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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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Outdoors Alliance for Kids, 300+ Youth Launch Great Outdoors America Week on Anacostia River

By Virginia Cramer
Outdoor Alliance for Kids
June 25, 2014

Outdoors Alliance for Kids, 300+ Youth Launch Great Outdoors America Week on Anacostia River

Earlier this week, the Outdoor Alliance for Kids (of which C&NN is a member) launched Great Outdoors America Week at a grand celebration on the Anacostia River. Asst. Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) Jo-Ellen Darcy, and Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman participated in the event intended to inspire more children to connect with nature. [+]

Kids Whose Time Is Less Structured Are Better Able To Meet Their Own Goals, Study Says

By Anonymous
Health Canal

Kids Whose Time Is Less Structured Are Better Able To Meet Their Own Goals, Study Says

Children who spend more time in less structured activities—from playing outside to reading books to visiting the zoo—are better able to set their own goals and take actions to meet those goals without prodding from adults, according to a new study by the University of Colorado Boulder. [+]

Natural Leaders Network Host BUILDING THE NEXT GENERATION OF DIVERSE NATURE-SMART LEADERS Congressional Briefing

By Juan Martinez
Children & Nature Network
June 24, 2014

Natural Leaders Network Host BUILDING THE NEXT GENERATION OF DIVERSE NATURE-SMART LEADERS Congressional Briefing

Timed with Great Outdoors America Week, the Children and Nature Network's Natural Leaders' briefing to congress on June 24th highlighted the role of Latino youth in the future of conservation and outdoor recreation Movements. [+]

Doctor’s Orders: More Outdoor Time For Kids

By Sharol Nelson-Embry
KQUE
June 20, 2014

Doctor’s Orders: More Outdoor Time For Kids

A growing number of physicians are concerned with children’s health and their disconnection from nature and the outdoors. The statistics are alarming, with obesity affecting one-quarter to more than one-third of young people in the United States. Getting young people into nature might be just the prescription. [+]

Children in Nature: Creating an Optimistic Future

By Blair Smith
Evergreen
June 06, 2014

Children in Nature: Creating an Optimistic Future

In May, Richard Louv, Jennifer Keesmaat, Chief Planner for the City of Toronto, and Cam Collyer, Director of Programs at Evergreen, gathered in Toronto for "Nature-Smart Communities": a conversation about the future of children in nature. [+]

Outdoor Experiences Help Girls Develop 21st Century Leadership Skills

By Sarita Bhargava
Nature Rocks
June 17, 2014

Outdoor Experiences Help Girls Develop 21st Century Leadership Skills

A new study by the Girl Scout Research Institute "More Than S'mores" suggests girls who spend time outdoors regularly surpass their peers who spend less time outdoors in environmental stewardship, readily seek more challenges and are better problem-solvers. [+]

San Francisco May Allow Empty Lots be Designated as Agricultural Zones

By Tara Duggan
Inside Scoop SF
June 18, 2014

San Francisco May Allow Empty Lots be Designated as Agricultural Zones

San Francisco officials are considering a new Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone Ordinance that would allow land owners to take advantage of a property tax break when they allow a parcel of land to be used for agriculture and educational purposes. [+]

The Nature of Learning

By Margot Kahn Case
Alaska Airlines Magazine
June 12, 2014

The Nature of Learning

Environmental education centers connect children to science and the outdoors. Their work, and that of many organizations in the New Nature Movement, is increasingly critical as more and more children develop sedentary and indoor lifestyles. [+]

Kick Nature-Deficit Disorder to the Curb: Celebrating Great Outdoors Month

By Jackie Ostfeld
Huffington Post, Sports
June 11, 2014

Kick Nature-Deficit Disorder to the Curb: Celebrating Great Outdoors Month

June is Great Outdoors Month in the United States. Jackie Ostfeld of the Sierra Club thinks it is a great opportunity to kick Nature-Deficit Disorder (the trend of more sedentary and indoor lives, especially among children) to the curb. [+]

5 Ways Summer Camp Helps Your Child Prepare for Adulthood

By Todd Kestin
Huffington Post, Parents
May 30, 2014

5 Ways Summer Camp Helps Your Child Prepare for Adulthood

Every year, countless kids and teens make new friends, create new memories, and have a lot of fun at summer camp. Life Skills Mentor Todd Kestin argues that camp also helps prepare young people for success as adults and equips them with valuable life skills. [+]

10 Ways to Give Your Kids an Honest-to-Goodness 1970s Summer

By Melissa Fenton
Huffington Post
June 11, 2014

10 Ways to Give Your Kids an Honest-to-Goodness 1970s Summer

Summer is the ideal time for families to get back to the simple pleasures in life. Writer Melissa Fenton has some suggestions for having some classic fun, including spending lots of time outdoors. [+]

Holding on to Play: Reflecting on Experiences as a Playful K–3 Teacher

By Lisa D. Wood
National Association for the Education of Young Children
May 31, 2014

Holding on to Play: Reflecting on Experiences as a Playful K–3 Teacher

Lisa D. Wood, associate instructor and doctoral candidate in the Curriculum and Instruction, Early Childhood and Art Education program at Indiana University, reflects on the challenges and triumphs of incorporating play into her curriculum as a K-3 teacher. [+]

