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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. [+]

Commentary | Regional Updates | State | Education | Health

The Oregonian – October 25, 2014

Oregon Schoolkids Need More Than Three Days of Outdoor School

Oregon Schoolkids Need More Than Three Days of Outdoor School

By Edward Wolf
For many of us, outdoor school is one of our fondest grade school memories. But in some areas, budget cuts have forced school districts to significantly reduce the outdoor school experience. What can be done to protect opportunities for all schoolchildren to connect with nature? [+]

Natural Leaders | Regional Updates | State | Education | Health

Daily Beast – October 22, 2014

Magical Gardens for the Blind, Deaf, and Disabled

Magical Gardens for the Blind, Deaf, and Disabled

By Elizabeth Picciuto
At the very special Stephen Knolls public school in Maryland, children with a variety of severe disabilities thrive, due in no small part to the school's dynamic sensory garden program. [+]

Natural Leaders | Press Release | Education | Leadership

Children & Nature Network – October 28, 2014

Children & Nature Network’s Natural Leaders Network Presents Inaugural Legacy Award to Local Outdoor Champions

Children & Nature Network’s Natural Leaders Network Presents Inaugural Legacy Award to Local Outdoor Champions

By Juan Martinez
The inaugural legacy award recognizes Kimberly Contreras, Elizabeth Hernandez-Osorio, and Dennise Lazaro for demonstrating leadership in outdoor recreation and conservation to create a healthier Tri-Cities area in Washington.

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Commentary | Education | Health

The Washington Post – October 21, 2014

10 Ways to Get Your Kids Out in Nature, and Why it Matters

10 Ways to Get Your Kids Out in Nature, and Why it Matters

By Lauren Knight
From reading about nature with your child to limiting distractions while outdoors, this article offers 10 ways to get your kids out in nature ... and discusses just why it's so vital. [+]

Commentary | Regional Updates | Local | Health

The Working Waterfront – October 20, 2014

Island Life Promotes Raising ‘Free Range Kids’

Island Life Promotes Raising ‘Free Range Kids’

By Courtney Naliboff
The island community of North Haven is the ideal place to raise a free-range kid today. But why? The author argues that the combination of small-town safety and familiarity combined with the security of a closed system (an island) gives parents the confidence to let their kids run free. [+]

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. [+]

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Green Space Makes for Better Students

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