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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. [+]

Commentary | Regional Updates | International | Media & Culture | Legislation/Policy

independent – July 30, 2014

How much independence should children have?

How much independence should children have?

By Dr Frank Furedi
In 2001, as adult supervision seemed to be extending into every aspect of children's lives, Frank Furedi wrote the seminal 'Paranoid Parenting'. Now, as a mother who let her nine-year-old go to the park alone is jailed for abandonment, he realises that the problem is far worse than even he imagined then. [+]

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. [+]

Regional Updates | International | Health | Media & Culture

– July 24, 2014

Are gadgets ruining family time and stopping kids playing outside in the summer holidays?

Are gadgets ruining family time and stopping kids playing outside in the summer holidays?

By This is Local London
New research has painted a negative picture of how technology is affecting children’s love of the great outdoors. A quarter of Londoners polled say they wouldn’t even be able to get their family out of the house for a day in the fresh air without them being glued to their smartphones. [+]

Allies | Press Release | Regional Updates | National | Health | Campaign/Initiative

– July 22, 2014

Association of Zoos & Aquariums Awards 30 Nature Play Grants

Association of Zoos & Aquariums Awards 30 Nature Play Grants

By Association of Zoos and Aquariums
The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) announced the recipients of 30 “Nature Play Begins at Your Zoo & Aquarium” grants. Supported through a special gift from the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, these competitive grants, selected through a rigorous review by a panel of industry experts, are being presented to accredited zoos and aquariums to encourage family nature play and conservation education. [+]

Regional Updates | International | Education | Health | Leadership

Associated Press – July 19, 2014

No walls, no classrooms: London’s first forest nursery school lets kids learn in the woods

No walls, no classrooms: London’s first forest nursery school lets kids learn in the woods

By Siobhan Starrs
London's "Into the Woods" forest nursery was opened in April following a trend by educators in Scandinavia, Germany and Scotland. These forest nurseries allow local children to learn, and let their imagination run free, completely surrounded by nature.
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