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Children & Nature Network - March 28, 2015

Children & Nature Network Applauds Groundbreaking New Initiative



President Obama announced the “Every Kid in a Park” initiative, which will ensure every fourth grader across the United States has the opportunity to visit a National Park or other public lands.

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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

This Ecologist Wants to Plant a Pop-Up Forest in Times Square

Ecologist and New Yorker Marielle Anzelone recently launched a Kickstarter campaign with the goal of… [+]

Recess Serves as an Important Break for Students

A school district in Illinois is taking a closer look at recess and lunch breaks… [+]

Does the National Park Service Have a Youth Problem?

In the past decade, the number of National Park visitors under the age of 15… [+]

Children and Their Adult Fishing Mentors Get an Early Start on Trout

Pennsylvania’s Mentored Youth Trout Days program offers a unique opportunity for kids to spark a… [+]

Author: Kids Need Abundant Connection With Nature

An NPR interview with Dr. Scott Sampson, host of PBS Kids show "Dinosaur Kids" and… [+]

Wildlife Trust Column: Becoming a Part of Nature

This month, the UK's Wildlife Trust launched a unique initiative aimed at getting people to… [+]

Nature Lover Eric Crum Shares His Passion with the Next Generation

Long ago, Eric Crum was inspired to become a naturalist and educator by his Aboriginal… [+]

Outdoor Kids Could Soon Learn Lessons in Calgary’s First ‘Nature Kindergarten’

The Nature Kindergarten model made popular in Europe is now coming to Canada via a… [+]

Reconnecting Children with Local Food and the Land

East Coast programs like the Cornucopia Project and Food Connects bring attention to the farm-to-school… [+]

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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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