Articles covering the children and nature movement, and observations and studies verifying the benefits of children and families connecting with nature.
Articles, excerpts, opinions and musings by the author and co-founder of the Children & Nature Network.
THE NEW NATURE MOVEMENT
Commentary by Richard Louv & Guest Writers
Our co-founder and author of “Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder” and “The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age.”
THE NEW NATURE MOVEMENT: Commentary by Richard Louv & Guest Writers
Bringing more nature experiences to education is a challenging task, and teachers can’t do it alone. Higher education, businesses, families and the whole community must become involved. If, as an educator, you’d like to join or help lead the movement, Richard Louv shares a few ways to get started in your own school.
School can be an exciting, yet stressful, time of year. Nature before, during and after school can help ease that stress. Guest blogger, Cheryl Charles shares a new Children & Nature Network research report on the relationship between time in nature and the development of executive function in youth.
Special Key Note Appearance by Richard Louv
Clinical Trends in Pediatric and Adolescent Health
September 23 – 25, 2015 – San Diego, CA
Richard Louv will offer a book signing
following his presentation at 12:30, September 24.
In the News
Starting September 1, 2015, fourth graders nationwide can visit the new Every Kid in a Park website to obtain a pass that provides free access to students and their families to all federally managed lands and waters – including national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and marine sanctuaries. The pass is valid for the 2015-2016 school year.
Kids intrinsically understand how important trees are. Lisa Summers writes that while a lot of research has proven the importance of trees and nature, children do not need that scientific proof. During her art camp, Summers taught children about the importance of trees for our health and wellbeing. Unfortunately, the city has other plans for a row of scarlet oak trees.
The Nature Play Program in Australia, has started a new initiative to encourage kids to play outside — the play passport. The passport is filled with outdoor activities, ranging from riding bikes to playing in the garden. The Minister for Agriculture, Sport and Recreation and Member for Rockhampton has given his full support for the program, and has even rewarded one childcare centre with a mud kitchen for their participation.
Sandy Grade Elementary school has a new playground just in time for school this year. Using logs from fallen trees, the elementary school transformed an asphalt schoolyard into an 80 feet by 100 feet naturescape filled with logs from fallen trees.
WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO PLAY?
C&NN’s friends at Clif Kid are dedicated to reclaiming play. They’re encouraging boys and girls everywhere to get back outside, push their boundaries, and feed their adventures.
Find out more at http://www.clifbar.com/come-out-to-play
Diversity, Equity, and America's Conservation Legacy
As the largest and fastest growing minority group, Latinos will play a critical role in how we address our conservation and outdoor recreation challenges. What drives this passion for Latinos in the 21st century?
Juan Martinez, C&NN Director of Leadership Development and the Natural Leaders Network, will be speaking about this and other topics on May 12th at Seattle REI