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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. [+]

Research & Studies | Built Environment | Education

Conservation Magazine – October 14, 2014

Green Space Makes for Better Students

Green Space Makes for Better Students

By Dave Levitan
A landmark collaborative study conducted with elementary school students in Massachusetts found that students attending schools surrounded by a great deal of vegetation performed significantly better on standardized tests than schoolchildren in settings that were not as green. [+]

Natural Leaders | Regional Updates | Local | Education

Times-Call – October 13, 2014

Nonprofit Celebrates 60 Years Teaching Earth Stewardship

Nonprofit Celebrates 60 Years Teaching Earth Stewardship

By Stephen Autar
A Boulder County nonprofit celebrates an impressive 60 years of connecting more than a quarter of a million children to nature with its environmental education programs. We applaud you! [+]

Allies | Press Release

American Camp Association – October 10, 2014

American Camp Association® and the Children & Nature Network Announce a Partnership to Connect Children and Families to Nature

American Camp Association® and the Children & Nature Network Announce a  Partnership to Connect Children and Families to Nature

The American Camp Association and the Children & Nature Network are partnering with the goal of furthering the common goals of both organizations to significantly increase opportunities for children to get outside and experience nature. [+]

Allies | Regional Updates | Local | Built Environment | Education

The Oregonian – October 07, 2014

City’s First Permanent Nature-Based Play Area Open at SE Portland Park

City’s First Permanent Nature-Based Play Area Open at SE Portland Park

By Melissa Binder
The Portland Parks Bureau's Nature-Based Play Initiative has opened an exciting pilot project, a permanent nature play area at the city's Westmoreland Park. [+]

Research & Studies | Education | Media & Culture

Phys.org – October 07, 2014

How Technology Could Motivate Children to Explore Nature

How Technology Could Motivate Children to Explore Nature

By Hannah Jenkins
A study out of the Institute for Sustainable Futures aims to determine if technology can be a motivator - rather than a barrier - for children of current and future generations to explore natural spaces. [+]

Natural Leaders | Research & Studies | Education | Health | Media & Culture

New York Magazine – August 27, 2014

What Happens When You Tear 6th Graders Away From Their Gadgets for 5 Days

What Happens When You Tear 6th Graders Away From Their Gadgets for 5 Days

By Melissa Dahl
A team of researchers took all forms of electronic media away from a group of 6th graders for 5 days and sent them camping. The impact on their emotional intelligence in just a short time was remarkable. [+]

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