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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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Feature | Regional Updates | Local | Access | Health | Media & Culture

Chicago Sun Times – December 28, 2014

Exclusive: Boy’s Letter to Santa, ‘I Just Wanna Be Safe,’ Gets Heartfelt Response From Obama

Exclusive: Boy’s Letter to Santa, ‘I Just Wanna Be Safe,’ Gets Heartfelt Response From Obama

By Maudlyne Ihejirika
When 13-year-old Malik from Chicago wrote to Santa asking to feel safe enough to play in his own neighborhood, he never expected to receive a letter back from President Obama. [+]

Natural Leaders | Regional Updates | International | Access | Education

Northumberland News – November 27, 2014

Discovering Nature in Northumberland to Help Youth at Risk

Discovering Nature in Northumberland to Help Youth at Risk

By Karen Longwell
Veteran teacher Nancy Mallette decided to battle the increasing lack of focus she saw in her elementary students by getting them outside to interact with nature and horses. [+]

Allies | Natural Leaders | Regional Updates | National | Access | Education

National Parks Traveler – November 24, 2014

Glacier Bay National Park Rangers Honored As Park Service’s Best Interpreters

Glacier Bay National Park Rangers Honored As Park Service’s Best Interpreters

By NPT Staff
For a park ranger, cultural competency allows you to reach, connect with, and educate a greater number of park visitors. Two Glacier Bay National Park rangers are being awarded with the Freeman Tilden Award for the incredible story they built around the 45-foot-long skeleton of a humpback whale that long plied the park's waters. [+]

Press Release | Regional Updates | National | Campaign/Initiative

National League of Cities – November 19, 2014

New Initiative to Help Cities Increase Nature Access for Children Launched By League of Cities

New Initiative to Help Cities Increase Nature Access for Children Launched By League of Cities

By Gregory Minchak
The National League of Cities and the Children & Nature Network are partnering for an exciting initiative that will support city leaders in getting young people outdoors and connected to natural areas and open space. [+]

Natural Leaders | Regional Updates | Local | State | Access

National Parks Traveler – November 04, 2014

Sweating the Trail Details In the National Parks: Maintaining Rocky Mountain National Park Trails

Sweating the Trail Details In the National Parks: Maintaining Rocky Mountain National Park Trails

By Kurt Repanshek
Cultivating the next generation of outdoor leaders while protecting the valuable trails and landscapes of Rocky Mountain National Park, the Rocky Mountain Conservancy provided on-the-ground training to dozens of conservation corps interns this past summer. [+]

Natural Leaders | Press Release | Access | Education

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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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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