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Reading the World, Ecologically

By Lizanne Foster
Rabble.ca
November 30, 2014

Reading the World, Ecologically

In today's world, it is not enough for young people to be literate in the traditional sense of the word. Ecological literacy, or a way of observation that decodes signs in nature, is just as vital. [+]

Discovering Nature in Northumberland to Help Youth at Risk

By Karen Longwell
Northumberland News
November 27, 2014

Discovering Nature in Northumberland to Help Youth at Risk

Veteran teacher Nancy Mallette decided to battle the increasing lack of focus she saw in her elementary students by getting them outside to interact with nature and horses. [+]

Enjoy the Great Outdoors - While You Can

By Nicola Young
Wanganui Chronicle
November 28, 2014

Enjoy the Great Outdoors - While You Can

With reports of communities complaining about things like excessive playground noise and chalk drawings in play areas, kids today continue to face barriers to playing outdoors. What will be the repercussions when these children reach adulthood? [+]

‘Go Play Outside, Kids:’ Natural Light Reduces Risk of Nearsightedness in Children, Scientists Say

By Amy Ellis Nutt
The Washington Post
November 28, 2014

‘Go Play Outside, Kids:’ Natural Light Reduces Risk of Nearsightedness in Children, Scientists Say

Fascinating new research suggests that kids who are genetically predisposed to nearsightedness can lower their risk simply by stepping outside into the sunshine a little more often. [+]

Why Playing is Going the Way of Dodgeball — and Why That’s a Bad Idea

By Chis Churchill
Times Union
November 21, 2014

Why Playing is Going the Way of Dodgeball — and Why That’s a Bad Idea

Today's childhoods are very different from those we experienced, filled with outside play from the time we got home from school until it grew dark outside. But the sharp decline in unsupervised outdoor play over the last couple of decades tells us that we need to do more to protect kids' "inner wildness." [+]

Glacier Bay National Park Rangers Honored As Park Service’s Best Interpreters

By NPT Staff
National Parks Traveler
November 24, 2014

Glacier Bay National Park Rangers Honored As Park Service’s Best Interpreters

For a park ranger, cultural competency allows you to reach, connect with, and educate a greater number of park visitors. Two Glacier Bay National Park rangers are being awarded with the Freeman Tilden Award for the incredible story they built around the 45-foot-long skeleton of a humpback whale that long plied the park's waters. [+]

Nature in the City: Teaching Urban Kids to Recognize, Appreciate Mother Nature

By David Figura
Syracuse.com
November 22, 2014

Nature in the City: Teaching Urban Kids to Recognize, Appreciate Mother Nature

The "Nature in the City" Program, serving more than 10,000 New York public school students, works with a local nature center to teach kids about natural sciences in a hands-on way ... and the impact has been significant. [+]

Nature Enter Me

By Sam Judd
New Zealand Herald
November 20, 2014

Nature Enter Me

Richard Louv's recent trip to New Zealand from his home in San Diego revealed some alarming parallels in the way children in both places are growing up without access to the nature that is so close to their doorstep. [+]

Using Games to Teach Kids the Value of Nature and Philanthropy

Eco-Business
November 20, 2014

Using Games to Teach Kids the Value of Nature and Philanthropy

The new Junior Explorers Initiative uses an immersive educational game to teach kids about nature and conservation in ecological settings all over the world. [+]

New Initiative to Help Cities Increase Nature Access for Children Launched By League of Cities

By Gregory Minchak
National League of Cities
November 19, 2014

New Initiative to Help Cities Increase Nature Access for Children Launched By League of Cities

The National League of Cities and the Children & Nature Network are partnering for an exciting initiative that will support city leaders in getting young people outdoors and connected to natural areas and open space. [+]

NZ is 30 Years Ahead of North America in Outdoor Play

By Nature Education Network
Scoop Independent News
November 13, 2014

NZ is 30 Years Ahead of North America in Outdoor Play

According to some natural play pioneers, North America is way behind when it comes to outdoor play. In fact, global experts say that New Zealand is decades ahead. [+]

How the Latest Playgrounds are Making Child’s Play Fun Again

By Alex Bozikovic
The Globe and Mail
November 05, 2014

How the Latest Playgrounds are Making Child’s Play Fun Again

Today's trend of natural playscapes as playgrounds, both in the U.S. and around the world, evoke memories of postwar "junk playgrounds" and open-ended play spaces from the mid-20th century. [+]

The Last Generation of Kids That Played Outside

By Nate Hanson
Huffington Post

The Last Generation of Kids That Played Outside

To foster the next generation of technological innovators, writer Nate Hanson argues that we actually need to pull our kids away from technology and take them outdoors to play with pinecones and sticks. [+]

