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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. [+]

Feature | Regional Updates | Local | Education | Resource

Syracuse.com – November 22, 2014

Nature in the City: Teaching Urban Kids to Recognize, Appreciate Mother Nature

Nature in the City: Teaching Urban Kids to Recognize, Appreciate Mother Nature

By David Figura
The "Nature in the City" Program, serving more than 10,000 New York public school students, works with a local nature center to teach kids about natural sciences in a hands-on way ... and the impact has been significant. [+]

Commentary | Regional Updates | International | Education | Health

New Zealand Herald – November 20, 2014

Nature Enter Me

Nature Enter Me

By Sam Judd
Richard Louv's recent trip to New Zealand from his home in San Diego revealed some alarming parallels in the way children in both places are growing up without access to the nature that is so close to their doorstep. [+]

Regional Updates | International | Built Environment

The Globe and Mail – November 05, 2014

How the Latest Playgrounds are Making Child’s Play Fun Again

How the Latest Playgrounds are Making Child’s Play Fun Again

By Alex Bozikovic
Today's trend of natural playscapes as playgrounds, both in the U.S. and around the world, evoke memories of postwar "junk playgrounds" and open-ended play spaces from the mid-20th century. [+]

Commentary | Education | Media & Culture

Huffington Post

The Last Generation of Kids That Played Outside

The Last Generation of Kids That Played Outside

By Nate Hanson
To foster the next generation of technological innovators, writer Nate Hanson argues that we actually need to pull our kids away from technology and take them outdoors to play with pinecones and sticks. [+]

Regional Updates | International | Research & Studies | Health | Media & Culture

CEC Talks Nature – November 12, 2014

Empowering the Next Generation to Connect with Nature

Empowering the Next Generation to Connect with Nature

By Nikita Lopoukhine, Keith Wheeler et al.
The International Union for the Conservation of Nature's Commission on Education and Communication published a report discussing the challenges in connecting youth with nature and highlighting Children & Nature Network's role in this movement. [+]

Natural Leaders | Regional Updates | Local | Built Environment

CNY Central – November 09, 2014

Free-play Advocates Want More Rough and Tumble Play for Their Kids

Free-play Advocates Want More Rough and Tumble Play for Their Kids

By Alex Resila
Ithaca's Hands On Nature Anarchy Zone has attracted free play advocates from around the country who see the zone as a model of a natural playscape that they can recreate in their own communities. [+]

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Nature in the City: Teaching Urban Kids to Recognize, Appreciate Mother Nature

The "Nature in the City" Program, serving more than 10,000 New York public school students,… [+]

Nature Enter Me

Richard Louv's recent trip to New Zealand from his home in San Diego revealed some… [+]

Using Games to Teach Kids the Value of Nature and Philanthropy

The new Junior Explorers Initiative uses an immersive educational game to teach kids about nature… [+]

New Initiative to Help Cities Increase Nature Access for Children Launched By League of Cities

The National League of Cities and the Children & Nature Network are partnering for an… [+]

NZ is 30 Years Ahead of North America in Outdoor Play

According to some natural play pioneers, North America is way behind when it comes to… [+]

How the Latest Playgrounds are Making Child’s Play Fun Again

Today's trend of natural playscapes as playgrounds, both in the U.S. and around the world,… [+]

The Last Generation of Kids That Played Outside

To foster the next generation of technological innovators, writer Nate Hanson argues that we actually… [+]

Empowering the Next Generation to Connect with Nature

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature's Commission on Education and Communication published a… [+]

Free-play Advocates Want More Rough and Tumble Play for Their Kids

Ithaca's Hands On Nature Anarchy Zone has attracted free play advocates from around the country… [+]

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