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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. [+]

Nature-Loving Documentary ‘Project Wild Thing’ Acquired by Revolver Entertainment

By Casey Cipriani
IndieWire
July 02, 2014

Nature-Loving Documentary ‘Project Wild Thing’ Acquired by Revolver Entertainment

Get ready to go outside and get dirty. After a successful UK theatrical release towards the end of 2013, the nature-promoting documentary "Project Wild Thing" has been picked up by Revolver Entertainment for a release in the U.S.
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Finishing touches put on Childhood Gate Children’s Garden at PSU Arboretum

By Britney Milazzo
Centre Daily Times
July 03, 2014

Finishing touches put on Childhood Gate Children’s Garden at PSU Arboretum

The newly opened Childhood’s Gate Children’s Garden at the Penn State Arboretum brings new opportunities for exploration and learning in a family-friendly outdoor nature space. The new children's garden is designed to welcome and engage children and create a love of nature and enhance the spirit of curiosity. [+]

Killjoy council instructs North Tyneside children how to play outdoors

By Kate Proctor
Trinity Mirror North East
June 29, 2014

Killjoy council instructs North Tyneside children how to play outdoors

'Don't climb over walls, use a softball, try not to shout' - council draws up a list of how children in on community should play. Play codes like this one help us understand the very real challenges that families are facing as they work to make unstructured outdoor play the new norm. [+]

Perry Brown: Get outdoors and model a healthy lifestyle for children

By PERRY BROWN, M.D.
Idaho Statesman
July 02, 2014

Perry Brown: Get outdoors and model a healthy lifestyle for children

As a pediatrician, there are certain injuries Dr. Perry Brown would like to see on more kids: skinned knees, poison ivy and blisters. These were once common by-products of childhood. But they are being replaced by something sinister: kids and families who suffer because they spend too much time inside.
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Who Really Owns Public Spaces?

By Anthony Flint
CityLab
June 30, 2014

Who Really Owns Public Spaces?

A new exhibit at the AIA New York Center for Architecture examines the changing function of parks and other open urban centers. The question is whether parks are no longer just parks, but a stage for the theater of public life. [+]

When We Stop Children Taking Risks, Do We Stunt their Emotional Growth?

By Susie Mesure
The Independent
May 25, 2014

When We Stop Children Taking Risks, Do We Stunt their Emotional Growth?

Susie Mesure wonders The Independent whether the closing of playgrounds and parents who more and more rarely let their kids out of sight is hurting society. When does health and safety go too far and leave our children's ability to play freely hamstrung? [+]

The Case Against Summer Tech Camps

By Nina Burleigh
New York Observer
June 10, 2014

The Case Against Summer Tech Camps

Nina Burleigh argues that a growing number of summer camps have little or nothing to do with nature and the outdoors. They’re places where American kids stare at screens, and that's not only sad, it's counter-productive for their health and growth. [+]

Columbia Families in Nature Introduces the Great Outdoors

By Allison Eatough
The Baltimore Sun
June 19, 2014

Columbia Families in Nature Introduces the Great Outdoors

Columbia Families in Nature is a new family nature club that organizes two to three free outings a month throughout Howard County, Maryland. More than 400 people, including many families, have participated in the club's outings. [+]

Why Free Play Is the Best Summer School

By Jessica Lahey
The Atlantic
June 20, 2014

Why Free Play Is the Best Summer School

Author Jessica Lahey unscheduled, unsupervised, playtime is one of the most valuable educational opportunities we give our children. The more time children spend in structured, parent-guided activities, the worse their ability to work productively towards self-directed goals. [+]

“Healthy Wetlands” – A Master Naturalist Creates Journeys Through Southwood Nature Preserve

By Sage Passi
The Ripple Effect
June 17, 2014

“Healthy Wetlands” – A Master Naturalist Creates Journeys Through Southwood Nature Preserve

Master Naturalist, Cathy Troendle dedicates her time to fostering encounters with the natural world for young people in her North Saint Paul, Minnesota community. Recently, her dreams for a hands-on learning opportunity for young people at a local nature preserve became a reality. [+]

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. [+]

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