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Offer Bird-Nesting Materials in Your Garden

By Roger Di Silvestro
Wildlife Promise
April 24, 2014

Offer Bird-Nesting Materials in Your Garden

The arrival of spring in the northern hemisphere marks nesting season for millions of bird species. In this helpful how-to guide Senior Editor at Wildlife Magazine, Roger Di Silvestro offers some tips on on getting birds to build nests in your yard. [+]

Children and Nature: Growing Estranged

By John Gunyou
The Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 22, 2014

Children and Nature: Growing Estranged

John Gunyou, board chairman of Three Rivers Park District in Minnesota, argues that kids aren’t getting the exposure to nature they need for developing physical and emotional health. He outlines how parks and park systems can help. [+]

Preserve Parent: Raising Kids at Silver Creek

By Dayna Gross
The Nature Conservancy
April 11, 2014

Preserve Parent: Raising Kids at Silver Creek

Nine years ago Dayna Gross moved into a house on The Nature Conservancy’s Silver Creek Preserve in south-central Idaho. She got married on the preserve and is now raising two children there. Their childhood has often looked very different than that of other kids their age. [+]

A Place to Share: Exploring the Magic of Summer Camp

By Dan Duett
Camping Magazine
April 20, 2014

A Place to Share: Exploring the Magic of Summer Camp

Dan Duett spent the summers of his youth at camp, first as a camper and then as a counselor. For years he simply surmised his camping experiences as "great." In this piece, he attempts to dig into why camp was so important to him and is to millions of children today. [+]

When Parents Are The Ones Too Distracted By Devices

By Steve Henn
National Public Radio
April 16, 2014

When Parents Are The Ones Too Distracted By Devices

Having a teenager lost in his or her cellphone — texting friends and communicating with parents in monosyllabic grunts — has become a trope of the Internet age. But teens are not the only ones distracted by their devices. [+]

Gardens that Grow More than Food

By Shannon Moneo
Ottawa Citizen
March 30, 2014

Gardens that Grow More than Food

The idea of shared community space for agricultural purposes is thousands of years old. Today, people and neighborhoods around the world are rediscovering the many benefits of community gardens and what they can help grow, beyond just tasty vegetables. [+]

6 Family Activities to Get Your Kids Excited for Spring

By Heather Manning
Philly.com
April 16, 2014

6 Family Activities to Get Your Kids Excited for Spring

Across the United States, families are anxiously awaiting spring. Mother Heather Manning of Bethlehem, Pa. shares some of her family's favorite outdoor activities that get her kids excited for being outdoors in warmer weather. [+]

Joint Center Partners with Children & Nature Network

By Autumn Saxton-Ross
The Joint Center
April 15, 2014

Joint Center Partners with Children & Nature Network

The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies is partnering with The Children & Nature Network (C&NN) to improve the health outcomes for all communities. The aim is to leverage the knowledge and expertise of each organization’s network to promote access to green spaces. [+]

Leave No Child Inside

By Kris Beall and Dan Haifley
The Santa Cruz Sentinel
April 05, 2014

Leave No Child Inside

California assemblyman Mark Stone has introduced legislation that would help get more youth outdoors to learn. Kris Beall and Dan Haifley argue this is a smart move because the science, math and literacy that youth learn from textbooks inside classrooms is enhanced by outdoor learning. [+]

Why U.S. Cities Are Finally Celebrating Urban Forests

By Sara Thompson
Urban Times
April 04, 2014

Why U.S. Cities Are Finally Celebrating Urban Forests

Cities across the United States are waking up to the value of urban forests. From helping fight climate change, to mitigating storm water run-off, to cleaning the air, and even improving the mental health of citizens, trees offer metropolitan areas numerous benefits. [+]

Editorial: Make Sure Your Kids Get Time Outdoors

By Anonymous
Idaho Statesman
April 15, 2014

Editorial: Make Sure Your Kids Get Time Outdoors

The editorial board of the Idaho Statesman newspaper uses the occasion of "Be Outside, Idaho" week to argue for more outdoor activity for kids. They maintain that children deserve the sense of wonder and imagination that is stimulated by something as simple as a hike. [+]

Quest for ‘Racial Equity’ in Parks Has Some Wary

By David Peterson
The Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 08, 2014

Quest for ‘Racial Equity’ in Parks Has Some Wary

Regional planners in Minnesota's Twin Cities region are grappling with data showing that public parks disproportionately serve wealthy white communities and are underused by people of color. The planners hope to start what they admit will be a difficult conversation about race equity and public green spaces. [+]

Urban Forests Share Links with Healthy Lives

By Cynthia Orlando
Statesman Journal
April 11, 2014

Urban Forests Share Links with Healthy Lives

While the health benefits of trees and green spaces are generally understood, they are often under-appreciated. A decade of social science, psychology, forestry and medicine research is leading scientists to the conclusion that healthy trees are essential for healthy human populations. [+]

