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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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Children & Nature Network’s Family Nature Clubs in a New Spotlight with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums

By Janice Swaisgood
Children & Nature Network
August 07, 2014

Children & Nature Network’s Family Nature Clubs in a New Spotlight with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums

More than $200,000 in nature play grants have been awarded to 30 accredited zoos and aquariums as part of a new AZA Nature Play initiative designed to help them increase or enhance family-centered nature experiences and Family Nature Clubs in their communities. [+]

A Meadow Comes to Downtown Waltham

By Barbara Passero
Waltham News Tribune
August 05, 2014

A Meadow Comes to Downtown Waltham

Students are creating the very first man-made meadow in Waltham, Massachusets. Meadowscaping for Biodiversity, an outdoor, project-based, environmental education program for middle school youth, is part of Waltham's healing-the-environment-through-education program. [+]

Risky Play and Skinned Knees are Key to Healthy Child Development

By Andrea Gordon
Toronto Star
July 29, 2014

Risky Play and Skinned Knees are Key to Healthy Child Development

Kids at Green City Adventure Camp haul logs, stumps, bricks and sticks to make forts at the Brick Works. Being active in the outdoors may have risks but it's also part of learning and growing. [+]

Kids Name the Darnedest Animals

By Elizabeth Preston
Discover Magazine
August 05, 2014

Kids Name the Darnedest Animals

In this Argentinian study, urban, suburban and indigenous students each had their own unique understanding of nature. Given their lifestyles, the differences made sense, but researchers were surprised by how consistent those differences were. [+]

Benefits Abound for Outdoor Enthusiasts

By Jan Wiese-Fales
Columbia Daily Tribune
July 27, 2014

Benefits Abound for Outdoor Enthusiasts

A survey conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) in May showed that younger adults reported spending less time outdoors than their elders, and adults age 55 were more likely to report spending time outside on a daily basis.
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Better Out Than In: Westgarth Bush Kindergarten Plunges Kids Back Into Nature

By Miki Perkins
The Age Victoria
July 26, 2014

Better Out Than In: Westgarth Bush Kindergarten Plunges Kids Back Into Nature

Westgarth, based on the European example of forest kindergartens, was established three years ago, but it’s a concept that has spread like wildfire; there are at least eight now in Melbourne and regional Victoria and that number is growing.
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Ohio 8-Year-Old Wins CLIF Kid Backyard Game of the Year Contest

By CLIF Kid
July 29, 2014

Ohio 8-Year-Old Wins CLIF Kid Backyard Game of the Year Contest

CLIF Kid® announced the winning game of its fourth annual Backyard Game of the Year contest. This year's winning game, “Shadow Jumpers”, falls in the "Nature" play category and helps to inspire others to play outside in nature. [+]

Are Gadgets Ruining Family Time and Stopping Kids Playing Outside in the Summer Holidays?

By This is Local London
July 24, 2014

Are Gadgets Ruining Family Time and Stopping Kids Playing Outside in the Summer Holidays?

New research has painted a negative picture of how technology is affecting children’s love of the great outdoors. A quarter of Londoners polled say they wouldn’t even be able to get their family out of the house for a day in the fresh air without them being glued to their smartphones. [+]

Rx: 50 mg Nature, Ad Lib

By Laura Smith
Slate
July 25, 2014

Rx: 50 mg Nature, Ad Lib

Doctors are prescribing a walk in the park for conditions as wide-ranging as ADHD, high blood pressure, asthma, obesity, anxiety, diabetes, and depression. [+]

How Much Independence Should Children Have?

By Dr Frank Furedi
independent
July 30, 2014

How Much Independence Should Children Have?

In 2001, as adult supervision seemed to be extending into every aspect of children's lives, Frank Furedi wrote the seminal 'Paranoid Parenting'. Now, as a mother who let her nine-year-old go to the park alone is jailed for abandonment, he realises that the problem is far worse than even he imagined then. [+]

Association of Zoos & Aquariums Awards 30 Nature Play Grants

By Association of Zoos and Aquariums
July 22, 2014

Association of Zoos & Aquariums Awards 30 Nature Play Grants

The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) announced the recipients of 30 “Nature Play Begins at Your Zoo & Aquarium” grants. Supported through a special gift from the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, these competitive grants, selected through a rigorous review by a panel of industry experts, are being presented to accredited zoos and aquariums to encourage family nature play and conservation education. [+]

Natural-terrain Schoolyards Reduce Children’s Stress, Says CU-Boulder Study

By University of Colorado Boulder
July 22, 2014

Natural-terrain Schoolyards Reduce Children’s Stress, Says CU-Boulder Study

Playing in schoolyards that feature natural habitats and trees and not just asphalt and recreation equipment reduces children’s stress and inattention, according to a University of Colorado Boulder study. Natural-terrain schoolyards -- with dirt, scrub oak and water features, for example -- foster supportive relationships and feelings of competence, the researchers found.

