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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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Vail Daily – March 27, 2015

Partnership Connects Families with Nature

Partnership Connects Families with Nature

By Carlos Fernandez
A unique new partnership between the U.S. Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy and Vail Resorts aims to connect kids and families to the mountain throughout the seasons with accessible and engaging programs, including science-based activities that will broaden visitors' understanding of the mountains, the forests and watersheds, and public lands. [+]

Natural Leaders | Regional Updates | Built Environment | Education

Grist – March 16, 2015

This Ecologist Wants to Plant a Pop-Up Forest in Times Square

This Ecologist Wants to Plant a Pop-Up Forest in Times Square

By Liz Core
Ecologist and New Yorker Marielle Anzelone recently launched a Kickstarter campaign with the goal of creating a forest installation in Times Square, in order to draw attention to the thousands of acres of New York City that are not paved over and need protecting. [+]

Regional Updates | Access | Education | Health

Chicago Tribune – March 20, 2015

Recess Serves as an Important Break for Students

Recess Serves as an Important Break for Students

By Chuck Fieldman
A school district in Illinois is taking a closer look at recess and lunch breaks and providing kids with enough options to ensure that it is a positive experience, recognizing the importance of these play breaks in a child's day. [+]

Natural Leaders | Regional Updates | Access | Education

Sentinel Source – March 09, 2015

Reconnecting Children with Local Food and the Land

Reconnecting Children with Local Food and the Land

By Caroline Tremblay
East Coast programs like the Cornucopia Project and Food Connects bring attention to the farm-to-school concept, helping kids create their own gardens so they can actively participate in the process of planting, nurturing, harvesting and tasting fresh foods. [+]

Commentary | Regional Updates | Access | Media & Culture

The News Tribune – March 06, 2015

Kids Can See Nature Differently Through the Lens of a Camera

Kids Can See Nature Differently Through the Lens of a Camera

By Tacoma Nature Center
Photography as a form of creative expression can help children and adults alike see nature in new and different ways, helping them notice and appreciate details they may not have seen before. [+]

Commentary | Regional Updates | Education | Health | Campaign/Initiative

The Echo – March 07, 2015

No—Kids Don’t Need All that Homework

No—Kids Don’t Need All that Homework

By Jordan Sprogis
In a bold move, one New York elementary school has decided to abolish all homework in order to offer young students more balance and to maximize their opportunities to play, resulting in division among the school's parents. [+]

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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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