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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. [+]

Natural Leaders | Regional Updates | Local | Education | Health

Green Philly Blog – August 21, 2014

Local Spotlight: Urban Blazers Help Kids Explore Nature

Local Spotlight: Urban Blazers Help Kids Explore Nature

By Linh Kostiuk
Since 2005, the organization Urban Blazers has been helping middle school students from Philly's under-resourced neighborhoods discover the city's hiking trails, parks and natural areas. [+]

Feature | Natural Leaders | Built Environment | Education | Health | Campaign/Initiative

The Guardian UK – August 20, 2014

My Edible Classroom Gives Deprived New York Kids a Reason to Attend School

My Edible Classroom Gives Deprived New York Kids a Reason to Attend School

By Matthew Jenkin
South Bronx schoolteacher Stephen Ritz began a pioneering project to farm plants and vegetables indoors at Discovery High School. The school's edible walls and corridors gave birth to what is known today as the Green Bronx Machine, a program that helps other schools implement their own agricultural programs. [+]

Feature | Natural Leaders | Education

Wilderness Inquiry – July 07, 2014

Youth Learn About U.S. Forest Service Careers

Youth Learn About U.S. Forest Service Careers

By Megan O' Hara
Wilderness Inquiry, the U.S. Forest Service and the YWCA of St. Paul have partnered to take youth from their IMPACT program to Superior National Forest for a unique educational experience in nature. This program is also designed to teach young people about jobs in the Forest Service. [+]

Allies | Press Release | Regional Updates | International | Health | Campaign/Initiative | Leadership

Children & Nature Network – August 07, 2014

Children & Nature Network’s Family Nature Clubs in a New Spotlight with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums

Children & Nature Network’s Family Nature Clubs in a New Spotlight with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums

By Janice Swaisgood
More than $200,000 in nature play grants have been awarded to 30 accredited zoos and aquariums as part of a new AZA Nature Play initiative designed to help them increase or enhance family-centered nature experiences and Family Nature Clubs in their communities. [+]

Regional Updates | International | Education | Health | Media & Culture

The Age Victoria – July 26, 2014

Better Out Than In: Westgarth Bush Kindergarten Plunges Kids Back Into Nature

Better Out Than In: Westgarth Bush Kindergarten Plunges Kids Back Into Nature

By Miki Perkins
Westgarth, based on the European example of forest kindergartens, was established three years ago, but it’s a concept that has spread like wildfire; there are at least eight now in Melbourne and regional Victoria and that number is growing.
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Allies | Press Release | Regional Updates | National | Health | Campaign/Initiative

– July 29, 2014

Ohio 8-Year-Old Wins CLIF Kid Backyard Game of the Year Contest

Ohio 8-Year-Old Wins CLIF Kid Backyard Game of the Year Contest

By CLIF Kid
CLIF Kid® announced the winning game of its fourth annual Backyard Game of the Year contest. This year's winning game, “Shadow Jumpers”, falls in the "Nature" play category and helps to inspire others to play outside in nature. [+]

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