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Introducing City Kids to Nature By Bike

By Allie Torgan
CNN
March 27, 2015

Introducing City Kids to Nature By Bike

Natural leader and CNN Hero Marilyn Price has helped more than 25,000 at-risk kids get off the streets and into nature through her nonprofit Trips for Kids, which takes young people around the world on mountain biking excursions. [+]

Partnership Connects Families with Nature

By Carlos Fernandez
Vail Daily
March 27, 2015

Partnership Connects Families with Nature

A unique new partnership between the U.S. Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy and Vail Resorts aims to connect kids and families to the mountain throughout the seasons with accessible and engaging programs, including science-based activities that will broaden visitors' understanding of the mountains, the forests and watersheds, and public lands. [+]

Why Kids are Getting More Aggressive on the Playground

By Angela Hanscom
Washington Post
March 29, 2015

Why Kids are Getting More Aggressive on the Playground

More and more often, classic games like tag are being banned from schoolyards due to safety concerns, because kids are being too aggressive during play. This all ties back to the larger issue that children today are not spending enough time in active play. [+]

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

By Liz Core
Grist
March 16, 2015

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 creating a forest installation in Times Square, in order to draw attention to the thousands of acres of New York City that are not paved over and need protecting. [+]

Recess Serves as an Important Break for Students

By Chuck Fieldman
Chicago Tribune
March 20, 2015

Recess Serves as an Important Break for Students

A school district in Illinois is taking a closer look at recess and lunch breaks and providing kids with enough options to ensure that it is a positive experience, recognizing the importance of these play breaks in a child's day. [+]

Does the National Park Service Have a Youth Problem?

By Ryan Bergeron and Sean Redlitz
CNN
March 19, 2015

Does the National Park Service Have a Youth Problem?

In the past decade, the number of National Park visitors under the age of 15 has fallen by half. In addition, half of the employees in park service leadership positions are scheduled to retire by 2016. The good news is that a variety of efforts are currently underway to tackle the Parks' youth problem. [+]

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

By John Hayes
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
March 22, 2015

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 lifelong connection with the natural world, bond with their adult mentors, develop valuable skills and of course, have fun. [+]

Author: Kids Need Abundant Connection With Nature

By Rachel Martin
NPR
March 22, 2015

Author: Kids Need Abundant Connection With Nature

An NPR interview with Dr. Scott Sampson, host of PBS Kids show "Dinosaur Kids" and author of "How To Raise a Wild Child: The Art And Science Of Falling In Love With Nature." [+]

Wildlife Trust Column: Becoming a Part of Nature

By Caroline Fitton
Cambridge News
March 16, 2015

Wildlife Trust Column: Becoming a Part of Nature

This month, the UK's Wildlife Trust launched a unique initiative aimed at getting people to stop and reflect about what wildlife means to them, collecting thousands of personal stories and portraits along the way. [+]

Nature Lover Eric Crum Shares His Passion with the Next Generation

By Geoff Hutchison and Chloe Papas
ABC News
March 12, 2015

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 mentor. Today, he's lamenting the state of nature education in the Australian school system. [+]

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

By Helen Pike
Metro News
March 12, 2015

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 group of enthusiastic and committed parents and educators. [+]

Reconnecting Children with Local Food and the Land

By Caroline Tremblay
Sentinel Source
March 09, 2015

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 concept, helping kids create their own gardens so they can actively participate in the process of planting, nurturing, harvesting and tasting fresh foods. [+]

Secretary Jewell, American Express Foundation Announce Major Commitment to Increase Volunteerism on America’s Public Lands

By Jessica Kershaw
Department of the Interior
March 12, 2015

Secretary Jewell, American Express Foundation Announce Major Commitment to Increase Volunteerism on America’s Public Lands

This week, Secretary of the Interior and movement champion Sally Jewell announced a multi-million dollar commitment from the American Express Foundation to aid in the strengthening of the department's volunteer program. [+]