Empowering the Next Generation to Connect with Nature

By Nikita Lopoukhine, Keith Wheeler et al.
CEC Talks Nature
November 12, 2014

Empowering the Next Generation to Connect with Nature

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature's Commission on Education and Communication published a report discussing the challenges in connecting youth with nature and highlighting Children & Nature Network's role in this movement. [+]

Free-play Advocates Want More Rough and Tumble Play for Their Kids

By Alex Resila
CNY Central
November 09, 2014

Free-play Advocates Want More Rough and Tumble Play for Their Kids

Ithaca's Hands On Nature Anarchy Zone has attracted free play advocates from around the country who see the zone as a model of a natural playscape that they can recreate in their own communities. [+]

Land Trust Alliance Teams with Environmental, Health Allies to Combat National Health Crisis of Nature Deficit Disorder

By Joshua Lynsen
The Land Trust Alliance
November 13, 2014

Land Trust Alliance Teams with Environmental, Health Allies to Combat National Health Crisis of Nature Deficit Disorder

The Land Trust Alliance, a national land conservation organization working to save the places people need and love by strengthening land conservation across America, has teamed with allies from across conservation and health sectors to announce today an initiative to combat nature deficit disorder, a national health crisis with substantial economic and social implications. [+]

Forecast Calls for Fun

By Jack Moran
The Register-Guard
November 09, 2014

Forecast Calls for Fun

Oregon's annual Play in the Rain Day, an effort affiliated with Children & Nature Network, is designed to empower and encourage families to get outside to play, no matter the season. [+]

Do National Parks Need Wi-Fi to Stay Relevant?

By Jessica Plautz
Mashable
November 03, 2014

Do National Parks Need Wi-Fi to Stay Relevant?

"If a teenager takes a selfie in a national park and no one sees it, did it really happen?" Jessica Plautz discusses whether national parks need wi-fi and other technologies to remain relevant. [+]

Sun Ray Library Re-opens Nov. 8

By Patrick Larkin
Lillie News
November 06, 2014

Sun Ray Library Re-opens Nov. 8

After nearly a year of renovations, the all new Sun Ray Library has re-opened, complete with natural features throughout the space. This project was made possible in part through a partnership between the Saint Paul Public Library and Children & Nature Network. [+]

Healthy Play Outdoors Means Healthy Kids

By Barbara Tulipane
Parks & Recreation
November 01, 2014

Healthy Play Outdoors Means Healthy Kids

Parks & Recreation Magazine recognizes the significance of 2014's Nature Play guide, but asserts that we need to continue to work hard to make nature a real part of life for this generation's kids. [+]

Sweating the Trail Details In the National Parks: Maintaining Rocky Mountain National Park Trails

By Kurt Repanshek
National Parks Traveler
November 04, 2014

Sweating the Trail Details In the National Parks: Maintaining Rocky Mountain National Park Trails

Cultivating the next generation of outdoor leaders while protecting the valuable trails and landscapes of Rocky Mountain National Park, the Rocky Mountain Conservancy provided on-the-ground training to dozens of conservation corps interns this past summer. [+]

City Kids Go Outdoors Program Teaches About Santa Ana Watershed

By Redlands Conservancy
Redlands Daily Facts
November 04, 2014

City Kids Go Outdoors Program Teaches About Santa Ana Watershed

Southern California's City Kids Go Outdoors Program teaches middle schoolers about their local watershed through hands-on three dimensional modeling, helping them understand the various impacts their actions can have on the health of the local water system. [+]

Getting Kids Outdoors: The Nature of Boys

By Alison Berry
Petoskey News
November 06, 2014

Getting Kids Outdoors: The Nature of Boys

Michigan mom and Getting Kids Outdoors co-founder Alison Berry believes that the best way to nurture the impressive energy and sense of adventure of kids - especially boys - is to get them out in nature as much as possible. [+]

Why Free Play is Key to Young Athletes’ Success

By Blair Crawford
Ottawa Citzen
October 30, 2014

Why Free Play is Key to Young Athletes’ Success

Yet another take on structured vs. unstructured play, this time through the lens of youth sports and the extremes some parents push their children to. In truth, some of the most creative and skilled athletes of our time were those who engaged in free play from a young age. [+]

Are ‘Playdates’ Ruining Child’s Play?

By Karen D'Souza
San Jose Mercury News
October 27, 2014

Are ‘Playdates’ Ruining Child’s Play?

Are scheduled playdates ruining childhood? Must we structure and formalize something that in past generations came naturally? Karen D'Souza delves into this contentious topic. [+]

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