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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. [+]

Natural Leaders | Regional Updates | Access | Education | Health

Brattleboro Reformer – February 12, 2015

Fit & Healthy Kids Honors ‘Mother Nurture’

Fit & Healthy Kids Honors ‘Mother Nurture’

By Kathleen White
Natural leader Linda Bailey, also known as Mother Nurture, is being recognized as a community champion for her nearly 20 years of guiding children through an active winter experience program in Vermont. [+]

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

Texas Children in Nature – February 09, 2015

Connecting Families to Nature in Texas

Connecting Families to Nature in Texas

By Jennifer Bristol
Children & Nature Network allies Texas Children in Nature were recently featured on the news for their vital role in helping Austin kids connect with its diverse local outdoor offerings. [+]

Natural Leaders | Regional Updates | Education

The Irregular – February 04, 2015

Reducing ‘Nature Deficit Disorder’

Reducing ‘Nature Deficit Disorder’

By Dee Menear
In Maine, a group of young naturalists are tackling local conservation projects while garnering inspiration from the journal of one very famous champion of nature: Theodore Roosevelt. [+]

Regional Updates | Access | Built Environment | Event

Miami Herald – February 02, 2015

Families Come Together in Doral for Under-the-Stars Camping Event

Families Come Together in Doral for Under-the-Stars Camping Event

By Rebeca Piccardo
The City of Doral is making camping under the stars accessible to Miami-Dade families with an annual campout that takes place at a local park. [+]

Natural Leaders | Regional Updates | Access | Education

Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service – February 02, 2015

Urban Ecology Center’s New Washington Park Manager Hopes to Lure Kids Outdoors

Urban Ecology Center’s New Washington Park Manager Hopes to Lure Kids Outdoors

By Andrea Waxman
A new natural leader at Milwaukee's Urban Ecology Center hopes to inspire young people with the simplicity and beauty of nature the same way he was inspired as a young child. [+]

Allies | Press Release | Regional Updates | Access

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. [+]

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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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