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The Last Generation of Kids That Played Outside

By Nate Hanson
Huffington Post

The Last Generation of Kids That Played Outside

To foster the next generation of technological innovators, writer Nate Hanson argues that we actually need to pull our kids away from technology and take them outdoors to play with pinecones and sticks. [+]

Empowering the Next Generation to Connect with Nature

By Nikita Lopoukhine, Keith Wheeler et al.
CEC Talks Nature
November 12, 2014

Empowering the Next Generation to Connect with Nature

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature's Commission on Education and Communication published a report discussing the challenges in connecting youth with nature and highlighting Children & Nature Network's role in this movement. [+]

Free-play Advocates Want More Rough and Tumble Play for Their Kids

By Alex Resila
CNY Central
November 09, 2014

Free-play Advocates Want More Rough and Tumble Play for Their Kids

Ithaca's Hands On Nature Anarchy Zone has attracted free play advocates from around the country who see the zone as a model of a natural playscape that they can recreate in their own communities. [+]

Land Trust Alliance Teams with Environmental, Health Allies to Combat National Health Crisis of Nature Deficit Disorder

By Joshua Lynsen
The Land Trust Alliance
November 13, 2014

Land Trust Alliance Teams with Environmental, Health Allies to Combat National Health Crisis of Nature Deficit Disorder

The Land Trust Alliance, a national land conservation organization working to save the places people need and love by strengthening land conservation across America, has teamed with allies from across conservation and health sectors to announce today an initiative to combat nature deficit disorder, a national health crisis with substantial economic and social implications. [+]

Forecast Calls for Fun

By Jack Moran
The Register-Guard
November 09, 2014

Forecast Calls for Fun

Oregon's annual Play in the Rain Day, an effort affiliated with Children & Nature Network, is designed to empower and encourage families to get outside to play, no matter the season. [+]

Do National Parks Need Wi-Fi to Stay Relevant?

By Jessica Plautz
Mashable
November 03, 2014

Do National Parks Need Wi-Fi to Stay Relevant?

"If a teenager takes a selfie in a national park and no one sees it, did it really happen?" Jessica Plautz discusses whether national parks need wi-fi and other technologies to remain relevant. [+]

Sun Ray Library Re-opens Nov. 8

By Patrick Larkin
Lillie News
November 06, 2014

Sun Ray Library Re-opens Nov. 8

After nearly a year of renovations, the all new Sun Ray Library has re-opened, complete with natural features throughout the space. This project was made possible in part through a partnership between the Saint Paul Public Library and Children & Nature Network. [+]

Healthy Play Outdoors Means Healthy Kids

By Barbara Tulipane
Parks & Recreation
November 01, 2014

Healthy Play Outdoors Means Healthy Kids

Parks & Recreation Magazine recognizes the significance of 2014's Nature Play guide, but asserts that we need to continue to work hard to make nature a real part of life for this generation's kids. [+]

Sweating the Trail Details In the National Parks: Maintaining Rocky Mountain National Park Trails

By Kurt Repanshek
National Parks Traveler
November 04, 2014

Sweating the Trail Details In the National Parks: Maintaining Rocky Mountain National Park Trails

Cultivating the next generation of outdoor leaders while protecting the valuable trails and landscapes of Rocky Mountain National Park, the Rocky Mountain Conservancy provided on-the-ground training to dozens of conservation corps interns this past summer. [+]

City Kids Go Outdoors Program Teaches About Santa Ana Watershed

By Redlands Conservancy
Redlands Daily Facts
November 04, 2014

City Kids Go Outdoors Program Teaches About Santa Ana Watershed

Southern California's City Kids Go Outdoors Program teaches middle schoolers about their local watershed through hands-on three dimensional modeling, helping them understand the various impacts their actions can have on the health of the local water system. [+]

Getting Kids Outdoors: The Nature of Boys

By Alison Berry
Petoskey News
November 06, 2014

Getting Kids Outdoors: The Nature of Boys

Michigan mom and Getting Kids Outdoors co-founder Alison Berry believes that the best way to nurture the impressive energy and sense of adventure of kids - especially boys - is to get them out in nature as much as possible. [+]

Why Free Play is Key to Young Athletes’ Success

By Blair Crawford
Ottawa Citzen
October 30, 2014

Why Free Play is Key to Young Athletes’ Success

Yet another take on structured vs. unstructured play, this time through the lens of youth sports and the extremes some parents push their children to. In truth, some of the most creative and skilled athletes of our time were those who engaged in free play from a young age. [+]

Are ‘Playdates’ Ruining Child’s Play?

By Karen D'Souza
San Jose Mercury News
October 27, 2014

Are ‘Playdates’ Ruining Child’s Play?

