C&NN News ArchiveThe 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.
How much independence should children have?
By Dr Frank Furedi
July 30, 2014
In 2001, as adult supervision seemed to be extending into every aspect of children's lives, Frank Furedi wrote the seminal 'Paranoid Parenting'. Now, as a mother who let her nine-year-old go to the park alone is jailed for abandonment, he realises that the problem is far worse than even he imagined then. [+]
Better out than in: Westgarth bush kindergarten plunges kids back into nature
By Miki Perkins
The Age Victoria
July 26, 2014
Westgarth, based on the European example of forest kindergartens, was established three years ago, but it’s a concept that has spread like wildfire; there are at least eight now in Melbourne and regional Victoria and that number is growing.
Ohio 8-Year-Old Wins CLIF Kid Backyard Game of the Year Contest
By CLIF Kid
July 29, 2014
CLIF Kid® announced the winning game of its fourth annual Backyard Game of the Year contest. This year's winning game, “Shadow Jumpers”, falls in the "Nature" play category and helps to inspire others to play outside in nature. [+]
Are gadgets ruining family time and stopping kids playing outside in the summer holidays?
By This is Local London
July 24, 2014
New research has painted a negative picture of how technology is affecting children’s love of the great outdoors. A quarter of Londoners polled say they wouldn’t even be able to get their family out of the house for a day in the fresh air without them being glued to their smartphones. [+]
Rx: 50 mg Nature, Ad Lib
By Laura Smith
July 25, 2014
Doctors are prescribing a walk in the park for conditions as wide-ranging as ADHD, high blood pressure, asthma, obesity, anxiety, diabetes, and depression. [+]
Association of Zoos & Aquariums Awards 30 Nature Play Grants
By Association of Zoos and Aquariums
July 22, 2014
The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) announced the recipients of 30 “Nature Play Begins at Your Zoo & Aquarium” grants. Supported through a special gift from the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, these competitive grants, selected through a rigorous review by a panel of industry experts, are being presented to accredited zoos and aquariums to encourage family nature play and conservation education. [+]
Natural-terrain schoolyards reduce children’s stress, says CU-Boulder study
By University of Colorado Boulder
July 22, 2014
Playing in schoolyards that feature natural habitats and trees and not just asphalt and recreation equipment reduces children’s stress and inattention, according to a University of Colorado Boulder study. Natural-terrain schoolyards -- with dirt, scrub oak and water features, for example -- foster supportive relationships and feelings of competence, the researchers found.
Outdoor Education: Children develop sensory integration skills
By By Joel Kost
Foster's Daily Democrat
July 20, 2014
Using her experience in pediatric occupation therapy and her background in kinesiology, pediatric occupational therapist Angela Hanscom has created a program that places children outdoors while treating many of their sensory issues.
Who’s Afraid of “Big Bad Nature”? Far Too Many Kids
By Marc Bekoff, Ph.D.
July 11, 2014
Rangers at National Wildlife Refuges are discovering a new phenomenon this summer: young visitors are often scared of nature, whether it’s creepy crawlies, spiders, bats, snakes, or sometimes even ladybugs and fish. [+]
No walls, no classrooms: London’s first forest nursery school lets kids learn in the woods
By Siobhan Starrs
July 19, 2014
London's "Into the Woods" forest nursery was opened in April following a trend by educators in Scandinavia, Germany and Scotland. These forest nurseries allow local children to learn, and let their imagination run free, completely surrounded by nature.
Primary care practices to provide patients with 10,000 state park passes
By Maine State Bureau of Parks and Lands and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation - See more at: http://www.letsgo.org/news/did-s
