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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 | International | Built Environment | Resource

Deseret News – February 17, 2015

Adventure Playgrounds Unleash the Power of Play

Adventure Playgrounds Unleash the Power of Play

By Marsha Maxwell
Another look at The Land, an adventure playground in Wales and the subject of a recent documentary that embraces chaos and play as a process of self-discovery. [+]

Commentary | Natural Leaders | Regional Updates | State | Access

The Elkhart Truth – February 11, 2015

Children and Nature: Tips for Exploring the Outdoors with a Preschooler

Children and Nature: Tips for Exploring the Outdoors with a Preschooler

By Dr. Carla Gull
Dr. Carla Gull offers a variety of tips for parents of preschoolers who want to encourage their little ones to explore and experience nature. [+]

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

Texas Children in Nature – February 09, 2015

Connecting Families to Nature in Texas

Connecting Families to Nature in Texas

By Jennifer Bristol
Children & Nature Network allies Texas Children in Nature were recently featured on the news for their vital role in helping Austin kids connect with its diverse local outdoor offerings. [+]

Natural Leaders | Regional Updates | International | Education

Independent.ie – February 03, 2015

Into the Wild - Ireland’s First Nature Kindergarten

Into the Wild - Ireland’s First Nature Kindergarten

By Liz Kearney
Ireland is joining the growing international effort to connect kids with nature with its first nature kindergarten, where students spend all day outdoors and are challenged cognitively by the unpredictability of nature. [+]

Commentary | Health | Leadership

Washington Post – February 04, 2015

Four Ways to Combat the Winter Blahs

Four Ways to Combat the Winter Blahs

By Amy Joyce
It has been asked whether kids can get seasonal affective disorder, as many parents notice extra grumpiness and difficulty concentrating in their children this time of the year. Experts offer 4 solutions to tackle these challenges. [+]

Natural Leaders | Access | Education

Washington Post – February 04, 2015

How Schools Ruined Recess - And Four Things Needed to Fix It

How Schools Ruined Recess - And Four Things Needed to Fix It

By Angela Hanscom
Angela Hanscom of Timbernook discusses the loss of trust in children's free play and the potential difficulties that can arise with attention and behavior as a result of a restrictive play atmosphere. [+]

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An NPR interview with Dr. Scott Sampson, host of PBS Kids show "Dinosaur Kids" and… [+]

Wildlife Trust Column: Becoming a Part of Nature

This month, the UK's Wildlife Trust launched a unique initiative aimed at getting people to… [+]

Nature Lover Eric Crum Shares His Passion with the Next Generation

Long ago, Eric Crum was inspired to become a naturalist and educator by his Aboriginal… [+]

Outdoor Kids Could Soon Learn Lessons in Calgary’s First ‘Nature Kindergarten’

The Nature Kindergarten model made popular in Europe is now coming to Canada via a… [+]

Reconnecting Children with Local Food and the Land

East Coast programs like the Cornucopia Project and Food Connects bring attention to the farm-to-school… [+]

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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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