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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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News Observer – September 17, 2014

Teaching Children to Appreciate Their Natural Environment

Teaching Children to Appreciate Their Natural Environment

By Haley Waxman
From watching a turtle lay her eggs to exploring creepy crawly critters, a North Carolina wildlife center is working to provide meaningful nature experiences to local children. [+]

Allies | Feature | Regional Updates | Access | Education

The Beacon – September 21, 2014

LEAP Hopes to Expand Opportunities for Kids of Ottawa County

LEAP Hopes to Expand Opportunities for Kids of Ottawa County

In addition to the wilderness playgrounds encouraging free-range play for younger kids around the country, there is a growing movement to engage older kids and teens as well: enter the tinkering school. [+]

Regional Updates | Access | Built Environment | Health | Campaign/Initiative

Macomb Daily – September 19, 2014

Every Kid’s Inalienable Right to Just Play

Every Kid’s Inalienable Right to Just Play

By Jim Evans
A small town in Michigan is leading the charge to build barrier-free playgrounds that make it possible for all kids, regardless of their disability, to get out and play. [+]

Allies | Regional Updates | National | Education

Dispatch Argus – September 10, 2014

Leaps and Bounds Daycare Receives National Certification

Leaps and Bounds Daycare Receives National Certification

By Nature Explore
Classrooms across the country, such as Leaps and Bounds Daycare in Nebraska, are being certified as Nature Explore Classrooms, integrating creative outdoor learning opportunities into children's daily lives. [+]

Feature | Regional Updates | Education | Health

Standard Examiner – September 11, 2014

Rumination and Reprieve in Utah’s First Wilderness

Rumination and Reprieve in Utah’s First Wilderness

By Leia Larsen
A natural setting, community, and a sense of challenge: according to pioneer in wilderness therapy Madolyn Liebing, these are the ingredients that contribute to personal progress. [+]

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

Democrat and Chronicle – September 09, 2014

National Grant to Aid Fourth-graders’ Canal Trips

National Grant to Aid Fourth-graders’ Canal Trips

By Caurie Putnam
A recipient of one of the National Park Foundation's Ticket to Ride Grants, the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor will now be able to provide free transportation and educational program funding to facilitate field trips for fourth graders throughout the state of New York. [+]

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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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