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Outdoor Education: Children Develop Sensory Integration Skills

By By Joel Kost
Foster's Daily Democrat
July 20, 2014

Outdoor Education: Children Develop Sensory Integration Skills

Using her experience in pediatric occupation therapy and her background in kinesiology, pediatric occupational therapist Angela Hanscom has created a program that places children outdoors while treating many of their sensory issues.
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Who’s Afraid of “Big Bad Nature”? Far Too Many Kids

By Marc Bekoff, Ph.D.
Psychology Today
July 11, 2014

Who’s Afraid of “Big Bad Nature”? Far Too Many Kids

Rangers at National Wildlife Refuges are discovering a new phenomenon this summer: young visitors are often scared of nature, whether it’s creepy crawlies, spiders, bats, snakes, or sometimes even ladybugs and fish. [+]

No Walls, No Classrooms: London’s First Forest Nursery School Lets Kids Learn in the Woods

By Siobhan Starrs
Associated Press
July 19, 2014

No Walls, No Classrooms: London’s First Forest Nursery School Lets Kids Learn in the Woods

London's "Into the Woods" forest nursery was opened in April following a trend by educators in Scandinavia, Germany and Scotland. These forest nurseries allow local children to learn, and let their imagination run free, completely surrounded by nature.
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Primary care practices to provide patients with 10,000 state park passes

By Maine State Bureau of Parks and Lands and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation - See more at: http://www.letsgo.org/news/did-s
5210 Let's GO!
July 10, 2014

Primary care practices to provide patients with 10,000 state park passes

Primary care physicians at 124 practices across Maine who participate in the Let’s Go! program will be able to provide their patients and families with more than 10,000 free Maine State Parks passes courtesy of the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s Bureau of Parks and Lands, Let’s Go! and the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation. The free pass is good at any of Maine’s 48 state parks and historic sites, with the exception of Baxter State Park, and valid through December 2014. [+]

To Make Children Healthier, A Doctor Prescribes A Trip To The Park

By Sam Sanders and Steven Jackson
SHOTS Health News from NPR
July 14, 2014

To Make Children Healthier, A Doctor Prescribes A Trip To The Park

Zarr, a pediatrician at a clinic that serves low-income and uninsured families in Washington, D.C., has come up with a groundbreaking strategy to give his young patients very specific recommendations for physical activity including prescriptions for time spent outdoors with a map to nearby parks. [+]

Natural Leaders Network Ramping up for Third Annual Legacy Camp

By Natural Leaders Network
C&NN
July 17, 2014

Natural Leaders Network Ramping up for Third Annual Legacy Camp

Event convened by the Children & Nature Network’s Natural Leaders will focus on training young, diverse leaders in community leadership development and providing skills training for leading nature-based outings [+] [PDF]

Hugh Dennis Launches National Trust Campaign to Get Children Playing Outdoors

By Natalie Paris
Telegraph Media Group

Hugh Dennis Launches National Trust Campaign to Get Children Playing Outdoors

Hugh Dennis, the comedian who played the beleaguered dad in Outnumbered, helps launch the National Trust's “50 Things to do before you’re 11 ¾” campaign [+]

Sorry, Gym Rats: Why Exercising Outside May Be Better for Your Health

By Dr. Greg Wells
The Globe and Mail
June 16, 2014

Sorry, Gym Rats: Why Exercising Outside May Be Better for Your Health

Exercising in nature has benefits that go above and beyond the benefits you gain by exercising indoors. Research has shown improvements in mental well-being, self-esteem and can even help with depression. [+]

Helicopter Parents No More: Outdoor Time Boosts Children’s Activity And Health Levels

By Susan Scutti
Medical Daily
July 10, 2014

Helicopter Parents No More: Outdoor Time Boosts Children’s Activity And Health Levels

Study from the University of Alberta finds that outdoorsy kids were three times more likely to meet the guidelines for daily physical activity while also showing significantly higher cardiorespiratory fitness levels compared to indoor peers. [+]

Domoney Blames Excessive Internet Use for “Disconnect with Nature” in Children

By Matthew Appleby
Horticulture Week
July 07, 2014

Domoney Blames Excessive Internet Use for “Disconnect with Nature” in Children

Garden designer David Domoney, co-presenter of ITV’s Love Your Garden, says he is concerned about the ‘disconnect’ between children and nature – largely due to rise and rise of the Internet. "We are fighting an uphill battle with the Internet" says Domoney. "And gardening is the loser".

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More Doctors Order Kids to Get Outside

By Karen Weintraub
The Boston GLobe
July 07, 2014

More Doctors Order Kids to Get Outside

The Outdoors Rx program in Boston run jointly by MassGeneral Hospital for Children and the Appalachian Mountain Club is helping kids and families get outside, away from their computers, TV, and up off the couch.
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Natural Leaders Network Builds Momentum in Movement to Increase Diversity in the Outdoors

By Natural Leaders Network
Children & Nature Network
July 10, 2014

Natural Leaders Network Builds Momentum in Movement to Increase Diversity in the Outdoors

Congressional Briefing convened by the Children & Nature Network's Natural Leaders highlights the role of Latino Youth in the Outdoor Recreation and Conservation Movements during Great Outdoors America Week.

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Plans under way to boost Yuma-area nature tourism

By Joyce Lobeck
Yuma Sun
July 06, 2014

Plans under way to boost Yuma-area nature tourism

The movement to connect kids and their families with nature can boost tourism and local economies. In Yuma, the AWWT is offering a program called "Go Wild" to help make Yuma’s unique and exciting wildlife-watching opportunities easier for the public to enjoy while also increasing economic benefits to nearby communities. [+]

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