Are scheduled playdates ruining childhood? Must we structure and formalize something that in past generations came naturally? Karen D'Souza delves into this contentious topic. [+]

Children ‘Prefer to Play Outdoors Than Watch TV’

BBC
October 28, 2014

Children ‘Prefer to Play Outdoors Than Watch TV’

A recent poll conducted by the Eureka Children's Museum in the UK interestingly found that while over 80 percent of children surveyed prefer playing outside to watching TV, many of their parents do not allow them to play outside of the home, due to a variety of different concerns. [+]

Oregon Schoolkids Need More Than Three Days of Outdoor School

By Edward Wolf
The Oregonian
October 25, 2014

Oregon Schoolkids Need More Than Three Days of Outdoor School

For many of us, outdoor school is one of our fondest grade school memories. But in some areas, budget cuts have forced school districts to significantly reduce the outdoor school experience. What can be done to protect opportunities for all schoolchildren to connect with nature? [+]

Magical Gardens for the Blind, Deaf, and Disabled

By Elizabeth Picciuto
Daily Beast
October 22, 2014

Magical Gardens for the Blind, Deaf, and Disabled

At the very special Stephen Knolls public school in Maryland, children with a variety of severe disabilities thrive, due in no small part to the school's dynamic sensory garden program. [+]

Children & Nature Network’s Natural Leaders Network Presents Inaugural Legacy Award to Local Outdoor Champions

By Juan Martinez
Children & Nature Network
October 28, 2014

Children & Nature Network’s Natural Leaders Network Presents Inaugural Legacy Award to Local Outdoor Champions

The inaugural legacy award recognizes Kimberly Contreras, Elizabeth Hernandez-Osorio, and Dennise Lazaro for demonstrating leadership in outdoor recreation and conservation to create a healthier Tri-Cities area in Washington.

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What Do Parents Fear? Unwrapping the Bubble-wrap Generation

By Jan Nicholson, et. al
The Conversation
October 14, 2014

What Do Parents Fear? Unwrapping the Bubble-wrap Generation

Are we are raising a bubble wrap generation? An Australian study shows that understanding parental fears plays a major role in building confidence to allow more independent play, not less. [+]

10 Ways to Get Your Kids Out in Nature, and Why it Matters

By Lauren Knight
The Washington Post
October 21, 2014

10 Ways to Get Your Kids Out in Nature, and Why it Matters

From reading about nature with your child to limiting distractions while outdoors, this article offers 10 ways to get your kids out in nature ... and discusses just why it's so vital. [+]

Island Life Promotes Raising ‘Free Range Kids’

By Courtney Naliboff
The Working Waterfront
October 20, 2014

Island Life Promotes Raising ‘Free Range Kids’

The island community of North Haven is the ideal place to raise a free-range kid today. But why? The author argues that the combination of small-town safety and familiarity combined with the security of a closed system (an island) gives parents the confidence to let their kids run free. [+]

Girl Scouts Debate Their Place in a Changing World

By Jennifer Dobner
New York Times
October 19, 2014

Girl Scouts Debate Their Place in a Changing World

Though the Girl Scouts of America have evolved over the decades to meet the needs and interests of the new generation, a commitment to time spent in nature remains as important as ever. [+]

Green Space Makes for Better Students

By Dave Levitan
Conservation Magazine
October 14, 2014

Green Space Makes for Better Students

A landmark collaborative study conducted with elementary school students in Massachusetts found that students attending schools surrounded by a great deal of vegetation performed significantly better on standardized tests than schoolchildren in settings that were not as green. [+]

New Course, “Literacy, Inquiry, Nature for Librarians,” Offered

By Diane Stirling
Syracuse University
October 13, 2014

New Course, “Literacy, Inquiry, Nature for Librarians,” Offered

At Syracuse University, librarians and other educators can now take an incredibly unique 8-week course that will help them guide elementary and middle school students in learning about the natural environment. [+]

Nonprofit Celebrates 60 Years Teaching Earth Stewardship

By Stephen Autar
Times-Call
October 13, 2014

Nonprofit Celebrates 60 Years Teaching Earth Stewardship

A Boulder County nonprofit celebrates an impressive 60 years of connecting more than a quarter of a million children to nature with its environmental education programs. We applaud you! [+]

American Camp Association® and the Children & Nature Network Announce a Partnership to Connect Children and Families to Nature

American Camp Association
October 10, 2014

American Camp Association® and the Children & Nature Network Announce a  Partnership to Connect Children and Families to Nature

The American Camp Association and the Children & Nature Network are partnering with the goal of furthering the common goals of both organizations to significantly increase opportunities for children to get outside and experience nature. [+]

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