Seattle Opens Up Neighborhood Streets for Kids to Play

By Angie Schmitt
StreetsBlog USA
June 05, 2014

Seattle Opens Up Neighborhood Streets for Kids to Play

Seattle’s new “Play Streets” program allows community groups to apply for permits to keep traffic off their block specifically to establish safe, temporary spaces for children to play. The initiative is modeled off successful programs in New York and San Francisco. [+]

Kids Need Outdoor Play, Not Just Sports, Say Experts

By Lauren La Rose
CTV News
June 03, 2014

Kids Need Outdoor Play, Not Just Sports, Say Experts

As many children in the North America and Europe prepare for summer sports camps and leagues, many experts are urging parents to include unstructured play in the kids' schedules. Learning to play freely outdoors may prove invaluable for youth development. [+]

Let Nature Take its Course to Improve Your Health

By Kim Painter
USA Today
June 08, 2014

Let Nature Take its Course to Improve Your Health

The benefits of spending time outdoors are profound. From improved attention to better physical fitness, there is a lot to get out of spending time outdoors. Kim Painter outlines the biological basis for these benefits and offers some tips on making the most of your time out-of-doors. [+]

Hitting the Wellness Trail

By Marc Gorelick
Starting with Curious
June 06, 2014

Hitting the Wellness Trail

Marc Gorelick, a pediatric emergency physician at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, has noted a growing awareness of the power of nature to heal, both anecdotally and professionally. He imagines a world where all hospitals have outdoor spaces for patients to wander and connect with nature. [+]

Minneapolis Park System Ranked Best In The U.S.

By Laila Kearney
Huffington Post
May 29, 2014

Minneapolis Park System Ranked Best In The U.S.

The Minneapolis parks system topped the Trust for Public Land's third "ParkScore" survey, which ranks the quality of parks in the 60 largest U.S. cities, winning the honor of "Best Park System" for the second year in a row. [+]

Why Kids Who Play Outside Develop Better Life Skills

By Robyn Courtney
Fraser Coast Chronicle
May 20, 2014

Why Kids Who Play Outside Develop Better Life Skills

More and more research shows that young people participating in more outdoor activities develop vital life skills. But how do parents and educators make time for that in an increasingly busy world? One Australian organization has some suggestions.
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Governor Quinn Proclaims June ‘Leave No Child Inside’ Month in Illinois

By Brooke Anderson
Illinois Department of Natural Resources
June 01, 2014

Governor Quinn Proclaims June ‘Leave No Child Inside’ Month in Illinois

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn today proclaimed June as “Leave No Child Inside” month in the state, and encouraged families to spend time outdoors enjoying recreation opportunities, activities and events throughout the state. [+]

The Value of Unstructured Play Time for Kids

By Tom Jacobs
Pacific Standard
May 09, 2014

The Value of Unstructured Play Time for Kids

A study by German psychologists found that people who were allowed to play freely as children have greater social success as adults. While the study notes that unstructured play is not the only factor in adult success, researchers were surprised by the high correlation between the two. [+]

Let Kids Run Wild in the Woods

By Emma Marris
Slate
May 25, 2014

Let Kids Run Wild in the Woods

An interaction with a 9 year-old boy at Mount Mitchell State Park in North Carolina changed how Matthew Browning worked to connect kids to nature. Now a part of C&NN's Natural Leaders cohort, Browning advocates for the simple, unstructured natural experience of days gone by. [+]

Natural Leaders Network Partners with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to Create a Pipeline of Jobs for Diverse Young Leaders

By Juan Martinez
Children & Nature Network
May 28, 2014

Natural Leaders Network Partners with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to Create a Pipeline of Jobs for Diverse Young Leaders

Partnership seeks to foster a better understanding of the role of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in supporting the next generation of “nature-smart” leaders [+]

Healthy Kids Outdoors Act to Reconnect Kids With Nature

By Christina Batcheler
Outdoor Alliance for Kids
May 21, 2014

Healthy Kids Outdoors Act to Reconnect Kids With Nature

New legislation introduced by Ron Kind (D-WI) and Senator Mark Udall (D-CO) aims to improve kids’ physical, mental and social health. Supported by the Outdoors Alliance for Kids (OAK), the Healthy Kids Outdoors Act would support state, local and federal strategies to reconnect Americans with nature. [+]

Can This Industrial Designer Get Children Back Outside?

By Anonymous
Natural Start
May 15, 2014

Can This Industrial Designer Get Children Back Outside?

Christina Kazakia designed flexible silicone connectors as part of her graduate thesis in Industrial Design at the Rhode Island School of Design. Her goal with the project is to engage children with their surrounding natural environment. [+]

Beyond the Harvest: Five Ways Gardens Support Your Health

By Jill Metzler Patton
EXPERIENCE L!FE
May 23, 2014

Beyond the Harvest: Five Ways Gardens Support Your Health

Garden produce provides nutritional benefits, but the very act of digging in the dirt nurtures mind, body, and soul. This feature in "EXPERIENCE L!FE" magazine details some of the benefits of outdoor gardening and features a Q&A with Richard Louv on overcoming Nature Deficit Disorder. [+]

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