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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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How The Homegrown National Park Project Is Greening Toronto

By Adele Peters
Fast Company
January 02, 2014

How The Homegrown National Park Project Is Greening Toronto

Inspired by an idea from Richard Louv--an author known for coining the phrase “nature deficit disorder”--the Homegrown National Park Project is spearheaded by the David Suzuki Foundation, an environmental nonprofit based in Toronto. [+]

Guided by Nature: Company Promotes Sustainable Living in Marion County

By EarthWISE
Stesmen Journal
December 31, 1969

Guided by Nature: Company Promotes Sustainable Living in Marion County

Quietly and without a lot of fanfare, enlightened developers, like John Miller are changing the places that we live, work and play, designing communities “guided by nature." His approach includes active support of children’s programs and a philosophy of respecting our natural environment [+]

The Benefits of Digging in the Dirt

By Laura Wright Treadway
OnEarth
December 27, 2013

The Benefits of Digging in the Dirt

The Brooklyn Forest School in Prospect Park is an example of the growing number of outdoor schools and preschools that are making outdoor learning and play a priority for a generation of kids suffering from Nature-Deficit Disorder. The first forest kindergarten opened outside Seattle in 2007, but programs like this one are becoming increasingly popular. [+]

Sir David Attenborough Warns That City Children Are Losing Their Only Exposure to Nature

By News Agencies
The Telegraph
December 16, 2013

Sir David Attenborough Warns That City Children Are Losing Their Only Exposure to Nature

Sir David Attenborough says many British children no longer have the opportunity to experience nature in the way he did when he was growing up. He especially points to the loss of green spaces in schools. [+]

The Disney Dad Book List 2013: What We Read and Loved This Year

By Disney Dads
Disney Babble
December 11, 2013

The Disney Dad Book List 2013: What We Read and Loved This Year

C&NN Co-founder and Chairman Emeritus Richard Louv's "The Nature Principle" and "Last Child in the Woods" make The Disney Dads book list of books dads read and loved in 2013. [+]

10 Reasons Why Businesses Should Hire Former Camp Counselors

By Anne Archer Yetsko
American Camp Association
November 27, 2013

10 Reasons Why Businesses Should Hire Former Camp Counselors

Job applicants with camp counselor experience and positive references should move to the top of the pile, the author writes. Being a camp counselor is not all fun and games. It's one of the hardest jobs out there. [+]

Kids Need to Play in the Mud Now and Then

By Meg Lowman
Charlotte Observer
December 01, 2013

Kids Need to Play in the Mud Now and Then

We need to bring back that halcyon childhood pastime of letting our kids (and grandkids) get muddy once in awhile. Studies indicate that they will grow up healthier and happier because of a connection to nature. [+]

Why Children Need to Go into the Woods Today

By Sheila Wayman
Irish Times
November 26, 2012

Why Children Need to Go into the Woods Today

Risk-averse parents and educators deprive youngsters of the benefits of outdoor learning - but it’s a trend forest schools are trying to reverse. [+]

How I Almost Fell Out with Nature

By Sarah Cartwright
Teaching the Hudson Valley
December 05, 2013

How I Almost Fell Out with Nature

Becoming an environmental educator has solidified the author's desire to focus on connecting individuals to the world around them. [+]

Place-Based Education Helps us Understand the Whirlpool of Life

By Allen Best
Mountain Town News
November 18, 2013

Place-Based Education Helps us Understand the Whirlpool of Life

Scott Sampson, paleontologist and chief curator at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, advises parents to discover and co-create in nature alongside their kids. Personal experience is crucial, he says. “What does the extinction of a condor mean to a child who has never seen a wren?” [+]

Would You Send Your Child to Daycare in the Forest?

By Katherine Martinko
Treehugger
November 18, 2013

Would You Send Your Child to Daycare in the Forest?

If daycare facilities shifted their focus to urban parks and playgrounds, and rural forests, there would no longer be such a pressing need for costly indoor space, childcare workers could be paid better wages, and kids wouldn’t suffer from what Richard Louv has termed "Nature-Deficit Disorder." [+]

Empowering Youth is Passion for Juan Martinez, Speaking to University of the Ozarks December 9

By Courier News
Courier News
November 27, 2013

Empowering Youth is Passion for Juan Martinez, Speaking to University of the Ozarks December 9

C&NN's Director of Leadership Development and Natural Leaders Network, Juan Martinez, will speak December 9 at University of the Ozarks. [+]

The Kids Don’t Play Anymore

By Margaret Wente
The Globe and Mail
November 16, 2013

The Kids Don’t Play Anymore

Cambridge University psychologist David Whitebread and 120 other experts have launched a campaign to get the British government to roll back early education, which begins at 5. Starting children too early on formal learning, he maintains, can cause “profound damage,” including stress and mental-health problems. Until age 7, what children really need is … play. [+]

A Grounded View of the Empire of Insects

By Brad Balukjian
Los Angeles Times
September 13, 2013

A Grounded View of the Empire of Insects

For a century, the Lorquin Entomological Society has convened to hear about new discoveries and chase bugs. But a society founded by a kid now has trouble attracting them. Thankfully, there's Max. [+]

