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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. [+]

Let Nature Take its Course to Improve Your Health

By Kim Painter
USA Today
June 08, 2014

Let Nature Take its Course to Improve Your Health

The benefits of spending time outdoors are profound. From improved attention to better physical fitness, there is a lot to get out of spending time outdoors. Kim Painter outlines the biological basis for these benefits and offers some tips on making the most of your time out-of-doors. [+]

Hitting the Wellness Trail

By Marc Gorelick
Starting with Curious
June 06, 2014

Hitting the Wellness Trail

Marc Gorelick, a pediatric emergency physician at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, has noted a growing awareness of the power of nature to heal, both anecdotally and professionally. He imagines a world where all hospitals have outdoor spaces for patients to wander and connect with nature. [+]

Minneapolis Park System Ranked Best In The U.S.

By Laila Kearney
Huffington Post
May 29, 2014

Minneapolis Park System Ranked Best In The U.S.

The Minneapolis parks system topped the Trust for Public Land's third "ParkScore" survey, which ranks the quality of parks in the 60 largest U.S. cities, winning the honor of "Best Park System" for the second year in a row. [+]

Why Kids Who Play Outside Develop Better Life Skills

By Robyn Courtney
Fraser Coast Chronicle
May 20, 2014

Why Kids Who Play Outside Develop Better Life Skills

More and more research shows that young people participating in more outdoor activities develop vital life skills. But how do parents and educators make time for that in an increasingly busy world? One Australian organization has some suggestions.
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Governor Quinn Proclaims June ‘Leave No Child Inside’ Month in Illinois

By Brooke Anderson
Illinois Department of Natural Resources
June 01, 2014

Governor Quinn Proclaims June ‘Leave No Child Inside’ Month in Illinois

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn today proclaimed June as “Leave No Child Inside” month in the state, and encouraged families to spend time outdoors enjoying recreation opportunities, activities and events throughout the state. [+]

The Value of Unstructured Play Time for Kids

By Tom Jacobs
Pacific Standard
May 09, 2014

The Value of Unstructured Play Time for Kids

A study by German psychologists found that people who were allowed to play freely as children have greater social success as adults. While the study notes that unstructured play is not the only factor in adult success, researchers were surprised by the high correlation between the two. [+]

Let Kids Run Wild in the Woods

By Emma Marris
Slate
May 25, 2014

Let Kids Run Wild in the Woods

An interaction with a 9 year-old boy at Mount Mitchell State Park in North Carolina changed how Matthew Browning worked to connect kids to nature. Now a part of C&NN's Natural Leaders cohort, Browning advocates for the simple, unstructured natural experience of days gone by. [+]

Natural Leaders Network Partners with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to Create a Pipeline of Jobs for Diverse Young Leaders

By Juan Martinez
Children & Nature Network
May 28, 2014

Natural Leaders Network Partners with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to Create a Pipeline of Jobs for Diverse Young Leaders

Partnership seeks to foster a better understanding of the role of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in supporting the next generation of “nature-smart” leaders [+]

Healthy Kids Outdoors Act to Reconnect Kids With Nature

By Christina Batcheler
Outdoor Alliance for Kids
May 21, 2014

Healthy Kids Outdoors Act to Reconnect Kids With Nature

New legislation introduced by Ron Kind (D-WI) and Senator Mark Udall (D-CO) aims to improve kids’ physical, mental and social health. Supported by the Outdoors Alliance for Kids (OAK), the Healthy Kids Outdoors Act would support state, local and federal strategies to reconnect Americans with nature. [+]

Can This Industrial Designer Get Children Back Outside?

By Anonymous
Natural Start
May 15, 2014

Can This Industrial Designer Get Children Back Outside?

Christina Kazakia designed flexible silicone connectors as part of her graduate thesis in Industrial Design at the Rhode Island School of Design. Her goal with the project is to engage children with their surrounding natural environment. [+]

Beyond the Harvest: Five Ways Gardens Support Your Health

By Jill Metzler Patton
EXPERIENCE L!FE
May 23, 2014

Beyond the Harvest: Five Ways Gardens Support Your Health

Garden produce provides nutritional benefits, but the very act of digging in the dirt nurtures mind, body, and soul. This feature in "EXPERIENCE L!FE" magazine details some of the benefits of outdoor gardening and features a Q&A with Richard Louv on overcoming Nature Deficit Disorder. [+]

Can Atlanta Go All In on the BeltLine?

By Rebecca Burns
CityLab
May 06, 2014

Can Atlanta Go All In on the BeltLine?

