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Built Environment | Health

National Geographic – June 28, 2013

Connecting with Nature Boosts Creativity and Health

Connecting with Nature Boosts Creativity and Health

By Brian Clark Howard
C&NN co-Founder Richard Louv inspires National Geographic staff about the benefits of spending time outdoors. "I've been arguing for a while that connection to nature should be thought of as a human right," he said. [+]

PRWeb – July 18, 2013

Richard Louv to Speak at National Marine Educators Association Conference

Richard Louv to Speak at National Marine Educators Association Conference

By NMEA
C&NN co-Founder Louv will serve as the keynote speaker for the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) Conference in Mobile, Alabama on July 22, 2013. NMEA Conference co-Chair Joan Turner said, "“We are thrilled to have Louv participate and remind us all the importance of the work we do in educating the generations behind us on how to preserve nature for future generations to enjoy its beauty and wonder.” [+]

Regional Updates | National

Center for American Progress – June 19, 2013

Children, Conservation and the Future of America’s Great Outdoors

Children, Conservation and the Future of America’s Great Outdoors

By Center for American Progress
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and C&NN's Richard Louv will discuss the growing disconnect between people and nature. See below for live webcast information. [+]

Natural Leaders | Press Release | Campaign/Initiative

Natural Leaders Network – May 29, 2013

Children & Nature Network Gets Children and Youth Outside in Nature

Children & Nature Network Gets Children and Youth Outside in Nature

By Natural Leaders Network
The Children & Nature Network’s Natural Leaders Legacy Initiative has been awarded funding from the REI Foundation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and The North Face to equip young community organizers with outdoor certification and leadership skills to reconnect children and youth with nature. [+]

Health

Houston Chronicle – April 13, 2013

Houston Wilderness and C&NN: Our Kids Need Time Outside

Houston Wilderness and C&NN: Our Kids Need Time Outside

By Richard Louv, Richard Torres
Nature-based exercise especially effective at fighting "pandemic of inactivity" that is public health problem. [+]

State | Event

First Ever Youth Congress on Children and Nature Held in Wyoming

First Ever Youth Congress on Children and Nature Held in Wyoming

The First Wyoming Youth Congress on Children and Nature was held at Teton Science Schools in Jackson, WY on October 15-18, 2009. Students representing Wyoming’s 48 school districts were invited to convene in a structured setting to voice opinions, share visions, and identify new ideas related to their connection to the outdoors. These youth leaders were empowered to effect change across the state of Wyoming by inspiring other youth, parents, teachers, and decision-makers to take action.
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Regional Updates | International | Access | Education | Health

Associated Press – July 19, 2014

No walls, no classrooms: London’s first forest nursery school lets kids learn in the woods

No walls, no classrooms: London’s first forest nursery school lets kids learn in the woods

By Siobhan Starrs
London's "Into the Woods" forest nursery was opened in April following a trend by educators in Scandinavia, Germany and Scotland. These forest nurseries allow local children to learn, and let their imagination run free, completely surrounded by nature.
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Allies | Natural Leaders | Press Release | Event

C&NN – July 17, 2014

Natural Leaders Network Ramping up for Third Annual Legacy Camp

Natural Leaders Network Ramping up for Third Annual Legacy Camp

By Natural Leaders Network
Event convened by the Children & Nature Network’s Natural Leaders will focus on training young, diverse leaders in community leadership development and providing skills training for leading nature-based outings [+] [PDF]

Regional Updates | Local

The Ripple Effect – June 17, 2014

“Healthy Wetlands” – A Master Naturalist Creates Journeys Through Southwood Nature Preserve

“Healthy Wetlands” – A Master Naturalist Creates Journeys Through Southwood Nature Preserve

By Sage Passi
Master Naturalist, Cathy Troendle dedicates her time to fostering encounters with the natural world for young people in her North Saint Paul, Minnesota community. Recently, her dreams for a hands-on learning opportunity for young people at a local nature preserve became a reality. [+]

Natural Leaders | Press Release | Legislation/Policy

Children & Nature Network – June 24, 2014

Natural Leaders Network Host BUILDING THE NEXT GENERATION OF DIVERSE NATURE-SMART LEADERS Congressional Briefing

Natural Leaders Network Host BUILDING THE NEXT GENERATION OF DIVERSE NATURE-SMART LEADERS Congressional Briefing

By Juan Martinez
Timed with Great Outdoors America Week, the Children and Nature Network's Natural Leaders' briefing to congress on June 24th highlighted the role of Latino youth in the future of conservation and outdoor recreation Movements. [+]

Research & Studies | Education

National Association for the Education of Young Children – May 31, 2014

Holding on to Play: Reflecting on Experiences as a Playful K–3 Teacher

Holding on to Play: Reflecting on Experiences as a Playful K–3 Teacher

By Lisa D. Wood
Lisa D. Wood, associate instructor and doctoral candidate in the Curriculum and Instruction, Early Childhood and Art Education program at Indiana University, reflects on the challenges and triumphs of incorporating play into her curriculum as a K-3 teacher. [+]

Commentary | Health

Starting with Curious – June 06, 2014

Hitting the Wellness Trail

Hitting the Wellness Trail

By Marc Gorelick
Marc Gorelick, a pediatric emergency physician at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, has noted a growing awareness of the power of nature to heal, both anecdotally and professionally. He imagines a world where all hospitals have outdoor spaces for patients to wander and connect with nature. [+]

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Recent News

Association of Zoos & Aquariums Awards 30 Nature Play Grants

The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) announced the recipients of 30 “Nature Play Begins… [+]

Natural-terrain schoolyards reduce children’s stress, says CU-Boulder study

Playing in schoolyards that feature natural habitats and trees and not just asphalt and recreation… [+]

Outdoor Education: Children develop sensory integration skills

Using her experience in pediatric occupation therapy and her background in kinesiology, pediatric occupational therapist… [+]

Who’s Afraid of “Big Bad Nature”? Far Too Many Kids

Rangers at National Wildlife Refuges are discovering a new phenomenon this summer: young visitors are… [+]

No walls, no classrooms: London’s first forest nursery school lets kids learn in the woods

London's "Into the Woods" forest nursery was opened in April following a trend by educators… [+]

Primary care practices to provide patients with 10,000 state park passes

Primary care physicians at 124 practices across Maine who participate in the Let’s Go! program… [+]

To Make Children Healthier, A Doctor Prescribes A Trip To The Park

Zarr, a pediatrician at a clinic that serves low-income and uninsured families in Washington, D.C.,… [+]

Natural Leaders Network Ramping up for Third Annual Legacy Camp

Event convened by the Children & Nature Network’s Natural Leaders will focus on training young,… [+] [PDF]

Hugh Dennis Launches National Trust Campaign to Get Children Playing Outdoors

Hugh Dennis, the comedian who played the beleaguered dad in Outnumbered, helps launch the National… [+]

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C&NN Publications

As part of our ongoing efforts to build the movement, the Children & Nature Network has published these resources for leaders, organizers, and participants at the local, national, and international levels:

2010 C&NN Report
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Children and Nature 2009: A Report on the Movement to Reconnect Children to the Natural World
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C&NN Community Action Guide: Building the Children & Nature Movement from the Ground Up
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