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New York Times – November 29, 2009

New York Times Draws Attention to Forest Kindergarten

New York Times Draws Attention to Forest Kindergarten

By Liz Leyden
Schools around the country have been planting gardens and planning ever more elaborate field trips in hopes of reconnecting children with nature. The forest kindergarten at the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs is one of a handful in the United States that are taking that concept to another level: its 23 pupils spend three hours each day outside regardless of the weather. [+]

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Hurlburt Field – November 19, 2009

Outdoor Classroom Sets New Standard for Military

Outdoor Classroom Sets New Standard for Military

By Joe McFadden
The outdoor classroom of Florida's Hurlburt Field Youth Center recently became the first certified Nature Explore classroom in the Air Force. The Nature Explore Classroom Certification Program is a national initiative that recognizes schools and other organizations that have made a commitment to providing outdoor classrooms and comprehensive programming to help children use the natural world as an integral part of learning. [+]

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Syracuse University – October 13, 2014

New Course, “Literacy, Inquiry, Nature for Librarians,” Offered

New Course, “Literacy, Inquiry, Nature for Librarians,” Offered

By Diane Stirling
At Syracuse University, librarians and other educators can now take an incredibly unique 8-week course that will help them guide elementary and middle school students in learning about the natural environment. [+]

Natural Leaders | Regional Updates | Access | Education

Times-Call – October 13, 2014

Nonprofit Celebrates 60 Years Teaching Earth Stewardship

Nonprofit Celebrates 60 Years Teaching Earth Stewardship

By Stephen Autar
A Boulder County nonprofit celebrates an impressive 60 years of connecting more than a quarter of a million children to nature with its environmental education programs. We applaud you! [+]

Allies | Regional Updates | Access | Built Environment | Education

The Oregonian – October 07, 2014

City’s First Permanent Nature-Based Play Area Open at SE Portland Park

City’s First Permanent Nature-Based Play Area Open at SE Portland Park

By Melissa Binder
The Portland Parks Bureau's Nature-Based Play Initiative has opened an exciting pilot project, a permanent nature play area at the city's Westmoreland Park. [+]

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The Ann Arbor Independent – October 02, 2014

At Thurston Nature Center, Neighbors Come Together to Carry on a 50 Year Legacy of Stewardship

At Thurston Nature Center, Neighbors Come Together to Carry on a 50 Year Legacy of Stewardship

By Marjorie Winkelman
What better way to bring a community together than through nature? Ann Arbor's Thurston Nature Center has been hosting twice-yearly volunteer days for nearly 50 years now, bringing together kids, adults and seniors to care for this thriving outdoor classroom. [+]

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News Observer – September 17, 2014

Teaching Children to Appreciate Their Natural Environment

Teaching Children to Appreciate Their Natural Environment

By Haley Waxman
From watching a turtle lay her eggs to exploring creepy crawly critters, a North Carolina wildlife center is working to provide meaningful nature experiences to local children. [+]

Allies | Feature | Regional Updates | Access | Education

The Beacon – September 21, 2014

LEAP Hopes to Expand Opportunities for Kids of Ottawa County

LEAP Hopes to Expand Opportunities for Kids of Ottawa County

In addition to the wilderness playgrounds encouraging free-range play for younger kids around the country, there is a growing movement to engage older kids and teens as well: enter the tinkering school. [+]

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At Syracuse University, librarians and other educators can now take an incredibly unique 8-week course… [+]

Nonprofit Celebrates 60 Years Teaching Earth Stewardship

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How Technology Could Motivate Children to Explore Nature

A study out of the Institute for Sustainable Futures aims to determine if technology can… [+]

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A team of researchers took all forms of electronic media away from a group of… [+]

National Conference, Festival Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Wilderness

Children & Nature Network's Juan Martinez and Rue Mapp of Outdoor Afro are just two… [+]

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C&NN Publications

As 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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