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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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Timbernook Miami – January 05, 2015

Timbernook, Award-Winning Children’s Developmental Nature Program, Comes to South Florida

Timbernook, Award-Winning Children’s Developmental Nature Program, Comes to South Florida

By Michelle Brown
TimberNook, an innovative nature-based developmental program for children, is launching TimberNook camps in South Dade this February. Miami will be Florida's first TimberNook location. [+]

Natural Leaders | Regional Updates | Access | Education

Sioux City Journal – January 02, 2015

Kids Learn to Survive the Elements at Nature Center

Kids Learn to Survive the Elements at Nature Center

By Earl Horlyk
Sioux City's Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center offers kids a unique nature survival training program, designed to prepare young people for the unexpected things they might face while experiencing the great outdoors. [+]

Regional Updates | National

Omaha.com – January 03, 2015

7 National Parks in Nebraska, Iowa Pour More Than $23 Million Into Local Economies

7 National Parks in Nebraska, Iowa Pour More Than $23 Million Into Local Economies

By David Hendee
National parks are not only the perfect places to make deep and meaningful connections with the natural places around us. They also help boost the economies of the towns they call home. [+]

Natural Leaders | Regional Updates | Access | Education

Noozhawk – December 20, 2014

For Many Wilderness Youth Project Kids, Time in Nature a Transformative Experience — Inside and Out

For Many Wilderness Youth Project Kids, Time in Nature a Transformative Experience — Inside and Out

By Melissa Walker
Santa Barbara's Wilderness Youth Project utilizes mentoring and engaging outdoor activities for young people with the goal of creating future stewards of the environment. [+]

Feature | Regional Updates | Access | Health | Media & Culture | Leadership

Chicago Sun Times – December 28, 2014

Exclusive: Boy’s Letter to Santa, ‘I Just Wanna Be Safe,’ Gets Heartfelt Response From Obama

Exclusive: Boy’s Letter to Santa, ‘I Just Wanna Be Safe,’ Gets Heartfelt Response From Obama

By Maudlyne Ihejirika
When 13-year-old Malik from Chicago wrote to Santa asking to feel safe enough to play in his own neighborhood, he never expected to receive a letter back from President Obama. [+]

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Patch – December 25, 2014

Expanding Environment Education by Attracting Fundraisers and Policy Makers

Expanding Environment Education by Attracting Fundraisers and Policy Makers

By Autumn Johnson
Two Bay Area educators are teaming up to bring comprehensive environmental education, which is still relatively rare due to shifting budget priorities, to local elementary schools. [+]

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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:

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