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Aug 24, 2011 02:44 pm | Katia RossiFun, fresh, exciting, educational, and relaxing. These are just a few words I would use to describe the outdoors. It's all around us, and thank goodness! I wouldn't know what to do if I didn't have nature in my life.

For some, the outdoors is a twenty minute walk after work with their companion or a weekend spent harvesting vegetables in the garden. For others, it takes the form of activities like fishing, camping, or kayaking. For me, it's hiking for hours through forest trails…

Aug 24, 2011 12:49 pm | Daniella (Donna) Drader

I was so happy to see this video of what is going on in Canada with the Natural Leaders. What a great way to showcase their programs. I'd love to see more of this! Check it out and let me know if there are any other videos to model after and post. Thanks :)

Get Outside BC Youth Summit 2011 from Becs Hoskins on Vimeo.

Aug 24, 2011 04:31 pm | Daniella (Donna) Drader
It's so amazing to see how the Natural Leaders Get Outside Day has sparked a month long Serve Outside September (S.O.S.) campaign and connected us to this wonderful group! A core group of Natural Leaders will be serving at the San Diego Canyonlands from 12:30-2:00 on September 22nd. We'd love to have you join us if you'll be in town. I'd love to hear about all the other projects planned as well. Let's work together to make it an even better year than last!

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This tool kit is a guide for all youth around the world who want to start Natural Leaders action groups or networks. It’s like a road map to figure out how to get started and where to go with your work. It offers some cool ideas and gives examples of how you might build your own Network. You will find stories of current Natural Leaders and the work they are doing, as well as the history of the Natural Leaders Network and how Natural Leaders fit into the greater movement to reconnect kids to nature. Go ahead, download it now and start reading.



Wales National Trust Offers Wild Child Events to Combat Nature-Deficit Disorder
by Culture 24
Aug 24, 2011 10:52 am
Wales National Trust is encouraging kids to get outdoors and re-engage with nature through Wild Child play sessions across the UK.
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Playing Outside is Good for Children’s Health, Experts in Wales Say
by Rachael Misstear
Aug 24, 2011 10:46 am
Wales National Trust launches series of events to help combat nature-deficit disorder.
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A Stand-Up Idea To Shake Things Up In The Classroom
by Sarah Cody
Aug 24, 2011 08:59 am
Across the U.S., schools are experimenting with adjustable stand-up desks.
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6-Year-Old is a Natural
by Dale Bowman
Aug 23, 2011 10:00 pm
Of four children, it is the author's youngest who is most connected to nature.
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Conversations with Richard Louv: Kids and The Nature Principle
by Laure Latham
Aug 23, 2011 10:50 am
Frog Mom Blog's Laure Latham interviews Richard Louv on The Nature Principle and the importance of reconnecting to nature.
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Are Today’s Youth Less Creative & Imaginative?
by Rachael Rettner
Aug 22, 2011 09:49 am
Researchers find that creativity has decreased among American children in the last 20 years, due to over-testing and -scheduling and lack of pretend play.
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Let’s Create Safe Places for Kids to Get Dirty
by Bill Hopple
Aug 17, 2011 11:21 am
We have to create places in nature that parents feel are safe, and that will allow children to explore on their own, says Cincinnati Nature Center Director.
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Cincinnati Nature Center Opens PlayScape
by John Johnston
Aug 17, 2011 11:12 am
New Nature PlayScape at Cincinnati Nature Center is completely focused on nature to encourage open-ended creative play.
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Off the Grid, Where the Living is Good
by Craig Leisher
Aug 17, 2011 07:21 am
Senior social science adviser for the Nature Conservancy moves his family to a Maine Woods cabin for a year to cure nature-deficit disorder.
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Taking the Kids: Combating Nature Deficit
by Eileen Ogintz
Aug 16, 2011 09:46 am
Thinking about enrichment for kids? Get them outside, say Richard Louv and others.
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Reconnecting Children and Nature
by Judith Stock
Aug 15, 2011 02:41 pm
It may not be recognized by the AMA, but nature-deficit disorder is raising Cain with children in the industrialized world — and it can be fought.
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Where are the People of Color in National Parks?
by Rob Lovitt
Aug 12, 2011 10:15 am
New report shows that, while American public has grown increasingly diverse, black and Hispanic-Americans remain underrepresented in national parks.
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Central VA Parents Look High and Low for Shaded Playgrounds
by Kristen Green
Aug 12, 2011 09:37 am
Finding a shaded playground in the Richmond area in summer is a challenge.
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Singapore Aims to Become a City in a Garden
by David Roberts
Aug 12, 2011 09:10 am
In Singapore's next 10-year "green road map," the country aims to go from being "a garden city" to "a city in a garden."
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Do You Need a Nature Prescription?
by Carol Sorgen
Aug 09, 2011 02:58 pm
Nature therapy may mean that better health is right outside your door.
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Volunteer on National Public Lands Day
Aug 09, 2011 01:54 pm
National Public Lands Day (NPLD) joins forces with C&NN’s Natural Service Network to encourage young people to get outside and volunteer.
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Richard Louv on Children and Nature
by Jane Clifford
Aug 09, 2011 01:42 pm
C&NN Founding Chair Richard Louv discusses ideas for getting kids outside and why it's beneficial to do so.
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New Research Suggests Early Family Influence Helps Get Kids Interested in the Outdoors
by John Hayes
Aug 08, 2011 12:19 pm
Youth mentoring programs effective in retaining, enhancing a child's existing interest in the outdoors. Family influence an even greater factor.
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Secret Garden: Scotland Pre-school Where Kids Spend All Day Outdoors
by Phoebe Doyle
Aug 08, 2011 12:01 pm
"No toys, limited practical resources but plenty of space and opportunity to go where the imagination may take us," School Director says.
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Rocky Mountain National Park Welcomes First Child Artist in Residence
by Bobby Magill
Aug 04, 2011 04:42 pm
Longstanding program welcomes young artist as part of effort to connect more children to nature.
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The Outdoors as a “World of Wonder” for Children
by Lilly Vicens
Aug 03, 2011 10:03 am
Local NC program is changing the way families experience nature.
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The Outdoor Child Should be an ‘Indicator Species’ for London
by Tim Gill
Aug 03, 2011 09:40 am
Report states that the presence of children outdoors should be seen as a measure of neighborhood health.
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Montana Educators Help Kids Re-Connect with Nature

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