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Children & Nature Network - September 16, 2014

Feature | Natural Leaders | Press Release

Natural Leaders Network Announces Largest Gift; $200,000 from The REI Foundation

Natural Leaders Network Announces Largest Gift; $200,000 from The REI Foundation

A $200,000 grant from The REI Foundation will help empower diverse young leaders through this Children and Nature Network program focused on training and mentoring as a means to combat Nature-Deficit Disorder. [+] [PDF]

Commentary | Feature | Regional Updates | International

Raising a Child Dangerously

Raising a Child Dangerously

Diane Selkirk and her husband are raising their child while traveling aboard a 40-foot sailboat. Many say adventure sailing with young children can be risky, especially after the recent public rescue of another sailing family. Selkirk says it's the best way she knows how to parent. [+]

Research & Studies | Media & Culture

When Parents Are The Ones Too Distracted By Devices

When Parents Are The Ones Too Distracted By Devices

Having a teenager lost in his or her cellphone — texting friends and communicating with parents in monosyllabic grunts — has become a trope of the Internet age. But teens are not the only ones distracted by their devices. [+]

Press Release | Regional Updates | Local | State | National | Leadership | Legislation/Policy

Former head of the National Park Service, Fran Mainella, to Chair The Children & Nature Network’s Board of Directors

Former head of the National Park Service, Fran Mainella, to Chair The Children & Nature Network’s Board of Directors

Longtime nature policy pioneer and former head of the National Park Service, Fran Mainella, took over in January 2014 as Board Chair of The Children & Nature Network (C&NN). Fran Mainella served as the 16th Director of the National Park Service from 2001 – 2006. She was the first woman to hold this key position. [+] [PDF]

Allies | Commentary | Health

Your Couch Is Far More Dangerous Than You Think

Your Couch Is Far More Dangerous Than You Think

Ben Klasky, President and CEO of IslandWood, wonders how our culture became so fearful of letting kids play on their own outdoors that we actively keep them inside. Looking at the numbers, he suggests perhaps that fear is misplaced. [+]

Regional Updates | Research & Studies | International | Education | Health

School Ditches Rules and Loses Bullies

School Ditches Rules and Loses Bullies

New Zealand school allows rule-free outdoor play and sees remarkable behavioral changes. Where some expected "Lord of the Flies," these students took advantage of their unstructured time outdoors to practice creativity, compassion, and imagination. The experiment raises interesting questions about the balance between safety and the benefits of free outdoor play. [+]

Recent News

Leaps and Bounds Daycare Receives National Certification

Classrooms across the country, such as Leaps and Bounds Daycare in Nebraska, are being certified… [+]

Green Groups to New York City: Drop Dead

Nature can be found and appreciated in the most unexpected places--like in the center of… [+]

National Grant to Aid Fourth-graders’ Canal Trips

A recipient of one of the National Park Foundation's Ticket to Ride Grants, the Erie… [+]

Pocket of Suburbia in Ridgefield Park Turned Into Oasis

Retired New Jersey couple Steve and Linda Quinn were inspired by Richard Louv's "Last Child… [+]

New Guidelines to Bring Nature Play to Every Community

National Wildlife Federation and Natural Learning Initiative released guidelines this week for creating and managing… [+]

Ugandans Neglect Backyard Beauty

From Bwindi to Queen Elizabeth to Murchison Falls, Uganda is rich with national parks. But… [+]

Putting Nature at the Heart of Sustainable Cities

British architect and sustainable design pioneer Andrew Grant believes that connection with nature is a… [+]

North Country School Expanding Edible Schoolyard

The Edible Schoolyard Project, founded by Alice Waters in the 1990s in Berkeley, continues to… [+]

Why You Should Get Your Kids Outside

MeiMei Fox delves into a recent study by Nature Conservancy supported by Disney, which reveals… [+]

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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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