5210 Let's GO!
July 10, 2014
Primary care physicians at 124 practices across Maine who participate in the Let’s Go! program will be able to provide their patients and families with more than 10,000 free Maine State Parks passes courtesy of the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s Bureau of Parks and Lands, Let’s Go! and the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation. The free pass is good at any of Maine’s 48 state parks and historic sites, with the exception of Baxter State Park, and valid through December 2014. [+]
To Make Children Healthier, A Doctor Prescribes A Trip To The Park
By Sam Sanders and Steven Jackson
SHOTS Health News from NPR
July 14, 2014
Zarr, a pediatrician at a clinic that serves low-income and uninsured families in Washington, D.C., has come up with a groundbreaking strategy to give his young patients very specific recommendations for physical activity including prescriptions for time spent outdoors with a map to nearby parks. [+]
Natural Leaders Network Ramping up for Third Annual Legacy Camp
By Natural Leaders Network
July 17, 2014
Event convened by the Children & Nature Network’s Natural Leaders will focus on training young, diverse leaders in community leadership development and providing skills training for leading nature-based outings [+] [PDF]
Hugh Dennis Launches National Trust Campaign to Get Children Playing Outdoors
By Natalie Paris
Telegraph Media Group
Sorry, Gym Rats: Why Exercising Outside May Be Better for Your Health
By Dr. Greg Wells
The Globe and Mail
June 16, 2014
Exercising in nature has benefits that go above and beyond the benefits you gain by exercising indoors. Research has shown improvements in mental well-being, self-esteem and can even help with depression. [+]
Helicopter Parents No More: Outdoor Time Boosts Children’s Activity And Health Levels
By Susan Scutti
July 10, 2014
Study from the University of Alberta finds that outdoorsy kids were three times more likely to meet the guidelines for daily physical activity while also showing significantly higher cardiorespiratory fitness levels compared to indoor peers. [+]
Domoney Blames Excessive Internet Use for “Disconnect with Nature” in Children
By Matthew Appleby
July 07, 2014
Garden designer David Domoney, co-presenter of ITV’s Love Your Garden, says he is concerned about the ‘disconnect’ between children and nature – largely due to rise and rise of the Internet. "We are fighting an uphill battle with the Internet" says Domoney. "And gardening is the loser".
More Doctors Order Kids to Get Outside
By Karen Weintraub
The Boston GLobe
July 07, 2014
The Outdoors Rx program in Boston run jointly by MassGeneral Hospital for Children and the Appalachian Mountain Club is helping kids and families get outside, away from their computers, TV, and up off the couch.
Natural Leaders Network Builds Momentum in Movement to Increase Diversity in the Outdoors
By Natural Leaders Network
Children & Nature Network
July 10, 2014
Congressional Briefing convened by the Children & Nature Network's Natural Leaders highlights the role of Latino Youth in the Outdoor Recreation and Conservation Movements during Great Outdoors America Week.
Plans under way to boost Yuma-area nature tourism
By Joyce Lobeck
July 06, 2014
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
July 02, 2014
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.
Finishing touches put on Childhood Gate Children’s Garden at PSU Arboretum
By Britney Milazzo
Centre Daily Times
July 03, 2014
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
'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.
July 02, 2014
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.
Who Really Owns Public Spaces?
By Anthony Flint
June 30, 2014
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. [+]
In 2001, as adult supervision seemed to be extending into every aspect of children's lives,… [+]
Westgarth, based on the European example of forest kindergartens, was established three years ago, but… [+]
CLIF Kid® announced the winning game of its fourth annual Backyard Game of the Year… [+]
New research has painted a negative picture of how technology is affecting children’s love of… [+]
Doctors are prescribing a walk in the park for conditions as wide-ranging as ADHD, high… [+]
The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) announced the recipients of 30 “Nature Play Begins… [+]
Playing in schoolyards that feature natural habitats and trees and not just asphalt and recreation… [+]
Using her experience in pediatric occupation therapy and her background in kinesiology, pediatric occupational therapist… [+]
Rangers at National Wildlife Refuges are discovering a new phenomenon this summer: young visitors are… [+]
C&NN Synthesis of Research and Studies
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C&NN PublicationsAs part of our ongoing efforts to build the movement, the Children & Nature Network has published these resources for leaders, organizers, and participants at the local, national, and international levels:
2010 C&NN Report
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Children and Nature 2009: A Report on the Movement to Reconnect Children to the Natural World
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C&NN Community Action Guide: Building the Children & Nature Movement from the Ground Up
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