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The C&NN news archive offers access to the latest media coverage of the children and nature movement. This ever-expanding archive connects leaders and organizers, parents, youth, civic leaders, educators and health-care providers to a growing body of articles dating back to 2007. For a comprehensive C&NN database search, use the advanced search feature to scan news center articles, C&NN's annotated research bibliographies, and the C&NN blog.
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8 Ways to Nurture Your Children’s Connection to Nature

By Dr. Jim Taylor
Huffington Post
January 12, 2015

8 Ways to Nurture Your Children’s Connection to Nature

If we help our kids develop a deep connection with nature, we can be hopeful that this will result in a commitment to and sense of stewardship for the future health of our planet. Here's how. [+]

Exhibition is Child’s Play

By Taryn Utiger
Taranaki Daily News
January 09, 2015

Exhibition is Child’s Play

Imagination Playground, a portable, interactive and transformable concept offers kids with a variety of different play needs the opportunity to direct and create their own play experience without limitations. [+]

National Parks Visits Hit Record 294 Million in 2014

By Editors
Outside Magazine
January 09, 2015

National Parks Visits Hit Record 294 Million in 2014

If current statistics are any indication, we're experiencing a shift--toward nature. In 2014, the national parks hit a record 294 million visits, up 20 million from the previous year. [+]

iPad Baby Seat Raises Questions About Infants and Tech

CBC News
December 10, 2014

iPad Baby Seat Raises Questions About Infants and Tech

Though pediatricians agree that screen time is not recommended for children under 2, a new infant bouncy seat features an iPad mount. What can we do to go back to the basics when it comes to engaging our little ones in the face of these trends? [+]

Timbernook, Award-Winning Children’s Developmental Nature Program, Comes to South Florida

By Michelle Brown
Timbernook Miami
January 05, 2015

Timbernook, Award-Winning Children’s Developmental Nature Program, Comes to South Florida

TimberNook, an innovative nature-based developmental program for children, is launching TimberNook camps in South Dade this February. Miami will be Florida's first TimberNook location. [+]

Kids Learn to Survive the Elements at Nature Center

By Earl Horlyk
Sioux City Journal
January 02, 2015

Kids Learn to Survive the Elements at Nature Center

Sioux City's Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center offers kids a unique nature survival training program, designed to prepare young people for the unexpected things they might face while experiencing the great outdoors. [+]

REAP Supports Early Childhood Development Program

By Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Globe Gazette
December 31, 2014

REAP Supports Early Childhood Development Program

A win for Iowa preschool children: thanks to REAP Conservation Education Program grants, nature and the outdoors are being integrated into northwest Iowa early education classrooms. [+]

7 National Parks in Nebraska, Iowa Pour More Than $23 Million Into Local Economies

By David Hendee
Omaha.com
January 03, 2015

7 National Parks in Nebraska, Iowa Pour More Than $23 Million Into Local Economies

National parks are not only the perfect places to make deep and meaningful connections with the natural places around us. They also help boost the economies of the towns they call home. [+]

For Many Wilderness Youth Project Kids, Time in Nature a Transformative Experience — Inside and Out

By Melissa Walker
Noozhawk
December 20, 2014

For Many Wilderness Youth Project Kids, Time in Nature a Transformative Experience — Inside and Out

Santa Barbara's Wilderness Youth Project utilizes mentoring and engaging outdoor activities for young people with the goal of creating future stewards of the environment. [+]

Exclusive: Boy’s Letter to Santa, ‘I Just Wanna Be Safe,’ Gets Heartfelt Response From Obama

By Maudlyne Ihejirika
Chicago Sun Times
December 28, 2014

Exclusive: Boy’s Letter to Santa, ‘I Just Wanna Be Safe,’ Gets Heartfelt Response From Obama

When 13-year-old Malik from Chicago wrote to Santa asking to feel safe enough to play in his own neighborhood, he never expected to receive a letter back from President Obama. [+]

For City Parks, 2014 Was the Year That Was (Great)!

By Adrian Benepe
Huffington Post
December 26, 2014

For City Parks, 2014 Was the Year That Was (Great)!

