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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 | Natural Leaders | Regional Updates | Local

Franklin Home Page – April 21, 2014

Student’s Effort Leads To School’s Elimination of Foam Trays

Student’s Effort Leads To School’s Elimination of Foam Trays

By Sarah Kingsbury
A Tennessee eighth-grader so strongly opposed to the Styrofoam trays his school used that he refused to eat off of them. Thanks to his efforts, the school district has eliminated the environmentally harmful product from its entire system. [+]

Allies | Press Release | Campaign/Initiative

The Joint Center – April 15, 2014

Joint Center Partners with Children & Nature Network

Joint Center Partners with Children & Nature Network

By Autumn Saxton-Ross
The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies is partnering with The Children & Nature Network (C&NN) to improve the health outcomes for all communities. The aim is to leverage the knowledge and expertise of each organization’s network to promote access to green spaces. [+]

Regional Updates | State | Access | Legislation/Policy

The Minneapolis Star Tribune – April 08, 2014

Quest for ‘Racial Equity’ in Parks Has Some Wary

Quest for ‘Racial Equity’ in Parks Has Some Wary

By David Peterson
Regional planners in Minnesota's Twin Cities region are grappling with data showing that public parks disproportionately serve wealthy white communities and are underused by people of color. The planners hope to start what they admit will be a difficult conversation about race equity and public green spaces. [+]

Commentary | Regional Updates | National | Access

Grist.org – March 31, 2014

Want to Attract a New Generation to the National Parks? Find a Few New Rangers

Want to Attract a New Generation to the National Parks? Find a Few New Rangers

By Brentin Mock
How do we make the National Parks as treasured by the next generation of Americans as it was by the last? Part of the answer, according to Brentin Mock, is to make the National Park Service more reflective of the country's diversity as a whole. [+]

Allies | Feature | Access

American Adventure Guide – March 31, 2014

The Nurture of Nature

The Nurture of Nature

By Janice Swaisgood
Janice Swaisgood, National Coordinator, Natural Family Network, ponders how our communities would change if more parents, grandparents and kids around the country banded together to create outdoor adventure clubs, family nature networks, family outdoor clubs, or green gyms. What if this approach becomes the norm in every community? [+]

Health | Media & Culture

McClatchy-Tribune News Service – March 20, 2014

Connecting Your Children with Nature Can Have Many Benefits

Connecting Your Children with Nature Can Have Many Benefits

By Shelby Sheehan-Bernard
Leaders of the New Nature Movement from C&NN and the Nature Conservancy outline some of the benefits for children of being outdoors and how families can make it part of their regular routine. [+]

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Joint Center Partners with Children & Nature Network

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Leave No Child Inside

California assemblyman Mark Stone has introduced legislation that would help get more youth outdoors to… [+]

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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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