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Camp Waskowitz Will Be Free for All Highline Students

By Anonymous
Highline Public Schools
May 15, 2014

Camp Waskowitz Will Be Free for All Highline Students

Camp is an important part of the educational experience for students in Highline Public School District in Burien, WA. With that in mind, the district has moved to remove fees for all sixth graders attending Camp Waskowitz. [+]

Outdoor Exercise is more Beneficial than Indoor for Children

By Kathleen Lees
Science World Report

Outdoor Exercise is more Beneficial than Indoor for Children

A recent study conducted by researchers from the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom hones in on the advantages of outdoor activities. Findings showed that children who spent more time involved in exercise outdoors decreased their risk for obesity and other weight-related health issues. [+]

If You Want To Teach Kids History, Try Grossing Them Out First

By David Green
National Public Radio
May 19, 2014

If You Want To Teach Kids History, Try Grossing Them Out First

Children's book author Sarah Albee uses science (particularly the kind about creepy-crawly critters) as a way to get kids excited about history. Her new book, "Bugged: How Insects Changed History," encourages young readers to look at history, and nature, in a new way. [+]

Outdoor Play Can Enhance Kids’ Spirituality

By Rick Nauert PhD
PsychCentral
May 02, 2014

Outdoor Play Can Enhance Kids’ Spirituality

A new study by researchers at Michigan State University and Yale University and published in the "Journal of the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture," found that children who play in nature report having more self fulfillment and purpose than those that do not. [+]

Bipartisan Kids to Parks Day Push

By Mike Saccone
United States Senate
May 16, 2014

Bipartisan Kids to Parks Day Push

U.S. Senators Mark Udall, Rob Portman, Mary Landrieu, and Ron Wyden announce a bi-partisan resolution to encourages youth to pursue active lifestyles, conservation of nation's parks and open spaces in celebration of the 2014 Kids to Parks Day. [+]

Why You Should Take Your Work Outdoors

By Lisa Evans
Entrepreneur
May 15, 2014

Why You Should Take Your Work Outdoors

Getting outdoors can do great things for your health. Reducing stress, lowering blood pressure and improving immune function are among nature’s health benefits. That's as true for adults as it is for kids. Which is why you should take your work outdoors whenever possible. [+]

The Charlotte Observer’s Summer Camp Fund Helps Give Kids a Hefty Dose of Vitamin N, as in Nature

By Cristina Bolling
Charlotte Observer
May 10, 2014

The Charlotte Observer’s Summer Camp Fund Helps Give Kids a Hefty Dose of Vitamin N, as in Nature

A study soon to be released by the University of Illinois, tracked test results for children in more than 500 schools in the Chicago area. It found that the single greatest factor behind improved scores was the exposure of children to nature. [+]

7 Summer Supercamps You’ll Wish Were Around When You Were a Kid

By Feifei Sun
NationSwell
May 12, 2014

7 Summer Supercamps You’ll Wish Were Around When You Were a Kid

Some camps go beyond color wars and sing-alongs to solve our nation’s problems and help underserved populations. NationSwell has compiled a list of seven camps that are going above and beyond to make a difference in kids' lives. [+]

Bye-bye Screen Time, Kids Love to Play Outside

By Gwendolyn Tornatore
CLIF Kid
May 13, 2014

Bye-bye Screen Time, Kids Love to Play Outside

CLIF Kid® announces the launch of their fourth annual Backyard Game of the Year contest to promote outdoor play. The nationwide initiative invites kids ages six through 12 to create and submit an original backyard game, for the chance to win fun prizes. [+]

Nature deficit? New Program Aims to Get Kids Outdoors for Unstructured Fun

By Jody Robbins
Calgary Herald
May 09, 2014

Nature deficit? New Program Aims to Get Kids Outdoors for Unstructured Fun

Offering weekly eco adventures for the 4 to 14-year-olds, Nature’s Track’s Forest Play is a child-led, nature-based program in Calgary, Canada that teaches children how to navigate the landscape, while instilling a sense of independence and responsibility. [+]

Ecological Artists Create Sensory Benches in the Scottish Wilderness

By Anonymous
eNT Global News

Ecological Artists Create Sensory Benches in the Scottish Wilderness

Environmental artists Matthew Dalziel and Louise Scullion have created 30 benches in 12 locations in the wilds of Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland where people can lie back, relax and reconnect with the natural world. [+]

Book Inspired School to Seek Grants for Nature Area

By Courtney Stefancyk
The Houston Chronicle
May 06, 2014

Book Inspired School to Seek Grants for Nature Area

Inspired by the book "The Last Child in the Woods" by Richard Louv, and funded by the United States Conference of Mayors and The Scotts Miracle-Gro Co.'s GRO1000 Gardens and Green Spaces Program, community volunteers built an outdoor playground and classroom for nearly 400 preschoolers. [+]

