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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 | 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. [+]

Regional Updates | Local | Access | Built Environment | Education

The Oregonian – October 07, 2014

City’s First Permanent Nature-Based Play Area Open at SE Portland Park

City’s First Permanent Nature-Based Play Area Open at SE Portland Park

By Melissa Binder
The Portland Parks Bureau's Nature-Based Play Initiative has opened an exciting pilot project, a permanent nature play area at the city's Westmoreland Park. [+]

Natural Leaders | Press Release | Access | Education | Event

Wilderness 50th – October 01, 2014

National Conference, Festival Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Wilderness

National Conference, Festival Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Wilderness

By Lisa Ronald
Children & Nature Network's Juan Martinez and Rue Mapp of Outdoor Afro are just two of the featured speakers at this month's National Wilderness Conference, focused on raising public awareness of wilderness and engaging youth during 2014, the 50th anniversary year of the signing of the Wilderness Act. [+]

Natural Leaders | Regional Updates | Local | Access | Education | Health

The Ann Arbor Independent – October 02, 2014

At Thurston Nature Center, Neighbors Come Together to Carry on a 50 Year Legacy of Stewardship

At Thurston Nature Center, Neighbors Come Together to Carry on a 50 Year Legacy of Stewardship

By Marjorie Winkelman
What better way to bring a community together than through nature? Ann Arbor's Thurston Nature Center has been hosting twice-yearly volunteer days for nearly 50 years now, bringing together kids, adults and seniors to care for this thriving outdoor classroom. [+]

Natural Leaders | Regional Updates | State | Access | Education

The Monitor – October 03, 2014

PSJA Tree Planting Sprouts New Outdoor Education Growth

PSJA Tree Planting Sprouts New Outdoor Education Growth

By Kristen Mosbrucker
Thanks to a $45,650 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, elementary school students in San Juan and Pharr, Texas will have the grass fields at their schools transformed into native landscapes. The best part: the kids get to play a hands-on role in planting and creating these habitats! [+]

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Nonprofit Celebrates 60 Years Teaching Earth Stewardship

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The Science of Awe

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City’s First Permanent Nature-Based Play Area Open at SE Portland Park

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How Technology Could Motivate Children to Explore Nature

A study out of the Institute for Sustainable Futures aims to determine if technology can… [+]

What Happens When You Tear 6th Graders Away From Their Gadgets for 5 Days

A team of researchers took all forms of electronic media away from a group of… [+]

National Conference, Festival Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Wilderness

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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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