The multibillion-dollar, 25-year project to transform 22 miles of railroad and industrial sites into a sustainable network connecting 45 inner-city been a huge early success, but the mass transit component is lagging, and there are already affordability concerns along completed portions of the trail. [+]

Turning Parking Spaces into Parklets

By Dylan Thomas
The Journal
April 17, 2014

Turning Parking Spaces into Parklets

A parklet pilot study will turn several parking spaces in Minneapolis into public green spaces this summer. The initiative builds on the success of "parklets" in San Francisco first developed in 2010. Today the San Francisco is home to 45, with another 40 to 45 in the works. [+]

Camp Waskowitz Will Be Free for All Highline Students

By Anonymous
Highline Public Schools
May 15, 2014

Camp Waskowitz Will Be Free for All Highline Students

Camp is an important part of the educational experience for students in Highline Public School District in Burien, WA. With that in mind, the district has moved to remove fees for all sixth graders attending Camp Waskowitz. [+]

Outdoor Exercise is more Beneficial than Indoor for Children

By Kathleen Lees
Science World Report

Outdoor Exercise is more Beneficial than Indoor for Children

A recent study conducted by researchers from the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom hones in on the advantages of outdoor activities. Findings showed that children who spent more time involved in exercise outdoors decreased their risk for obesity and other weight-related health issues. [+]

If You Want To Teach Kids History, Try Grossing Them Out First

By David Green
National Public Radio
May 19, 2014

If You Want To Teach Kids History, Try Grossing Them Out First

Children's book author Sarah Albee uses science (particularly the kind about creepy-crawly critters) as a way to get kids excited about history. Her new book, "Bugged: How Insects Changed History," encourages young readers to look at history, and nature, in a new way. [+]

Outdoor Play Can Enhance Kids’ Spirituality

By Rick Nauert PhD
PsychCentral
May 02, 2014

Outdoor Play Can Enhance Kids’ Spirituality

A new study by researchers at Michigan State University and Yale University and published in the "Journal of the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture," found that children who play in nature report having more self fulfillment and purpose than those that do not. [+]

Bipartisan Kids to Parks Day Push

By Mike Saccone
United States Senate
May 16, 2014

Bipartisan Kids to Parks Day Push

U.S. Senators Mark Udall, Rob Portman, Mary Landrieu, and Ron Wyden announce a bi-partisan resolution to encourages youth to pursue active lifestyles, conservation of nation's parks and open spaces in celebration of the 2014 Kids to Parks Day. [+]

Why You Should Take Your Work Outdoors

By Lisa Evans
Entrepreneur
May 15, 2014

Why You Should Take Your Work Outdoors

Getting outdoors can do great things for your health. Reducing stress, lowering blood pressure and improving immune function are among nature’s health benefits. That's as true for adults as it is for kids. Which is why you should take your work outdoors whenever possible. [+]

The Charlotte Observer’s Summer Camp Fund Helps Give Kids a Hefty Dose of Vitamin N, as in Nature

By Cristina Bolling
Charlotte Observer
May 10, 2014

The Charlotte Observer’s Summer Camp Fund Helps Give Kids a Hefty Dose of Vitamin N, as in Nature

A study soon to be released by the University of Illinois, tracked test results for children in more than 500 schools in the Chicago area. It found that the single greatest factor behind improved scores was the exposure of children to nature. [+]

7 Summer Supercamps You’ll Wish Were Around When You Were a Kid

By Feifei Sun
NationSwell
May 12, 2014

7 Summer Supercamps You’ll Wish Were Around When You Were a Kid

Some camps go beyond color wars and sing-alongs to solve our nation’s problems and help underserved populations. NationSwell has compiled a list of seven camps that are going above and beyond to make a difference in kids' lives. [+]

Bye-bye Screen Time, Kids Love to Play Outside

By Gwendolyn Tornatore
CLIF Kid
May 13, 2014

Bye-bye Screen Time, Kids Love to Play Outside

CLIF Kid® announces the launch of their fourth annual Backyard Game of the Year contest to promote outdoor play. The nationwide initiative invites kids ages six through 12 to create and submit an original backyard game, for the chance to win fun prizes. [+]

Nature deficit? New Program Aims to Get Kids Outdoors for Unstructured Fun

By Jody Robbins
Calgary Herald
May 09, 2014

Nature deficit? New Program Aims to Get Kids Outdoors for Unstructured Fun

Offering weekly eco adventures for the 4 to 14-year-olds, Nature’s Track’s Forest Play is a child-led, nature-based program in Calgary, Canada that teaches children how to navigate the landscape, while instilling a sense of independence and responsibility. [+]

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