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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. [+]

Regional Updates | State | International | Health

The University of British Columbia – September 04, 2014

Green Neighbourhoods Lead to Higher Birth Weights: Study

Green Neighbourhoods Lead to Higher Birth Weights: Study

Grass, trees, flowers and green space make it more likely for mothers to deliver at full term and contribute to higher birth weights, according to compelling new research out of the University of British Columbia and Oregon State University. [+]

Commentary | Media & Culture

Huffington Post – September 10, 2014

Green Groups to New York City: Drop Dead

Green Groups to New York City: Drop Dead

By Marielle Anzelone
Nature can be found and appreciated in the most unexpected places--like in the center of a bustling urban area, for example. But a number of major environmental organizations do not support programming for urban natural resources or for connecting urban youth with these resources. [+]

Feature | Regional Updates | Local | State | Education | Campaign/Initiative

Democrat and Chronicle – September 09, 2014

National Grant to Aid Fourth-graders’ Canal Trips

National Grant to Aid Fourth-graders’ Canal Trips

By Caurie Putnam
A recipient of one of the National Park Foundation's Ticket to Ride Grants, the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor will now be able to provide free transportation and educational program funding to facilitate field trips for fourth graders throughout the state of New York. [+]

Feature | Natural Leaders | Regional Updates | Local | Education | Health

Northjersey.com – September 09, 2014

Pocket of Suburbia in Ridgefield Park Turned Into Oasis

Pocket of Suburbia in Ridgefield Park Turned Into Oasis

By James M. O'Neill
Retired New Jersey couple Steve and Linda Quinn were inspired by Richard Louv's "Last Child in the Woods" to turn a suburban plot of land near their home into an incredible miniature wildlife sanctuary for local children. [+]

Press Release | Built Environment | Leadership | Resource

National Wildlife Federation and Natural Learning Initiative – September 09, 2014

New Guidelines to Bring Nature Play to Every Community

New Guidelines to Bring Nature Play to Every Community

By NWF and NLI
National Wildlife Federation and Natural Learning Initiative released guidelines this week for creating and managing nature play and learning places. The guidelines draw from principal author Robin Moore’s extensive landscape design experience, case studies of 12 existing nature play areas across the country, and the contributions from the members of a national steering committee and a technical advisory committee, which consisted of representatives from more than 20 national organizations including the Children & Nature Network. The project was funded by the US Forest Service. [+]

Commentary | Regional Updates | International

East African Business Week – September 05, 2014

Ugandans Neglect Backyard Beauty

Ugandans Neglect Backyard Beauty

By Priscilla Butagira
From Bwindi to Queen Elizabeth to Murchison Falls, Uganda is rich with national parks. But for years, Ugandans have been vacationing out of the country. Why is this, and what can be done to encourage Ugandans to experience and appreciate the nature in their own backyards? [+]

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Ugandans Neglect Backyard Beauty

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