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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. [+]

Education

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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Foster's Daily Democrat – July 20, 2014

Outdoor Education: Children develop sensory integration skills

Outdoor Education: Children develop sensory integration skills

By By Joel Kost
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.
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5210 Let's GO! – July 10, 2014

Primary care practices to provide patients with 10,000 state park passes

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
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. [+]

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SHOTS Health News from NPR – July 14, 2014

To Make Children Healthier, A Doctor Prescribes A Trip To The Park

To Make Children Healthier, A Doctor Prescribes A Trip To The Park

By Sam Sanders and Steven Jackson
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. [+]

Allies | Regional Updates | Health | Campaign/Initiative

The Boston GLobe – July 07, 2014

More Doctors Order Kids to Get Outside

More Doctors Order Kids to Get Outside

By Karen Weintraub
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.
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Regional Updates | Access | Legislation/Policy

Yuma Sun – July 06, 2014

Plans under way to boost Yuma-area nature tourism

Plans under way to boost Yuma-area nature tourism

By Joyce Lobeck
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. [+]

Regional Updates | Built Environment | Education

Centre Daily Times – July 03, 2014

Finishing touches put on Childhood Gate Children’s Garden at PSU Arboretum

Finishing touches put on Childhood Gate Children’s Garden at PSU Arboretum

By Britney Milazzo
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. [+]

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To Make Children Healthier, A Doctor Prescribes A Trip To The Park

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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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Children and Nature 2009: A Report on the Movement to Reconnect Children to the Natural World
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