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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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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. [+]

Can Atlanta Go All In on the BeltLine?

By Rebecca Burns
CityLab
May 06, 2014

Can Atlanta Go All In on the BeltLine?

The multibillion-dollar, 25-year project to transform 22 miles of railroad and industrial sites into a sustainable network connecting 45 inner-city been a huge early success, but the mass transit component is lagging, and there are already affordability concerns along completed portions of the trail. [+]

Turning Parking Spaces into Parklets

By Dylan Thomas
The Journal
April 17, 2014

Turning Parking Spaces into Parklets

A parklet pilot study will turn several parking spaces in Minneapolis into public green spaces this summer. The initiative builds on the success of "parklets" in San Francisco first developed in 2010. Today the San Francisco is home to 45, with another 40 to 45 in the works. [+]

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. [+]

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