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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 | International | Education

Westerly News – April 16, 2015

Connecting Local Kids to Local Nature

Connecting Local Kids to Local Nature

By Andrew Bailey
A Canadian primary school is taking advantage of the Pacific coast's rich and diverse wilderness to teach kids about the variety of plant and animal species around them, while also learning how to respect and enjoy their natural environment. [+]

Natural Leaders | Regional Updates | Local | Education

Cincinnati.com – April 17, 2015

No Child Left Inside: Outdoor Adventure Club Works

No Child Left Inside: Outdoor Adventure Club Works

By Carrie Blackmore Smith
Led by a retired public school teacher, a rapidly growing outdoor adventure club in Cincinnati aims to connect urban youth with nature all year long through free weekend programming. [+]

Regional Updates | Local | Built Environment

Portland Tribune – April 13, 2015

Nadaka Nature Park Opens

Nadaka Nature Park Opens

By Jodi Weinberger
After years of planning and teamwork on the part of residents, government leaders and nonprofit groups, the vision for a new natural community space was realized with the opening of the Nadaka Nature Park and Garden this month in Oregon. [+]

Allies | Regional Updates | National | Education | Health

Huffington Post – April 02, 2015

Green Schoolyards Are a Win for Kids, Communities and the Environment

Green Schoolyards Are a Win for Kids, Communities and the Environment

By Carla Thompson
The Kellogg Foundation's Carla Thompson discusses the growing green schoolyard movement, the positive effects these spaces are having on communities all over the U.S. and future plans for innovation and expansion nationally.

Regional Updates | State | Health | Campaign/Initiative

Worcester Magazine – April 02, 2015

The Right to Fresh Air: Mental Health Patients Get Boost in Recovery

The Right to Fresh Air: Mental Health Patients Get Boost in Recovery

By Joshua Lyford
A group of mental health advocates in the state of Massachusetts recently got a bill passed, ensuring that all patients residing in mental health facilities would have the right to reasonably, consistently access the outdoors--also known as The Right to Fresh Air bill. [+]

Regional Updates | Local | Education | Health

Tulsa World – April 04, 2015

Street School: At-Risk City Kids Learn About the Joys of the Great Outdoors

Street School: At-Risk City Kids Learn About the Joys of the Great Outdoors

By Andrea Eger
Teacher and outdoorsman Jason Cole gives at-risk city kids a taste of nature with his alternative education school's newly revived Wilderness Adventure Club, with activities drawn from Richard Louv's "Last Child in the Woods." [+]

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Connecting Children With Nature

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The Right to Fresh Air: Mental Health Patients Get Boost in Recovery

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