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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. [+]

Natural Leaders | Regional Updates | State | Education

WCAX.com – February 20, 2015

Inspiring Vermont Students Through Nature

Inspiring Vermont Students Through Nature

By Alexei Rubenstein
Vermont's EarthWalk program aims to fill the gaps in public education with weekly schoolday excursions into nature for some very vital lessons. [+]

Press Release | Campaign/Initiative | Event | Legislation/Policy

– February 19, 2015

Children & Nature Network Applauds Groundbreaking New Initiative to Connect Every Child in America to Nature and Increase Diversity of our Public Lands through the Antiquities Act

Children & Nature Network Applauds Groundbreaking New Initiative to Connect Every Child in America to Nature and Increase Diversity of our Public Lands through the Antiquities Act

By Children & Nature Network
President Obama announced the “Every Kid in a Park” initiative, which will ensure every fourth grader across the United States has the opportunity to visit a National Park or other public lands. This is a significant effort that addresses Nature-Deficit Disorder, a term coined by Children & Nature Network Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus Richard Louv to describe the sharp decline in time spent in nature by children across the globe over the past 30 years.
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Natural Leaders | Regional Updates | Local | 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 | Commentary | Natural Leaders | Regional Updates | State

The Elkhart Truth – February 11, 2015

Children and Nature: Tips for Exploring the Outdoors with a Preschooler

Children and Nature: Tips for Exploring the Outdoors with a Preschooler

By Dr. Carla Gull
Dr. Carla Gull offers a variety of tips for parents of preschoolers who want to encourage their little ones to explore and experience nature. [+]

Commentary | Natural Leaders | Education | Health

Statesman Journal – February 10, 2015

Give Today’s Kids a Daily Dose of Nature

Give Today’s Kids a Daily Dose of Nature

By Cynthia Orlando
From alleviating depression and reducing ADHD to empowering creativity and social skills, regular time spent in nature can have a profound effect on children. Arborist Cynthia Orlando discusses why a renewed focus on nature for kids is called for. [+]

Allies | Regional Updates | Local | State | 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. [+]

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