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Jul 12, 2013  | Lizbeth Williams

On June 25, I was was one of the 200 folks who came together to hear Secretary Sally Jewell's discussion on Children, Conservation, and the Future of America's Great Outdoors, moderated by Richard Louv. The day prior I was with over 100 youth at the Fish and Wildlife National Conservation Training Center, training young leaders on Climate and Conservation. I was honored to take some time away from the agenda and hear what our new secretary had to say… read more

Setting the stage for 2013-2014

Jun 28, 2013 08:03 pm | Katia Rossi

A special place in the woods of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, set the stage for our first Natural Leaders Legacy Camp in August of 2012. New relationships were built and our energy aligned. Participants from 16 different states, Puerto Rico, Canada and Australia had the opportunity to develop personal stories, identify different leadership styles, share cross-cultural ideas and create action plans. Attendees gained firsthand knowledge about community… read more

May 25, 2013 05:33 pm | Emily Gail Bobrowich

When hiking on difficult or obscure trails, I often find myself guided by cairns. Cairns are delicately stacked piles of stone that often start out with a large base and come to a point. They are built by hikers to mark a new trail, or to show the way through dangerous passes, and are used on trails in the U.S. and across the globe. With their presence, they guide hikers in the right direction. read more

May 21, 2013 10:13 am | Libby Thorson

Growing up in a Catholic family, I was forced to attend church, go to catechism and eventually go through the process of being confirmed when I was 16 years old. As a child, I never really felt like I belonged in the Church, but believed in the basics of what the Bible was saying: to be a good, kind and compassionate human being and to take care of "God's" creations. From a young age, I felt like I never really had a choice. I resented that, and the fact that I did not get that… read more

"We are risk-averse by nature - but the only way you can reach your full potential is by taking chances. Understand that you are capable of far more than you've achieved, believe that you have something of value to share with the world, and take care to step outside of your comfort zone and into your greatness. Your courage will inspire others to do the same."

- Les Brown - Author, Live Your Dreams

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Millennials are Tackling Nature-Deficit Disorder

Jul 24, 2013 11:22 am | C&NN 

The Children & Nature Network announced the publication of the Natural Leaders Network 2013 Curriculum Guide. The purpose of this Guide is to serve as a resource and practical tool for developing young leaders who will help to reconnect children with nature. + read

Participants Selected for the 2013 Natural Leaders Legacy Camp

Jul 24, 2013 11:14 am | C&NN 

Applications were received from millennial leaders around the world who have a passion for connecting children with nature. Through a rigorous and intense review process, an outstanding and qualified group of 52 have been chosen to participate. + read

Time to Get Back to Nature at Summer Camps

Jul 15, 2013 08:53 pm | Richard Louv

It’s time for a resurgence of the nature-based summer camp experience. A growing body of scientific knowledge indicates just how much children (and adults) can benefit from time spent outdoors. + read

Texas Elementary School Joins Outdoor Learning Movement

Jul 15, 2013 08:39 pm | Terry Evans

An outdoor learning area is influenced by No Child Left Inside and Richard Louv's Last Child in the Woods. When children play and learn outside, they are healthier physically and mentally, they do better in school, they have better self-esteem and discipline, they’re better problem solvers, says Nancy Herron, a leader in the Texas Natural Resource/Environmental Literacy Plan. + read

Finalists Chosen for CLIF Kid® Backyard Game of the Year Playoffs

Jul 15, 2013 12:17 pm | CLIF Bar

Pro skateboarder Tony Hawk and authors Stacy Tornio and Ken Keffer (The Kids Outdoor Adventure Book) will select the winner at a free, family-friendly event in San Diego, CA, July 27. + read

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

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 America's natural spaces. + read

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