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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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Captain Planet Foundation Accepting Applications for Ecotech Grants

By Anonymous
Philanthropy News Digest
February 24, 2014

Captain Planet Foundation Accepting Applications for Ecotech Grants

Sixteen $2500 grants will be awarded to schools or non-profits organizations for the purpose of engaging children in inquiry-based projects in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) that use innovation, biomimicry/nature-based design, or new uses for technology to address environmental problems in their communities. [+]

MiNDFOOD Q&A With Richard Louv

By Efrosini Costa
MiNDFOOD
February 18, 2014

MiNDFOOD Q&A With Richard Louv

Richard Louv talks to MiNDFOOD about 'nature deficit disorder', the lure of the screen and shares his tips for helping kids reconnect with nature, ahead of his Australian tour. [+]

Gazing At Stars Rather Than Screens

By Nathan Crabbe
The Gainesville Sun
February 17, 2014

Gazing At Stars Rather Than Screens

In a world filled with screen and distractions, inspiring a love of nature in a child can feel like an uphill struggle. It took an evening in the dark to revive this author's hope that his daughter will find that natural connection. [+]

Green Space Can Make People Happier for Years

By Anonymous
Kansas City infoZine
February 15, 2014

Green Space Can Make People Happier for Years

A new five-year study tracked the longitudinal effects on mental health of moving to greener areas. The results were astounding. Moving to a greener area appeared to have larger and more sustained positive impacts than marriage or winning the lottery. [+]

Opinion: Risk and Reward in Nature Play

By Ken Finch
Ecology.com
July 17, 2012

Opinion: Risk and Reward in Nature Play

Ken Finch argues that children need risk because it is a powerful catalyst for growth that helps them develop good judgment, persistence, courage, resiliency, and self-confidence. [+]

Outdoor Learning: Education’s Next Revolution?

By Laura Smith
Salon
February 16, 2014

Outdoor Learning: Education’s Next Revolution?

What if the problem with school is the building itself? A growing body of research suggests that exposing students to nature could yield extraordinary results. [+]

How One Project Is Making Nature Cool

By Zion Lights
Huffington Post UK
February 14, 2014

How One Project Is Making Nature Cool

In his documentary film Project Wild Thing, David Bond takes on our addiction to screens (TVs, laptops, phones, iPads, etc), restrictive healthy and safety laws, and parental concerns about crime that are preventing British children from playing outside. [+]

Nature Niche: Kids fare better with outdoor time

By Amy Barra
Finger Lakes Times
February 07, 2014

Nature Niche: Kids fare better with outdoor time

Children who spend time in nature are shown to be happier and have higher critical thinking skills than their peers who have not had access to natural spaces. [+]

Saving children from Nature Deficit Disorder in Campbell River

By Anonymous
Campbell River Courier Islander
February 07, 2014

Saving children from Nature Deficit Disorder in Campbell River

The Ecole des Deux Mondes French Immersion Kindergarten teachers believe in the important role nature plays in the development of young children and are putting that belief into practice with successful results. [+]

Nature Books Edify when Temps Drop

By Sue Hagan
Delaware News
February 09, 2014

Nature Books Edify when Temps Drop

There is a whole world of nature on the bookshelves, ready to inspire, educate and entertain. Here are three for your consideration: Hey Ranger by Jim Burnet; Storms of My Grandchildren by James Hansen; and The Nature Principal by Richard Louv. [+]

You Really, Really, Really Ought to Spend More Time in Nature

By Oliver Burkeman
The Guardian
February 10, 2014

You Really, Really, Really Ought to Spend More Time in Nature

The psychological benefits of engagement with nature are exceedingly well-established by now. In 2012, German researchers concluded that simply glimpsing a green rectangle for a couple of seconds can trigger greater creativity than rectangles of other shades. [+]

Opinion: Technology Doesn’t Stand in the Way of Nature

By Naima Montacer
The Dallas Morning News
February 07, 2014

Opinion: Technology Doesn’t Stand in the Way of Nature

In this commentary, biologist and wildlife expert Naima Montacer of Dallas argues that technology empowers us to enjoy nature. Adults, she says, are unwittingly discouraging kids of all ages by not bridging the technology and nature world. [+]

Former head of the National Park Service, Fran Mainella, to Chair The Children & Nature Network’s Board of Directors

By C&NN
Press Release
February 06, 2014

Former head of the National Park Service, Fran Mainella, to Chair The Children & Nature Network’s Board of Directors

Longtime nature policy pioneer and former head of the National Park Service, Fran Mainella, took over in January 2014 as Board Chair of The Children & Nature Network (C&NN). Fran Mainella served as the 16th Director of the National Park Service from 2001 – 2006. She was the first woman to hold this key position.

