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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. [+]

Outdoor Experiences Help Girls Develop 21st Century Leadership Skills

By Sarita Bhargava
Nature Rocks
June 17, 2014

Outdoor Experiences Help Girls Develop 21st Century Leadership Skills

A new study by the Girl Scout Research Institute "More Than S'mores" suggests girls who spend time outdoors regularly surpass their peers who spend less time outdoors in environmental stewardship, readily seek more challenges and are better problem-solvers. [+]

San Francisco May Allow Empty Lots be Designated as Agricultural Zones

By Tara Duggan
Inside Scoop SF
June 18, 2014

San Francisco May Allow Empty Lots be Designated as Agricultural Zones

San Francisco officials are considering a new Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone Ordinance that would allow land owners to take advantage of a property tax break when they allow a parcel of land to be used for agriculture and educational purposes. [+]

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. [+]

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