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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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Allies | Regional Updates | National | Education

South Dade NewsLeader – August 05, 2014

Picture Your Teacher In A National Park This Summer

Picture Your Teacher In A National Park This Summer

By Allyson Gantt
South Florida's national parks Teacher-Ranger-Teacher (TRT) program offers teachers new knowledge, skills, and appreciation for Florida's national parks as well as a variety of exciting hands-on experiences in the parks. TRT also helps the park form valuable partnerships with local educators while park staff enjoy the infusion of enthusiasm and fresh perspective these teachers bring.
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Allies | Press Release | Regional Updates | International | Access | Health | Campaign/Initiative

Children & Nature Network – August 07, 2014

Children & Nature Network’s Family Nature Clubs in a New Spotlight with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums

Children & Nature Network’s Family Nature Clubs in a New Spotlight with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums

By Janice Swaisgood
More than $200,000 in nature play grants have been awarded to 30 accredited zoos and aquariums as part of a new AZA Nature Play initiative designed to help them increase or enhance family-centered nature experiences and Family Nature Clubs in their communities. [+]

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. [+]

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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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