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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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Health

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. [+]

Research & Studies | Education | Legislation/Policy

National Parks Traveler – August 14, 2014

Secretary Jewell To Visit Acadia National Park To Highlight Science And Youth

Secretary Jewell To Visit Acadia National Park To Highlight Science And Youth

By NPT Staff
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell recently visited Acadia National Park as part of an ambitious youth initiative to get young people learning, working and playing outdoors. Acadia and other national parks are vital landscapes for scientific study, exploration, and education, and provide opportunities for young people to engage with the outdoors in a meaningful way. [+]

Natural Leaders | Education

The Times Picayune – August 13, 2014

Loyola Professors Will Use Technology to Teach Children About Audubon Park in New Orleans

Loyola Professors Will Use Technology to Teach Children About Audubon Park in New Orleans

By Elizabeth Heideman
Two science professors at New Orleans' Loyola University are developing an interactive children's iPad app that guides students through the city's prized Audubon Park, teaching them biology and environmental science concepts that apply to their surroundings. [+]

Built Environment | Education | Health

Spotlight on St. Paul – July 30, 2014

Getting out in Nature at the Sun Ray Library

Getting out in Nature at the Sun Ray Library

By Kathy Lantry
In partnership with Children & Nature Network, the Saint Paul Public Library and Saint Paul Department of Parks and Recreation, the Sun Ray Library will celebrate its grand opening this fall after a very unique renovation. This project will connect natural elements throughout the indoor and outdoor areas of the library. [+]

Regional Updates | National | Education | Leadership

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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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. [+]

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– July 29, 2014

Ohio 8-Year-Old Wins CLIF Kid Backyard Game of the Year Contest

Ohio 8-Year-Old Wins CLIF Kid Backyard Game of the Year Contest

By CLIF Kid
CLIF Kid® announced the winning game of its fourth annual Backyard Game of the Year contest. This year's winning game, “Shadow Jumpers”, falls in the "Nature" play category and helps to inspire others to play outside in nature. [+]

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Youth Learn About U.S. Forest Service Careers

Wilderness Inquiry, the U.S. Forest Service and the YWCA of St. Paul have partnered to… [+]

Secretary Jewell To Visit Acadia National Park To Highlight Science And Youth

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell recently visited Acadia National Park as part of an… [+]

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