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National Conference, Festival Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Wilderness

By Lisa Ronald
Wilderness 50th
October 01, 2014

National Conference, Festival Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Wilderness

Children & Nature Network's Juan Martinez and Rue Mapp of Outdoor Afro are just two of the featured speakers at this month's National Wilderness Conference, focused on raising public awareness of wilderness and engaging youth during 2014, the 50th anniversary year of the signing of the Wilderness Act. [+]

At Thurston Nature Center, Neighbors Come Together to Carry on a 50 Year Legacy of Stewardship

By Marjorie Winkelman
The Ann Arbor Independent
October 02, 2014

At Thurston Nature Center, Neighbors Come Together to Carry on a 50 Year Legacy of Stewardship

What better way to bring a community together than through nature? Ann Arbor's Thurston Nature Center has been hosting twice-yearly volunteer days for nearly 50 years now, bringing together kids, adults and seniors to care for this thriving outdoor classroom. [+]

PSJA Tree Planting Sprouts New Outdoor Education Growth

By Kristen Mosbrucker
The Monitor
October 03, 2014

PSJA Tree Planting Sprouts New Outdoor Education Growth

Thanks to a $45,650 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, elementary school students in San Juan and Pharr, Texas will have the grass fields at their schools transformed into native landscapes. The best part: the kids get to play a hands-on role in planting and creating these habitats! [+]

NeighborWoods Tree Planting Campaign Kicks Off 10th Year

By Anthony Le
Alliance for Community Trees
October 01, 2014

NeighborWoods Tree Planting Campaign Kicks Off 10th Year

Volunteers in all 50 states will gather this month to transform their parks, waterways, and city streets into greener community spaces by planting and caring for trees as part of the 10th anniversary of National NeighborWoods® Month. [+]

More Active Play Equals Better Thinking Skills For Kids

By Alison Bruzek
NPR
September 29, 2014

More Active Play Equals Better Thinking Skills For Kids

The evidence supporting active play keeps rolling in. Yet another new academic study, this one from the University of Illinois, shows that extended daily play for kids significantly improves thinking skills. [+]

Getting Families and Kids Healthy, on TRACK

By Marla Hardee Milling
Citizen-Times
September 24, 2014

Getting Families and Kids Healthy, on TRACK

The Parkway Foundation's Kids in Parks program is battling childhood obesity with their family-friendly TRACK trails, which have expanded to 7 states today. [+]

Teaching Children to Appreciate Their Natural Environment

By Haley Waxman
News Observer
September 17, 2014

Teaching Children to Appreciate Their Natural Environment

From watching a turtle lay her eggs to exploring creepy crawly critters, a North Carolina wildlife center is working to provide meaningful nature experiences to local children. [+]

LEAP Hopes to Expand Opportunities for Kids of Ottawa County

The Beacon
September 21, 2014

LEAP Hopes to Expand Opportunities for Kids of Ottawa County

In addition to the wilderness playgrounds encouraging free-range play for younger kids around the country, there is a growing movement to engage older kids and teens as well: enter the tinkering school. [+]

Every Kid’s Inalienable Right to Just Play

By Jim Evans
Macomb Daily
September 19, 2014

Every Kid’s Inalienable Right to Just Play

A small town in Michigan is leading the charge to build barrier-free playgrounds that make it possible for all kids, regardless of their disability, to get out and play. [+]

Green Neighbourhoods Lead to Higher Birth Weights: Study

The University of British Columbia
September 04, 2014

Green Neighbourhoods Lead to Higher Birth Weights: Study

Grass, trees, flowers and green space make it more likely for mothers to deliver at full term and contribute to higher birth weights, according to compelling new research out of the University of British Columbia and Oregon State University. [+]

Pediatrician, Parks Improve Child Health

By Mary Sebold
Sebold Communications
August 26, 2014

Pediatrician, Parks Improve Child Health

More and more often, pediatrician Robert Zarr and his colleagues are prescribing nature to city kids in response to a variety of issues and ailments, from anxiety and depression to asthma and obesity. [+]

Leaps and Bounds Daycare Receives National Certification

By Nature Explore
Dispatch Argus
September 10, 2014

Leaps and Bounds Daycare Receives National Certification

Classrooms across the country, such as Leaps and Bounds Daycare in Nebraska, are being certified as Nature Explore Classrooms, integrating creative outdoor learning opportunities into children's daily lives. [+]

Are We Babying Our Kids? Can Riskier Playgrounds Make Healthier Adults?

By Marnie Eisenstadt
Syracuse.com
September 16, 2014

Are We Babying Our Kids? Can Riskier Playgrounds Make Healthier Adults?

