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Children & Nature Network - October 22, 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

Girl Scouts Debate Their Place in a Changing World

Though the Girl Scouts of America have evolved over the decades to meet the needs… [+]

Green Space Makes for Better Students

A landmark collaborative study conducted with elementary school students in Massachusetts found that students attending… [+]

New Course, “Literacy, Inquiry, Nature for Librarians,” Offered

At Syracuse University, librarians and other educators can now take an incredibly unique 8-week course… [+]

Nonprofit Celebrates 60 Years Teaching Earth Stewardship

A Boulder County nonprofit celebrates an impressive 60 years of connecting more than a quarter… [+]

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… [+]

The Science of Awe

Psychologists are coming to understand that the state of awe nature puts you in can… [+]

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

The Portland Parks Bureau's Nature-Based Play Initiative has opened an exciting pilot project, a permanent… [+]

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… [+]

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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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