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The emergence of nature phobias: Why more people are afraid of the outdoors

By Chris Kilham
FoxNews.com
January 25, 2014

The emergence of nature phobias: Why more people are afraid of the outdoors

With a majority of Earth’s human inhabitants living in urban and suburban areas, a phenomenon is occurring that has never previously existed: An increasing number of people are afraid of nature.
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New Book Tackles Parenting Around The World

By Heather Stephenson
Appalachian Mountain Club
February 04, 2014

New Book Tackles Parenting Around The World

Through her study of parenting around the globe, Christine Gross-Loh was frequently reminded “how hands-off parents and other adults are” in countries other than the United States. She recognized that her own responses as a mother are largely culturally determined—and not necessarily good for her kids. [+]

Lack of Outdoor Play Said To Hurt Children’s Development

By Anonymous
CBC News
February 04, 2014

Lack of Outdoor Play Said To Hurt Children’s Development

As screens and technology become more prevalent, some parents, educators, and health officials in Ontario, Canada worry that children simply don't know how to play outside anymore. This may have long-term impacts on these children's lives. 'Problem-solving and decision-making skills aren't being developed,' expert says. [+]

Plugging Children into Their Environment

By Paddy Woodworth
The Irish Times
January 25, 2014

Plugging Children into Their Environment

Gordon D’Arcy, bird artist, author and matchmaker between schoolchildren and the natural world, challenges the “negative context” in which children often learn about nature – climate change, rainforest destruction “and a plethora of other disastrous scenarios”. “Nature should surely be celebrated,” he writes. [+]

School Ditches Rules and Loses Bullies

ONE News, New Zealand
January 26, 2014

School Ditches Rules and Loses Bullies

New Zealand school allows rule-free outdoor play and sees remarkable behavioral changes. Where some expected "Lord of the Flies," these students took advantage of their unstructured time outdoors to practice creativity, compassion, and imagination. The experiment raises interesting questions about the balance between safety and the benefits of free outdoor play. [+]

The Nature Play Zone at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore: A case study

By Kim Swift
U.S. National Park Service
January 15, 2014

The Nature Play Zone at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore: A case study

It all started with Richard Louv’s 2008 book, Last Child in the Woods. Several of us on staff read his book, including our park superintendent, Constantine Dillon, who approached the interpretive staff and suggested we initiate an unstructured play area similar to what Louv describes. [+]

Walking in Nature Prescription for Better Health

By Leyla Erk McCurdy
National Environmental Education Foundation
January 03, 2014

Walking in Nature Prescription for Better Health

Regular walking can have a tremendous positive impact on overall health and well-being. There are additional benefits in taking these walks in natural environments, such as parks, trails, and other green spaces. Studies have shown that people are more likely to walk and be physically active, as well as enjoy higher levels of health and well-being when they have easily accessible green spaces in their communities.
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Minneapolis Students Head Outdoors to Make Academics Concrete

By Beth Hawkins
MinnPost
January 16, 2014

Minneapolis Students Head Outdoors to Make Academics Concrete

On Saturday at Fort Snelling State Park, a dozen students from Minneapolis’ Edison High School took turns excavating the shelters where they were to spend the night, and answering questions from curious families that turned out for REI’s annual Winter Trails Day. The winter camping trip was held at the same time as the outfitter’s popular event so that both groups could take advantage of staff and volunteers from the National Park Service and state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) who were on hand to facilitate skiing, ice-harvesting, fishing and snowshoeing. [+]

Green Spaces Deliver Lasting Mental Health Benefits

By University of Exeter Medical School
Journal of Environmental Science & Technology.
January 07, 2014

Green Spaces Deliver Lasting Mental Health Benefits

The findings add to evidence that suggests increasing green spaces in cities - such as parks and gardens - could deliver substantial benefits to public health. The research is one of the first studies to consider the effects of green space over time and has used data from the British Household Panel Survey, a repository of information gathered from questionnaires filled in by households across Great Britain.
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Lack of Outdoor Play Said to Hurt Children’s Development

By CBC News
CBC Canada
January 15, 2014

Lack of Outdoor Play Said to Hurt Children’s Development

Teachers, parents and health officials in southern Ontario say kids today simply don't know how to play outside. Sharon Sheshlia, a health and physical education consultant, is helping Greater Essex County District School Board reverse this trend. Public schools in Windsor-Essex are planning to phase out traditional playgrounds, with their slides and monkey bars, replacing them with "naturalized playgrounds" which include large hills, walking paths and grass mazes.
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Nature Center and Library Join Forces to Boost Literacy and Offer New Outdoor Learning Experience

By Linda Blaser
Libertyville Review
January 13, 2014

Nature Center and Library Join Forces to Boost Literacy and Offer New Outdoor Learning Experience

The forest preserve district, Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods and Waukegan Public Library are collaborating to create what likely will be the region’s first children’s trail book at Greenbelt Forest Preserve near North Chicago and Ryerson Conservation Area in Riverwoods this summer. Lake County Forest Preserve officials hope that turning beloved children’s stories into trail hikes this summer may boost literacy, offer families a new outdoor learning experience and, hopefully, make the preserves a go-to destination. [+]

Secretary Jewell Announces $1 Million for Youth & Conservation

U.S. Departmant of the Interior
January 08, 2014

Secretary Jewell Announces $1 Million for Youth & Conservation

As part of an ambitious initiative to engage and employ the next generation through America’s great outdoors, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced a public-private partnership with American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. that will help reach Interior’s goal of providing 100,000 work and training opportunities to young people and veterans on public lands. [+]

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