2014 Youth Physical Activity Grade: D-

By PHIT America Staff
PHIT America
May 06, 2014

2014 Youth Physical Activity Grade: D-

The National Physical Activity Plan Alliance has released the first U.S. Report Card on National Physical Activity PlanPhysical Activity for Children and Youth, which says that U.S. children are falling far short when it comes to being active. [+]

Develop the Whole Child, Socially and Emotionally

By Chris Coleman
The Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 02, 2014

Develop the Whole Child, Socially and Emotionally

Chris Coleman, the mayor of St. Paul, Minnesota, writes about the importance of outdoor experiences in the life of a child. Not only are these opportunities an educational must-do in the mayor's mind, they are also vital to our shared economic future. [+]

Kids of New Jersey: Go Outside

By Michele S. Byers
Philly.com
April 14, 2014

Kids of New Jersey: Go Outside

The "Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights," was recently introduced in the New Jersey Senate. The bill encourages children - and their parents and teachers - to spend more time outdoors, discovering the joys and wonders of the natural world. [+]

Nature Literacy Class Shows Kids How Refreshing Nature Can Be

By Ruth Campbell
Southeast Missourian
May 25, 2014

Nature Literacy Class Shows Kids How Refreshing Nature Can Be

A Nature literacy program at Southeast Missouri State University connects children to the great outdoors while unplugging them from technology. Perhaps most importantly, the program is not only educational, it's fun. [+]

Diving into the Research Around Getting Kids Outdoors

By Jane Ward
Safe Routes to School National Partnership
April 09, 2014

Diving into the Research Around Getting Kids Outdoors

Jane Ward, research adviser for at the Safe Routes to Schools National Partnership, looks at the wide body of research suggesting US children are getting less and less time for unstructured playtime outdoors. [+]

Planting an Interest at Farm Camp

By Matty Hack
American Birding Association
April 22, 2014

Planting an Interest at Farm Camp

Matty Hack and his brother Benjamin at an outdoors retreat west of Ann Arbor, Michigan called Farm Camp. They have found particular joy in the nature/birding hikes and how campers of all ages delight in spotting in their natural habitats. [+]

Interior Department, National League of Cities and YMCA of the USA Join Forces to Connect Young People to the Outdoors

By Communications Staff
U.S. Department of the Interior

Interior Department, National League of Cities and YMCA of the USA Join Forces to Connect Young People to the Outdoors

The National League of Cities, the YMCA of the USA, and the Department of the Interior signed an agreement to coordinate efforts and work with grassroots organizations like C&NN to bridge the growing disconnect between young people and the great outdoors. [+]

The Mind Does Not Belong in a Cubicle

By Laura Smith
The Atlantic
April 28, 2014

The Mind Does Not Belong in a Cubicle

Our brains evolved to work most efficiently in natural environments. So why do we spend all our working hours in small, indoor spaces? A new book, "Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace," outlines where workplace culture "went wrong." [+]

If You Live Near A Park, You’re More Likely To Be Happy

By Ben Schiller
Fast Company
April 17, 2014

If You Live Near A Park, You’re More Likely To Be Happy

New research suggests that living near green spaces like parks and woods puts people in a better mental state, with "significant and sizable" effects. A new survey review by the University of Wisconsin-Madison seems to confirm the findings. [+]

Richard Louv Challenges Charlotte to Connect Children with Nature

By Observer Staff
Charlotte Observer
April 25, 2014

Richard Louv Challenges Charlotte to Connect Children with Nature

Author and C&NN chairman emeritus Richard Louv has issued a challenge to the city of Charlotte, N.C.: "Become America’s best city at connecting kids with nature." Though Louv hopes other cities will take up the gauntlet as well. [+]

Natural Leaders Network Announces Largest Gift; $200,000 from The REI Foundation

By Juan Martinez
Children & Nature Network
April 21, 2014

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]

Your Couch Is Far More Dangerous Than You Think

By Ben Klasky
Huffington Post, Parents
April 17, 2014

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. [+]

Student’s Effort Leads To School’s Elimination of Foam Trays

By Sarah Kingsbury
Franklin Home Page
April 21, 2014

Student’s Effort Leads To School’s Elimination of Foam Trays

A Tennessee eighth-grader so strongly opposed to the Styrofoam trays his school used that he refused to eat off of them. Thanks to his efforts, the school district has eliminated the environmentally harmful product from its entire system. [+]

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