A Cure for the Allergy Epidemic

By Moises Velasquez-Manoff
New York Times
November 09, 2013

A Cure for the Allergy Epidemic

One in five American children have a respiratory allergy like hay fever, and nearly one in 10 have asthma. Comparative studies highlight the importance of the environment. Farms, with their rich array of microbial stimuli, may more closely resemble an evolutionary norm for our species than cities. [+]

One School’s Fight Against “Nature-Deficit Disorder”

By Sarah Hulett
Michigan Radio
October 02, 2013

One School’s Fight Against “Nature-Deficit Disorder”

Grand Rapids, MI, school is an environmental "theme" school, taking advantage of its location abutting a nature center and establishing "E-lab" classes that students in every grade attend twice a week. “What this school provides to children is a place where they can breathe, where they can notice and observe, where they can question, where they can be still,” said Pam Wells-Marcusse, who was principal of the school for 18 years. [+]

American Public Health Association Adopts 17 New Policy Statements, Includes “Nature, Health and Wellness”

By American Public Health Association
American Public Health Association
November 05, 2013

American Public Health Association Adopts 17 New Policy Statements, Includes “Nature, Health and Wellness”

The APHA encourages land use decisions that prioritize access to natural areas and green spaces; calls on health professionals to raise awareness about the health benefits of spending time in nature and of nature-based play and recreation; and urges such professionals to form partnerships with relevant stakeholders, such as parks departments, school districts and nature centers. [+]

‘Nature Is a Powerful Teacher’: The Educational Value of Going Outside

By Julia Ryan
The Atlantic
October 31, 2013

‘Nature Is a Powerful Teacher’: The Educational Value of Going Outside

The Boston Schoolyard Initiative has helped bring green space to 88 urban schools. “Nature is a powerful teacher, and there are so many things that kids can learn hands-on in the schoolyard that they cannot learn sitting in a classroom,” Boston Schoolyard Initiative's Executive Director Myrna Johnson said. [+]

David Suzuki: Getting Dirty is Good for your Immune System

By David Suzuki
Straight.com
November 05, 2013

David Suzuki: Getting Dirty is Good for your Immune System

There is a link between biodiversity and human health, and biodiversity is disappearing. Systems lacking in biodiversity are less resilient, whether they’re forests or microbial communities in our stomachs or on our skin. Less resilient systems are more subject to invasion by pathogens or invasive species. [+]

Survey: For Young Children, Mobile Devices such as Tablets, Smartphones now a Mainstay

By Cecilia Kang
Washington Post
October 27, 2013

Survey: For Young Children, Mobile Devices such as Tablets, Smartphones now a Mainstay

The vast majority of young children in the United States are using mobile devices and for much longer periods of time, with an even greater number of babies being exposed to the smartphones and tablets that have become a bigger part of family life, according to a survey from Common Sense Media. Seven out of 10 children younger than 8 have used a mobile device, a figure that has doubled in two years [+]

Southwest Conservation Corps Now Accepting Applications for NPS Community Assistance Fellowship Program

By Southwest Conservation Corp
National Park Service
November 01, 2013

Southwest Conservation Corps Now Accepting Applications for NPS Community Assistance Fellowship Program

The Southwest Conservation Corps is partnering with C&NN's Natural Leaders to bring the Legacy Camp Training program to National Park Service Fellows. Learn more about this 10-month Community Assistance Fellowship and how to apply. [+]

Green Spaces ‘Can Save Britain’s National Health Service Billions’

By Mark Kinver
BBC News
November 06, 2013

Green Spaces ‘Can Save Britain’s National Health Service Billions’

The UK Woodland Trust's chief executive, Sue Holden, has said that increasing people's access to green spaces could cut billions of pounds from the NHS healthcare bill. She told an audience of invited guests at the Houses of Parliament that the link between "healthy woods and healthy lives" was a "connection that really has to be made much more and much more often". [+]

Five Questions for Richard Louv

By E. Hoffner
Orion
November 11, 2013

Five Questions for Richard Louv

Few writers have done as much to reconnect kids with the outdoors as Richard Louv, who is the author of several books on the topic (including Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle), and whose essay “Leave No Child Inside” is published in Orion’s new collection of the same name. Orion’s Erik Hoffner spoke with Richard about his books, the Children & Nature Network, and the state of the movement to reconnect kids with all that’s wild and green. [+]

Pittsburghers Urged to Actively Fight for Environment

By Don Hopey
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
October 25, 2013

Pittsburghers Urged to Actively Fight for Environment

At an appearance in Pittsburgh, Richard Louv urged the audience to fight the battles to preserve what he termed "a human right to have a positive connection with the rest of the natural world." He lamented study findings that show today's youth spend 53 hours a week "plugged in to screens," while their time spent outside in natural settings has declined by 50 percent in the last 20 years. [+]

U.S. Interior Secretary Jewell Introduces Her Vision for Conservation, Balanced Development and Youth Engagement in National Press Club Speech

By U.S. Dept. of the Interior
U.S. Dept. of the Interior
October 31, 2013

U.S. Interior Secretary Jewell Introduces Her Vision for Conservation, Balanced Development and Youth Engagement in National Press Club Speech

Secretary Jewell calls on Congress to protect and support the nation’s lands and waters and issues the first Secretarial Order to establish Department-wide mitigation strategy to ensure efficiency, consistency and conservation in infrastructure development. [+]

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