Helping Children Become Healthier Doesn’t Turn Us into a Nanny State

By Kylie Lang
The Sunday Mail
April 06, 2014

Helping Children Become Healthier Doesn’t Turn Us into a Nanny State

In the 2010 Richard Louvd declared that, before long, Australia would reap the rewards of reconnecting with the outdoors. Four years later the country is seeing formerly grey spaces turned green, school gardens cropping up, and more parents scheduling outdoor time for their children. [+]

Raising a Child Dangerously

By Diane Selkirk
Slate
April 08, 2014

Raising a Child Dangerously

Diane Selkirk and her husband are raising their child while traveling aboard a 40-foot sailboat. Many say adventure sailing with young children can be risky, especially after the recent public rescue of another sailing family. Selkirk says it's the best way she knows how to parent. [+]

Park Rx: Using Technology to Connect Us to Nature

By James Daniel
Health IT Buzz
April 08, 2014

Park Rx: Using Technology to Connect Us to Nature

Dr. Robert Zarr, a practicing primary care pediatrician in Washington D.C., is prescribing time outdoors to help his patients combat obesity and other health problems. His leadership is part of a public health initiative called Park RX in the National Park Service’s (NPS) Healthy Parks Healthy People US initiative. [+]

Parents Worldwide Agree: Our Kids Need More Nature

By Sarita Bhargava
The Nature Conservancy
April 03, 2014

Parents Worldwide Agree: Our Kids Need More Nature

A new study shows parents worldwide are concerned about their children's lack of time in nature. Sarita Bhargava outlines what's keeping our kids indoors, the risks of Nature Deficit Disorder, and how parents can get their children more connected with the great outdoors. [+]

School Gardens Grow Kids’ Physical Activity Levels

By Ted Boscia
Cornell Chronicle
March 20, 2014

School Gardens Grow Kids’ Physical Activity Levels

A two-year Cornell study of 12 elementary schools in five New York regions found that children in schools with vegetable gardens got 10 minutes more of exercise than before their schools had gardens. Researchers suggest this could be one way to combat the growing childhood obesity epidemic. [+]

The Power of the Earliest Memories

By Sue Shellenbarger
Wall Street Journal
April 07, 2014

The Power of the Earliest Memories

New research suggests that parents play a profound role in how children capture and whether they benefit from early memories. Children with mothers who have ask open-ended who, what, where and when questions, are able at ages 4 and 5 to recall earlier, more detailed memories than other children, research shows. [+]

New Survey Shows Gravity of a Growing, Global Parental Concern: Kids Aren’t Spending Enough Time in Nature

By Anonymous
The Nature Conservancy
April 02, 2014

New Survey Shows Gravity of a Growing, Global Parental Concern: Kids Aren’t Spending Enough Time in Nature

A new global study by The Nature Conservancy found that for parents in the U.S., lack of time outdoors for children is as concerning as bullying, obesity and education; and seen as an important issue to address. [+]

Does Nature Make Us Happy?

By Marilyn Price-Mitchell, Ph.D.
Psychology Today
March 27, 2014

Does Nature Make Us Happy?

A mounting body of research suggests that connections with nature could just be the best medicine for people of all ages—improving our health, happiness, and well-being. Those same connections could also heal the planet. [+]

Drawing on Empathy

By Susan Ask
Center for Humans & Nature
March 31, 2014

Drawing on Empathy

How can we use art to get kids (and adults) excited about science and the natural world? At a recent event in Chicago, Professor Susan Ask had young students simply draw animals from memory or from prompt images. The results were magical and inspiring. [+]

I’m Done Making My Kid’s Childhood Magical

By Bunmi Laditan
Huffington Post, Parents
April 01, 2014

I’m Done Making My Kid’s Childhood Magical

Mom and author Bunmi Laditan argues that we do not need to make our children's childhood magical because childhood is inherently magical, even when it isn't perfect. The simple things, including lots of outdoor play, are what make childhood truly memorable. [+]

Earth Day Ideas From My School to Yours

By Ted Wells
Huffington Post, Education
March 28, 2014

Earth Day Ideas From My School to Yours

Ted Wells, a fourth grade teacher at The Park School in Brookline, MA, is always looking for ways to connect his students with nature. Here he offers 12 great ideas for celebrating Earth Day with students, throughout the month of April and beyond. [+]

Want to Attract a New Generation to the National Parks? Find a Few New Rangers

By Brentin Mock
Grist.org
March 31, 2014

Want to Attract a New Generation to the National Parks? Find a Few New Rangers

How do we make the National Parks as treasured by the next generation of Americans as it was by the last? Part of the answer, according to Brentin Mock, is to make the National Park Service more reflective of the country's diversity as a whole. [+]

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