could be paid better wages, and kids wouldn’t suffer from what Richard Louv has termed "Nature-Deficit Disorder." [+]

Feature | Leadership

Place-Based Education Helps us Understand the Whirlpool of Life

Place-Based Education Helps us Understand the Whirlpool of Life

Scott Sampson, paleontologist and chief curator at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, advises parents to discover and co-create in nature alongside their kids. Personal experience is crucial, he says. “What does the extinction of a condor mean to a child who has never seen a wren?” [+]

Allies | Regional Updates | International | Education

Plugging Children into Their Environment

Plugging Children into Their Environment

Gordon D’Arcy, bird artist, author and matchmaker between schoolchildren and the natural world, challenges the “negative context” in which children often learn about nature – climate change, rainforest destruction “and a plethora of other disastrous scenarios”. “Nature should surely be celebrated,” he writes. [+]

Research & Studies | Built Environment

Today’s Challenges, Tomorrow’s Progress

Today’s Challenges, Tomorrow’s Progress

In the New York Times "Room for Debate" discussion, Richard Louv and others ponder the question, "Is Creativity Endangered"? According to Louv, "We could be entering one of the most creative periods in human history, because of the environmental challenges we face." [+]

Allies | Resource

Naturebraries: A School Librarian's Invitation to Enjoy Nature

Naturebraries: A School Librarian's Invitation to Enjoy Nature

Every season is right for kids to play outside and explore the world around them. Here are some organizations, books, apps, and nature centers to help you get out there! [+]

Access | Leadership

Back to Nature: Understanding Nature-Deficit Disorder

Back to Nature: Understanding Nature-Deficit Disorder

C&NN's Richard Louv discusses Nature-Deficit Disorder, finding the balance between nature and technology, how we can better integrate nature into our lives and homes, and the benefits we can find by doing so. [+]

Health | Campaign/Initiative | Leadership

Leave No Child Inside

Leave No Child Inside

C&NN Co-founder and Chairman Emeritus Richard Louv outlines the origins of the growing worldwide movement to reconnect children and nature and to battle nature-deficit disorder. [+]

Recent News

Editorial: Make Sure Your Kids Get Time Outdoors

The editorial board of the Idaho Statesman newspaper uses the occasion of "Be Outside, Idaho"… [+]

Quest for ‘Racial Equity’ in Parks Has Some Wary

Regional planners in Minnesota's Twin Cities region are grappling with data showing that public parks… [+]

Urban Forests Share Links with Healthy Lives

While the health benefits of trees and green spaces are generally understood, they are often… [+]

Helping Children Become Healthier Doesn’t Turn Us into a Nanny State

In the 2010 Richard Louvd declared that, before long, Australia would reap the rewards of… [+]

Raising a Child Dangerously

Diane Selkirk and her husband are raising their child while traveling aboard our 40-foot sailboat.… [+]

Park Rx: Using Technology to Connect Us to Nature

Dr. Robert Zarr, a practicing primary care pediatrician in Washington D.C., is prescribing time outdoors… [+]

Parents Worldwide Agree: Our Kids Need More Nature

A new study shows parents worldwide are concerned about their children's lack of time in… [+]

School Gardens Grow Kids’ Physical Activity Levels

A two-year Cornell study of 12 elementary schools in five New York regions found that… [+]

The Power of the Earliest Memories

New research suggests that parents play a profound role in how children capture and whether… [+]

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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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