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Regional Updates | International

Stuff.co.nz – July 31, 2013

Do Kiwi Kids Get Enough Vitamin N?

Do Kiwi Kids Get Enough Vitamin N?

By Nicola Toki
Author asks: Does Nature-Deficit Disorder exist in New Zealand? The lack of engagement between children and their natural environment could result in negative consequences on individual and community health. [+]

Regional Updates | Campaign/Initiative

Chicago Wilderness – July 25, 2013

2013 Chicago Wilderness Leave No Child Inside Month a Success

2013 Chicago Wilderness Leave No Child Inside Month a Success

By Chicago Wilderness
Chicago Wilderness and its member organizations announced that 115 organizations collaborated throughout the Chicago Wilderness region to host over 40 events that engaged more than 15,000 children and adults during Leave No Child Inside Month. Several of the Chicago Wilderness member organizations offer year-round LNCI programs as well. [+]

Sierra Club – July 18, 2013

Sierra Club Brings Nature to People

Sierra Club Brings Nature to People

By Daniel Onken
The Sierra Club is working hard to close the divide between people and nature, through its Inner City Outings program, which provides valuable experiences for many who otherwise may not have easy access to the outdoors. ICO and other Sierra Club programs lead nearly 250,000 people into the outdoors yearly. [+]

Regional Updates | State

Cape Gazette – May 13, 2013

New “Delaware Outdoor Family” Program Helps Kids Experience State Parks

New “Delaware Outdoor Family” Program Helps Kids Experience State Parks

By Cape Gazette
The program, a partnership between the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and the Children In Nature/No Child Left Inside initiative, offers guided overnight camping trips to help families get outdoors and experience state parks in a new way. [+]

Health

American Camp Association – May 23, 2013

Why Kids Flourish at Camp

Why Kids Flourish at Camp

By Audrey Monke
Camp promotes five measurable elements that lead to well-being, based on the work of University of Pennsylvania's Martin Seligman and Positive Psychology. Campers often describe camp as their “happy place” or “the best two weeks” of their year. So many fun things happen at camp every day that it’s no surprise it’s such a happy place for kids. [+]

Allies | Regional Updates | National

Sierra Club – April 01, 2013

Outdoor and Military Organizations Come Together for a Month-Long Celebration of Our Nation’s Youngest Heroes

Outdoor and Military Organizations Come Together for a Month-Long Celebration of Our Nation’s Youngest Heroes

By Rebecca Silver
Hundreds of military families gather to celebrate Month of the Military Child. [+]

Regional Updates | International

U.K. Guardian – January 11, 2012

Children in China’s Urban Jungle are Reconnecting with Nature

By Liu Xinyan
Efforts are being made to reverse China's increase in Nature-Deficit Disorder. [+]

National

American Way – March 01, 2010

Despite Competition, Camps More Popular Now

By Winton Ross
Attendance at camps across America isn't shrinking, despite studies showing that the average young person now spends nearly eight hours a day plugged into some sort of electronic media. In fact, attendance at camps nationwide has grown by an average of one to three percent per year over the past several years. [+]

National | Legislation/Policy

Department of the Interior – February 08, 2010

Salazar Unveils New “Youth in the Great Outdoors” Initiative

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar emphasized the importance of connecting young people with nature when he proposed significant expansion of the Youth in the Great Outdoors initiative. “The future of America’s treasured landscapes depends upon the next generation’s understanding of and connection to the great outdoors," said Salazar. As part of his FY 2011 budget proposal, Salazar is requesting large increases in education and recreation programs that engage youth of all ages. [+]

Commentary | Regional Updates | Local | Legislation/Policy

The Santa Cruz Sentinel – April 05, 2014

Leave No Child Inside

Leave No Child Inside

By Kris Beall and Dan Haifley
California assemblyman Mark Stone has introduced legislation that would help get more youth outdoors to learn. Kris Beall and Dan Haifley argue this is a smart move because the science, math and literacy that youth learn from textbooks inside classrooms is enhanced by outdoor learning. [+]

Commentary | Regional Updates | Local

Idaho Statesman – April 15, 2014

Editorial: Make Sure Your Kids Get Time Outdoors

Editorial: Make Sure Your Kids Get Time Outdoors

By Anonymous
The editorial board of the Idaho Statesman newspaper uses the occasion of "Be Outside, Idaho" week to argue for more outdoor activity for kids. They maintain that children deserve the sense of wonder and imagination that is stimulated by something as simple as a hike. [+]

Regional Updates | State | Leadership | Legislation/Policy

The Minneapolis Star Tribune – April 08, 2014

Quest for ‘Racial Equity’ in Parks Has Some Wary

Quest for ‘Racial Equity’ in Parks Has Some Wary

By David Peterson
Regional planners in Minnesota's Twin Cities region are grappling with data showing that public parks disproportionately serve wealthy white communities and are underused by people of color. The planners hope to start what they admit will be a difficult conversation about race equity and public green spaces. [+]

Allies | Regional Updates | International | Research & Studies

The Nature Conservancy – April 03, 2014

Parents Worldwide Agree: Our Kids Need More Nature

Parents Worldwide Agree: Our Kids Need More Nature

By Sarita Bhargava
A new study shows parents worldwide are concerned about their children's lack of time in nature. Sarita Bhargava outlines what's keeping our kids indoors, the risks of Nature Deficit Disorder, and how parents can get their children more connected with the great outdoors. [+]

Research & Studies | Education | Health

Cornell Chronicle – March 20, 2014

School Gardens Grow Kids’ Physical Activity Levels

School Gardens Grow Kids’ Physical Activity Levels

By Ted Boscia
A two-year Cornell study of 12 elementary schools in five New York regions found that children in schools with vegetable gardens got 10 minutes more of exercise than before their schools had gardens. Researchers suggest this could be one way to combat the growing childhood obesity epidemic. [+]

Commentary | Regional Updates | National | Leadership

Grist.org – March 31, 2014

Want to Attract a New Generation to the National Parks? Find a Few New Rangers

Want to Attract a New Generation to the National Parks? Find a Few New Rangers

By Brentin Mock
How do we make the National Parks as treasured by the next generation of Americans as it was by the last? Part of the answer, according to Brentin Mock, is to make the National Park Service more reflective of the country's diversity as a whole. [+]

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