Nature: Richard Louv, Alberta Parks and Exploring by Bike

By CJSR Interviews
CJSR
March 05, 2015

Nature: Richard Louv, Alberta Parks and Exploring by Bike

Richard Louv recently gave an interview to Edmonton's independent radio station, where he discussed his vast body of work and the religion of environmentalism. [+]

Birdwatchers, Hunters Train Their Scopes on Conservation

By Caren Cooper
Scientific American
March 09, 2015

Birdwatchers, Hunters Train Their Scopes on Conservation

A new study reveals that outdoor recreationists are more likely than non-recreationists to carry out conservation activities and behaviors. These findings are especially important for how state and federal agencies undertake the business of managing natural resources. [+]

Kids Can See Nature Differently Through the Lens of a Camera

By Tacoma Nature Center
The News Tribune
March 06, 2015

Kids Can See Nature Differently Through the Lens of a Camera

Photography as a form of creative expression can help children and adults alike see nature in new and different ways, helping them notice and appreciate details they may not have seen before. [+]

No—Kids Don’t Need All that Homework

By Jordan Sprogis
The Echo
March 07, 2015

No—Kids Don’t Need All that Homework

In a bold move, one New York elementary school has decided to abolish all homework in order to offer young students more balance and to maximize their opportunities to play, resulting in division among the school's parents. [+]

Getting Everyone to Go Outside

By Jim Huckabay
Daily Record News
March 06, 2015

Getting Everyone to Go Outside

Following up on last week's report, the Washington State Senate unanimously adopted the proposed Outdoor Heritage Resolution, setting the stage for a fruitful year for our movement in the Pacific Northwest. [+]

Redesigning Playgrounds to Promote “Loose” Play - Think Pop-up Play Spaces

By Inga Saffron
Philly.com
February 27, 2015

Redesigning Playgrounds to Promote “Loose” Play - Think Pop-up Play Spaces

Although outdoor play for kids is beneficial in a number of different circumstances, psychologists are beginning to wonder if the current "cookie-cutter" standards for playgrounds are too focused on safety and not enough on critical thinking. [+]

Texas Outdoor Family Program in Bloom for Spring

By Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Cypress Creek Mirror
February 28, 2015

Texas Outdoor Family Program in Bloom for Spring

The Texas Outdoor Family Program, which has grown rapidly over the last 6 years and so far served over 4,000 families, is gearing up for another busy season of affordable and accessible weekend camping workshops. [+]

Children’s Right to the Great Outdoors

By Jim Huckabay
Daily Record News
February 27, 2015

Children’s Right to the Great Outdoors

Last week, the Washington State Senate took the first steps toward the adoption of a Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights, affirming the right for kids and their families in the state to connect with nature. [+]

“Last Child in the Woods” is a Must-Read For All Parents and Educators

By Katherine Martinko
Treehugger
February 26, 2015

“Last Child in the Woods” is a Must-Read For All Parents and Educators

Treehugger publishes a glowing review of Richard Louv's book "Last Child in the Woods," explaining that it's more important than ever to look at the current model of how we are raising our kids and to make a concerted effort to let nature in. [+]

Learning Opportunities in Nature

By Pam Asheton
Cochrane Times
February 20, 2015

Learning Opportunities in Nature

Nature is chock full of opportunities for learning, as well as contributing to a child's ability to learn, wherever they may be. Unfortunately, in writer Pam Asheton's local Alberta, parklands often sit empty. [+]

Inspiring Vermont Students Through Nature

By Alexei Rubenstein
WCAX.com
February 20, 2015

Inspiring Vermont Students Through Nature

Vermont's EarthWalk program aims to fill the gaps in public education with weekly schoolday excursions into nature for some very vital lessons. [+]

Healthy Living: Go Play Outside: It’s Good for Your Eyeballs!

By Dr. William Sturrock
WABI-TV
February 17, 2015

Healthy Living: Go Play Outside: It’s Good for Your Eyeballs!

An exciting new study finds that sunlight stimulates the release of dopamine from the retina, and that this may have a protective effect on the eye. This is yet another reason that young people need to engage in regular outdoor play. [+]

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