2014 was important for the children and nature movement in many ways, including being the "year that was" for parks and open space, with record levels of new investment in some states and cities. [+]

Expanding Environment Education by Attracting Fundraisers and Policy Makers

By Autumn Johnson
Patch
December 25, 2014

Expanding Environment Education by Attracting Fundraisers and Policy Makers

Two Bay Area educators are teaming up to bring comprehensive environmental education, which is still relatively rare due to shifting budget priorities, to local elementary schools. [+]

Forget Grey Nomads, Young Australians Love to Caravan and Camp

By Melanie Kembrey
WA Today
December 25, 2014

Forget Grey Nomads, Young Australians Love to Caravan and Camp

In Australia, young adults and young families are camping and caravaning more than ever. Why? It's fun and affordable, and getting out in nature is a perfect way to connect as a family. [+]

The Great Fear of the Great Outdoors

By Gary Ferguson
Los Angeles Times
December 19, 2014

The Great Fear of the Great Outdoors

Gary Ferguson comments on our growing unease about being in nature, due not only to our discomfort from being "disconnected," but also the fear-inducing portrayal of wilderness in the media. [+]

5 Ways To Encourage Kids To Grow Up To Be Innovators

By Gwen Moran
Fast Company
December 16, 2014

5 Ways To Encourage Kids To Grow Up To Be Innovators

How can we foster the creativity that is innate in young children in ways that will support their future successes? The answer is in 5 basic principles, all of which can be cultivated outdoors in nature. [+]

The Point Lobos Foundation Brings Together Nature and Technology in New Learning Tool

By Alexandra Videmsky
Monterey County Weekly
December 18, 2014

The Point Lobos Foundation Brings Together Nature and Technology in New Learning Tool

The Point Lobos Foundation is embracing the positive value of technology with an iPad app aimed at getting children excited about visiting and learning all they can about the natural reserve. [+]

To Get Kids to the Wilderness, Oakland Group Trains and Equips Trip Leaders

By Rachel Hiles
Bay Nature
December 15, 2014

To Get Kids to the Wilderness, Oakland Group Trains and Equips Trip Leaders

Bay Area Wilderness Training, an Earth Island Institute Project, gives young people firsthand, culturally-relevant wilderness experiences, as well as creates opportunities for their educators to receive outdoor leadership training. [+]

How do You Tell Your Kids the World is Falling Apart?

By Lindsay Abrams
Salon.com

How do You Tell Your Kids the World is Falling Apart?

A new show aims to explain the complex and often frightening issues of our time to kids using a straightforward, science-based, pragmatic approach--as well as stories and music! [+]

Youth Leader Yusuf Burgess, 64

By Lauren Stanforth
Times Union
December 10, 2014

Youth Leader Yusuf Burgess, 64

In 2014, the children and nature movement lost one of its most inspiring leaders. Brother Yusuf Burgess will forever be remembered for his dedication to young people and his tireless efforts to connect them with wild places. [+]

Forest Schools: Fires, Trees and Mud Pies

By Patrick Barkham
The Guardian UK
December 09, 2014

Forest Schools: Fires, Trees and Mud Pies

Forest schools are taking the UK by storm, and some, such as the new Dandelion School, have no indoors at all. Can these nursery schools adequately prepare children for the rigors of modern elementary school? [+]

Critics Say Doubling Cost to Enter Yellowstone and Grand Teton Parks Prices People Out

By The Associated Press
Casper Star Tribune
December 08, 2014

Critics Say Doubling Cost to Enter Yellowstone and Grand Teton Parks Prices People Out

With accessibility to national parks already proving to be challenging for some groups of people, critics are decrying a proposed fee hike at Yellowstone and Grand Teton parks, worried that it will price many families who wish to visit out. [+]

Returning to Our Home in the Woods

By Joe Hackett
Lake Placid News
December 06, 2014

Returning to Our Home in the Woods

A thoughtful commentary on wild places being our instinctive home as humans and just how essential it is for us to find a way back to nature as a way of life. [+]

Unknowns In Terms Of Funding And Personnel Await New Units Of National Park System

By Kurt Repanshek
National Parks Traveler
December 15, 2014

Unknowns In Terms Of Funding And Personnel Await New Units Of National Park System

The new defense bill passed by Senate last week also calls for an extensive National Park Service expansion. But there is no specified funding or guidelines to carry the expansion out, which begs the question, when will it actually happen? [+]

Connecting With Nature? There’s an App for That

By Ben Klasky
Huffington Post
December 04, 2014

Connecting With Nature? There’s an App for That

IslandWood president and CEO Ben Klasky argues that designating the outdoors as a "technology-free zone" detracts from the larger movement to get our kids outside, and that well-designed technologies can get kids really excited about nature. [+]

Multigenerational Playgrounds Serve Kids, Parents, Grandparents

By Diane C. Lade
Pocono Record
December 03, 2014

Multigenerational Playgrounds Serve Kids, Parents, Grandparents

Outdoor exercise stations and walking paths next to slides, swings and monkey bars: Wonderful, functional multigenerational playgrounds are popping up in areas where retirement communities sit next to family-friendly subdivisions. [+]

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