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Jul 17, 2013 05:51 pm | Rachel Needham

Rachel HeadshotLast year, as Rachel Needham finished her senior year of high school, she wrote this fine piece about why she needs nature, the barriers to that experience, and why we all need a reality — or nature — check. As a high school senior preparing to apply for college, I am drowning in advice from ...

Jul 08, 2013 10:01 am | Louise Chawla

IMG_1434While children are at risk from indoor pollutants and toxins, Louise Chawla reminds us about the hidden chemical risks just outside the door, and tells us what we can do about them. Everyone who advocates connecting children with nature needs to add—“not nature sprayed with herbicides, insecticides and other pesticides.” In November 2012 the American ...

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Connecting With Nature Requires Public Access to the Natural World

Jul 10, 2013 08:36 am | Sean Gerrity 

People in the United States have a slowly eroding relationship with nature, but we could help reverse this trend with a combination of small, easy -- and some perhaps not so easy -- changes, including increasing access to U.S. public lands. + read

Kids with Autism Benefit from Outdoor Classroom

Jul 08, 2013 10:23 am | Andrea Gordon 

Children with autism flourish at Toronto's Blaydon Public School, where students play in an outdoor classroom at least 75 minutes a day in sun, rain or snow. One kindergarten teacher reports that she’s never seen young students so motivated and engaged. + read

Youth Program Grows Natural Leaders

Jul 07, 2013 12:11 pm | Liz Brouwer  

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS)'s youth-oriented Get Outside B.C. aims at building future environmental leaders. Jayden Rae, of Whitby, Ontario, is one of 36 environmentally conscious B.C. youth who participate in the program. The teen has already started an independent non-profit. + read

Connecting with Nature Boosts Creativity and Health

Jul 03, 2013 07:57 am | Brian Clark Howard 

C&NN co-Founder Richard Louv inspires National Geographic staff about the benefits of spending time outdoors. "I've been arguing for a while that connection to nature should be thought of as a human right," he said. + read

U.S. Interior Secretary Jewell and C&NN co-Founder Richard Louv Discuss How to Address the Disconnect Between Youth and Nature

Jul 01, 2013 05:11 pm | Hannah Traverse 

As part of Great Outdoors America Week 2013, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and journalist Richard Louv discussed the future of youth in conservation at an event at the Center for American Progress. In a question-and-answer format, Louv asked Secretary Jewell a range of questions about her views on the importance of encouraging youth outdoor recreation and about how to build a connection between young people and Americas natural spaces. + read

Great Outdoors America Week: Replacing Screen Time with Green Time

Jun 27, 2013 12:07 pm | Christopher Mulligan 

Author notes steady decline in outdoor activity and increasing disconnect from nature, especially over the past decade, and implores parents to set a positive example by making outdoor activity a priority. + read

Therapeutic Wilderness Program Supports National Great Outdoors Month

Jun 26, 2013 07:18 pm | PRWeb 

Trails Carolina, a therapeutic wilderness program for struggling teens and youth in western North Carolina, supports the efforts of our federal and state governments to reacquaint teens with the benefits of being outdoors. + read

Climb up to Nature

Jun 26, 2013 05:43 pm | Shirley Clerkin 

The architecture of our brains has been created by human experiences in nature over millennia. The plugged-in generation may be storing up emotional and physical ailments which a dose of scratching along in the outdoors would benefit. + read

Great Outdoors America Week is June 24-28, 2013

Jun 25, 2013 09:00 am | American Camp Association  

Tuesday June 25 features Children, Conservation, and the Future of America’s Great Outdoors, a discussion with Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and C&NN co-founder Richard Louv, + read

Richard Louv to Speak at National Marine Educators Association Conference

Jun 24, 2013 03:41 pm | NMEA 

C&NN co-Founder Louv will serve as the keynote speaker for the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) Conference in Mobile, Alabama on July 22, 2013. Prior to the conference, NMEA will host. Louv in a live chat on Twitter, using the hashtag #LouvChat + read

Corps Helps Children Get Back to Nature

Jun 24, 2013 10:54 am | Muscatine Journal 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mississippi River Project has created a Nature Backpack Program in an effort to provide an opportunity to encourage children to learn more about the natural world. Backpacks are available to check out on loan for a day + read

Top Scientists Say Children Should Have a Muddy Good Time

Jun 24, 2013 08:33 am | Tom Spears 

A fossil expert, a climatologist, a freshwater scientist, and a paleontologist all say their scientific understanding grew out of their emotional connection with our world. And they say this love of nature comes from getting mud on our clothes and dirt under our fingernails when we’re young. Not doing science, just playing. + read

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