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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. [+]

Natural Leaders | Regional Updates | Access | Built Environment

CNY Central – November 09, 2014

Free-play Advocates Want More Rough and Tumble Play for Their Kids

Free-play Advocates Want More Rough and Tumble Play for Their Kids

By Alex Resila
Ithaca's Hands On Nature Anarchy Zone has attracted free play advocates from around the country who see the zone as a model of a natural playscape that they can recreate in their own communities. [+]

Allies | Regional Updates | Access | Education | Campaign/Initiative | Event

The Register-Guard – November 09, 2014

Forecast Calls for Fun

Forecast Calls for Fun

By Jack Moran
Oregon's annual Play in the Rain Day, an effort affiliated with Children & Nature Network, is designed to empower and encourage families to get outside to play, no matter the season. [+]

Allies | Regional Updates | State | Access | Built Environment | Education

Lillie News – November 06, 2014

Sun Ray Library Re-opens Nov. 8

Sun Ray Library Re-opens Nov. 8

By Patrick Larkin
After nearly a year of renovations, the all new Sun Ray Library has re-opened, complete with natural features throughout the space. This project was made possible in part through a partnership between the Saint Paul Public Library and Children & Nature Network. [+]

Natural Leaders | Regional Updates | State | Access | Leadership

National Parks Traveler – November 04, 2014

Sweating the Trail Details In the National Parks: Maintaining Rocky Mountain National Park Trails

Sweating the Trail Details In the National Parks: Maintaining Rocky Mountain National Park Trails

By Kurt Repanshek
Cultivating the next generation of outdoor leaders while protecting the valuable trails and landscapes of Rocky Mountain National Park, the Rocky Mountain Conservancy provided on-the-ground training to dozens of conservation corps interns this past summer. [+]

Natural Leaders | Regional Updates | Access | Education

Redlands Daily Facts – November 04, 2014

City Kids Go Outdoors Program Teaches About Santa Ana Watershed

City Kids Go Outdoors Program Teaches About Santa Ana Watershed

By Redlands Conservancy
Southern California's City Kids Go Outdoors Program teaches middle schoolers about their local watershed through hands-on three dimensional modeling, helping them understand the various impacts their actions can have on the health of the local water system. [+]

Commentary | Natural Leaders | Regional Updates | State | Access | Health

Petoskey News – November 06, 2014

Getting Kids Outdoors: The Nature of Boys

Getting Kids Outdoors: The Nature of Boys

By Alison Berry
Michigan mom and Getting Kids Outdoors co-founder Alison Berry believes that the best way to nurture the impressive energy and sense of adventure of kids - especially boys - is to get them out in nature as much as possible. [+]

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Land Trust Alliance Teams with Environmental, Health Allies to Combat National Health Crisis of Nature Deficit Disorder

The Land Trust Alliance, a national land conservation organization working to save the places people… [+]

Forecast Calls for Fun

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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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