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National Environmental Education Foundation – January 03, 2014

Walking in Nature Prescription for Better Health

Walking in Nature Prescription for Better Health

By Leyla Erk McCurdy
Regular walking can have a tremendous positive impact on overall health and well-being. There are additional benefits in taking these walks in natural environments, such as parks, trails, and other green spaces. Studies have shown that people are more likely to walk and be physically active, as well as enjoy higher levels of health and well-being when they have easily accessible green spaces in their communities.
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David Suzuki Foundation – July 23, 2013

Report Confirms Daily Dose of Nature Boosts Happiness, Wellbeing

Report Confirms Daily Dose of Nature Boosts Happiness, Wellbeing

By David Suzuki Foundation
In May, more than 10,000 Canadians and over 250 workplaces participated in the David Suzuki Foundation's 30×30 Nature Challenge. The national program challenged participants to commit to getting out into nature for 30 minutes a day for 30 consecutive days. Researchers found that participants doubled their time in nature and increased their happiness. [+]

Campaign/Initiative | Event

Sierra Club MIssion Outdoors – April 16, 2013

Celebrating Our Military Families in North Carolina

Celebrating Our Military Families in North Carolina

By Mission Outdoors Blog
Sierra Club Celebration of the Military Child Outdoors gets families outside in N. Carolina. [+]

Regional Updates | National | Access

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. [+]

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

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. [+]

Regional Updates | Local | Access | Education | Campaign/Initiative | Event

The Register-Guard – November 09, 2014

Forecast Calls for Fun

Forecast Calls for Fun

By Jack Moran
Oregon's annual Play in the Rain Day, an effort affiliated with Children & Nature Network, is designed to empower and encourage families to get outside to play, no matter the season. [+]

Regional Updates | Local | State | Access | Built Environment | Education

Lillie News – November 06, 2014

Sun Ray Library Re-opens Nov. 8

Sun Ray Library Re-opens Nov. 8

By Patrick Larkin
After nearly a year of renovations, the all new Sun Ray Library has re-opened, complete with natural features throughout the space. This project was made possible in part through a partnership between the Saint Paul Public Library and Children & Nature Network. [+]

Natural Leaders | Regional Updates | National | Education | Media & Culture

New York Times – October 19, 2014

Girl Scouts Debate Their Place in a Changing World

Girl Scouts Debate Their Place in a Changing World

By Jennifer Dobner
Though the Girl Scouts of America have evolved over the decades to meet the needs and interests of the new generation, a commitment to time spent in nature remains as important as ever. [+]

Natural Leaders | Regional Updates | Local | Education | Resource

Syracuse University – October 13, 2014

New Course, “Literacy, Inquiry, Nature for Librarians,” Offered

New Course, “Literacy, Inquiry, Nature for Librarians,” Offered

By Diane Stirling
At Syracuse University, librarians and other educators can now take an incredibly unique 8-week course that will help them guide elementary and middle school students in learning about the natural environment. [+]

Press Release | Access

American Camp Association – October 10, 2014

American Camp Association® and the Children & Nature Network Announce a Partnership to Connect Children and Families to Nature

American Camp Association® and the Children & Nature Network Announce a  Partnership to Connect Children and Families to Nature

The American Camp Association and the Children & Nature Network are partnering with the goal of furthering the common goals of both organizations to significantly increase opportunities for children to get outside and experience nature. [+]

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Connecting With Nature? There’s an App for That

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Multigenerational Playgrounds Serve Kids, Parents, Grandparents

Outdoor exercise stations and walking paths next to slides, swings and monkey bars: Wonderful, functional… [+]

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As a follow-up to a Washington Post series that looked at restricted movement and its… [+]

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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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