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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 | Natural Leaders | Regional Updates | Local | Education

Bay Nature – December 15, 2014

To Get Kids to the Wilderness, Oakland Group Trains and Equips Trip Leaders

To Get Kids to the Wilderness, Oakland Group Trains and Equips Trip Leaders

By Rachel Hiles
Bay Area Wilderness Training, an Earth Island Institute Project, gives young people firsthand, culturally-relevant wilderness experiences, as well as creates opportunities for their educators to receive outdoor leadership training. [+]

Regional Updates | International | Education | Health

The Guardian UK – December 09, 2014

Forest Schools: Fires, Trees and Mud Pies

Forest Schools: Fires, Trees and Mud Pies

By Patrick Barkham
Forest schools are taking the UK by storm, and some, such as the new Dandelion School, have no indoors at all. Can these nursery schools adequately prepare children for the rigors of modern elementary school? [+]

Regional Updates | Local

Casper Star Tribune – December 08, 2014

Critics Say Doubling Cost to Enter Yellowstone and Grand Teton Parks Prices People Out

Critics Say Doubling Cost to Enter Yellowstone and Grand Teton Parks Prices People Out

By The Associated Press
With accessibility to national parks already proving to be challenging for some groups of people, critics are decrying a proposed fee hike at Yellowstone and Grand Teton parks, worried that it will price many families who wish to visit out. [+]

Commentary | Regional Updates | Local | Health

Lake Placid News – December 06, 2014

Returning to Our Home in the Woods

Returning to Our Home in the Woods

By Joe Hackett
A thoughtful commentary on wild places being our instinctive home as humans and just how essential it is for us to find a way back to nature as a way of life. [+]

Feature | Regional Updates | State | Built Environment | Health

Pocono Record – December 03, 2014

Multigenerational Playgrounds Serve Kids, Parents, Grandparents

Multigenerational Playgrounds Serve Kids, Parents, Grandparents

By Diane C. Lade
Outdoor exercise stations and walking paths next to slides, swings and monkey bars: Wonderful, functional multigenerational playgrounds are popping up in areas where retirement communities sit next to family-friendly subdivisions. [+]

Commentary | Regional Updates | National | Education

The Washington Post – December 03, 2014

A Therapist Goes to Middle School and Tries to Sit Still and Focus. She Can’t. Neither Can the Kids.

A Therapist Goes to Middle School and Tries to Sit Still and Focus. She Can’t. Neither Can the Kids.

By Valerie Strauss and Angela Hanscom
As a follow-up to a Washington Post series that looked at restricted movement and its correlation with lack of focus in the classroom, TimberNook founder and pediatric occupational therapist Angela Hanscom attempted to sit still and focus in a middle school classroom. It ended up being much harder than she thought. [+]

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