The conversation on danger in play continues, as more and more adventure playgrounds encouraging unstructured, free play open around the country. Can riskier playgrounds make healthier adults? [+]

Disney and National 4-H Council Join Together to Connect Youth to the Environment

By Cynthia Momdjian
The Walt Disney Company Newsroom
September 16, 2014

Disney and National 4-H Council Join Together to Connect Youth to the Environment

Disney and 4-H are banding together in an exciting new program that aims to provide middle school aged youth from 6 urban areas around the U.S. with hands-on activities "that will enable them to discover and protect the planet we share." [+]

Rumination and Reprieve in Utah’s First Wilderness

By Leia Larsen
Standard Examiner
September 11, 2014

Rumination and Reprieve in Utah’s First Wilderness

A natural setting, community, and a sense of challenge: according to pioneer in wilderness therapy Madolyn Liebing, these are the ingredients that contribute to personal progress. [+]

Green Groups to New York City: Drop Dead

By Marielle Anzelone
Huffington Post
September 10, 2014

Green Groups to New York City: Drop Dead

Nature can be found and appreciated in the most unexpected places--like in the center of a bustling urban area, for example. But a number of major environmental organizations do not support programming for urban natural resources or for connecting urban youth with these resources. [+]

National Grant to Aid Fourth-graders’ Canal Trips

By Caurie Putnam
Democrat and Chronicle
September 09, 2014

National Grant to Aid Fourth-graders’ Canal Trips

A recipient of one of the National Park Foundation's Ticket to Ride Grants, the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor will now be able to provide free transportation and educational program funding to facilitate field trips for fourth graders throughout the state of New York. [+]

Pocket of Suburbia in Ridgefield Park Turned Into Oasis

By James M. O'Neill
Northjersey.com
September 09, 2014

Pocket of Suburbia in Ridgefield Park Turned Into Oasis

Retired New Jersey couple Steve and Linda Quinn were inspired by Richard Louv's "Last Child in the Woods" to turn a suburban plot of land near their home into an incredible miniature wildlife sanctuary for local children. [+]

New Guidelines to Bring Nature Play to Every Community

By NWF and NLI
National Wildlife Federation and Natural Learning Initiative
September 09, 2014

New Guidelines to Bring Nature Play to Every Community

National Wildlife Federation and Natural Learning Initiative released guidelines this week for creating and managing nature play and learning places. The guidelines draw from principal author Robin Moore’s extensive landscape design experience, case studies of 12 existing nature play areas across the country, and the contributions from the members of a national steering committee and a technical advisory committee, which consisted of representatives from more than 20 national organizations including the Children & Nature Network. The project was funded by the US Forest Service. [+]

Ugandans Neglect Backyard Beauty

By Priscilla Butagira
East African Business Week
September 05, 2014

Ugandans Neglect Backyard Beauty

From Bwindi to Queen Elizabeth to Murchison Falls, Uganda is rich with national parks. But for years, Ugandans have been vacationing out of the country. Why is this, and what can be done to encourage Ugandans to experience and appreciate the nature in their own backyards? [+]

Putting Nature at the Heart of Sustainable Cities

By Vaidehi Shah
Eco-Business
August 22, 2014

Putting Nature at the Heart of Sustainable Cities

British architect and sustainable design pioneer Andrew Grant believes that connection with nature is a fundamental human right. He and his firm are committed to bringing humans into closer contact with nature through landscape and urban design, with groundbreaking projects in Singapore and around the world. [+]

North Country School Expanding Edible Schoolyard

By Andy Flynn
Lake Placid News
September 04, 2014

North Country School Expanding Edible Schoolyard

The Edible Schoolyard Project, founded by Alice Waters in the 1990s in Berkeley, continues to grow in popularity as more schools recognize the importance of fostering the connection between young people and the food they eat. In Lake Placid, New York, the long-standing Edible Schoolyard 7th grade program is expanding to the whole school. [+]

Why You Should Get Your Kids Outside

By MeiMei Fox
Huffington Post
August 29, 2014

Why You Should Get Your Kids Outside

MeiMei Fox delves into a recent study by Nature Conservancy supported by Disney, which reveals that most American parents want to get their kids outdoors more often. This further supports the idea that parents should be their children's stewards, planning nature activities for the family and encouraging time spent outside. [+]

Reconnecting Children With the Natural World at Tall Pines School

Brampton Guardian
August 30, 2014

Reconnecting Children With the Natural World at Tall Pines School

From the beginning of time, humans have always thrived in the natural world. At Tall Pines School, located west of Toronto, nature is a vital and non-negotiable part of the curriculum, beginning with preschoolers and continuing until the students reach high school. [+]

Venture: Why Getting Kids Outside is No Walk in the Park

By Dawn Calleja
The Globe and Mail
August 28, 2014

Venture: Why Getting Kids Outside is No Walk in the Park

Fact: Natural play spaces keep kids engaged for much longer than flat, treeless playgrounds. Canadian dad, outdoor lover and entrepreneur Adam Bienenstock has envisioned and created more than 800 nature-based play spaces around the world. [+]

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