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Children & Nature Network - July 30, 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

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

CLIF Kid® announced the winning game of its fourth annual Backyard Game of the Year… [+]

Are gadgets ruining family time and stopping kids playing outside in the summer holidays?

New research has painted a negative picture of how technology is affecting children’s love of… [+]

Rx: 50 mg Nature, Ad Lib

Doctors are prescribing a walk in the park for conditions as wide-ranging as ADHD, high… [+]

Association of Zoos & Aquariums Awards 30 Nature Play Grants

The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) announced the recipients of 30 “Nature Play Begins… [+]

Natural-terrain schoolyards reduce children’s stress, says CU-Boulder study

Playing in schoolyards that feature natural habitats and trees and not just asphalt and recreation… [+]

Outdoor Education: Children develop sensory integration skills

Using her experience in pediatric occupation therapy and her background in kinesiology, pediatric occupational therapist… [+]

Who’s Afraid of “Big Bad Nature”? Far Too Many Kids

Rangers at National Wildlife Refuges are discovering a new phenomenon this summer: young visitors are… [+]

No walls, no classrooms: London’s first forest nursery school lets kids learn in the woods

London's "Into the Woods" forest nursery was opened in April following a trend by educators… [+]

Primary care practices to provide patients with 10,000 state park passes

Primary care physicians at 124 practices across Maine who participate in the Let’s Go! program… [+]

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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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