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C&NN has compiled the following library of resources for use by movement leaders, network members, and supporters.
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blog: A Charlotte Mason Nature Study Group

Naomi Goegan

Learn about Charlotte Mason, a turn-of-the-century British educator who believed in a strong nature curriculum and is influencing a new generation of homeschoolers.

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book: A Fishing Surprise

A Fishing Surprise Rae McDonald

Two kids spend the day fishing. What a surprise to see what they bring home in their nets for dinner!

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book: A Garden for a Groundhog

A Garden for a Groundhog Lorna Balian

The O’Learys tend their garden carefully each year, but who wants to eat the vegetables?

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blog: A Sense of Security in the Face of Global Warming

Anne Morddel

Nature’s rhythms, seasons, and consistent occurrences can provide solace in an uncertain world.

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blog: A Sense of Wonder

Beth Chase

Get tons of ideas for maintaining, or invigorating, our senses of wonder in nature.

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blog: A Treasure Hunt: What’s Out There?

Shawn Moriarty

Wondering how to create a great nature treasure hunt? You’ll find lots of ideas here.

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book: Afternoon of the Elves

Afternoon of the Elves Janet Taylor Lisle

Nobel honor book that tells of two girls (one privileged, one poor and cared for by a mentally ill mother) who become friends over the latter’s elaborate backyard elf village.

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book: All Around Me I See

All Around Me I See Laya Steinberg

See the wonders of the world through the eyes of a young child.

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book: All in a Day

All in a Day Cynthia Rylant

See the many pleasures a kid can reap from a day outside, from planting a seed to picnicking.

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link: Alliance for Childhood

Alliance for Childhood

Interested in supporting children’s healthy development, love of learning, and joy in living? Explore the Alliance for Childhood.

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link: Alliance of Natural Resource Outreach and Service Programs

Alliance of Natural Resource Outreach and Service Programs

Interested in science or service programs that promote environmental awareness and conservation? Check out this Alliance.

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link: American Camp Association

American Camp Association

Looking for information about camps? ACA has been sharing knowledge and experience for nearly 100 years.

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link: American Latino Heritage Fund

American Latino Heritage Fund

The American Latino Heritage Fund (ALHF) of the National Park Foundation seeks to immediately and strategically integrate and celebrate the cultural, economic and civic contributions of Latino communities in the American story.

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link: Appalachian Mountain Club

Appalachian Mountain Club

Care about the Appalachian Mountain region? AMC promotes the protection, enjoyment, and understanding of its mountains, forests, waters, and trails.

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blog: Archeological Dig at the Cabin Path

Sarah Crutchfield

An archeological dig at the Cabin Path Workshop reveals Native American artifacts such as Mississippian pottery, rock tools, and arrowheads.

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book: Arthur’s Camp-Out

Arthur’s Camp-Out Lillian Hoban

Big brother Arthur thinks he knows more about camping than little sister Violet. Guess which one gets scared and which one comforts with roasted hot dogs and campfire songs?

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book: At Night

At Night Jonathan Bean

Feel the pull of the summer night? Try camping on your city rooftop!

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book: Bailey Goes Camping

Bailey Goes Camping Kevin Henkes

Bailey’s too young to join his Bunny Scout siblings on their camping trip, but his parents save the day by introducing him to camping indoors!

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book: Birds

Birds Kevin Henkes

Simple words and pictures render a child’s view of birds.

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book: Black Star

Black Star Scott O'Dell

A young Eskimo girl braves the frozen tundra when she takes her injured father’s place in the Iditarod dog sled race.

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book: Blueberries for Sal

Blueberries for Sal Robert McCloskey

Plink, plank, plunk. Eat a berry, see a bear. It’s all good in this classic picture book.

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book: Blueberry Shoe

Blueberry Shoe Ann Dixon

Next time you’re out picking blueberries, make sure everyone keeps their shoes on!

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book: Boat Ride with Lillian Two-Blossom

Boat Ride with Lillian Two-Blossom Patricia Polacco

An ordinary fishing trip turns magical when two kids welcome a remarkable old lady into their boat.

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book: Brian’s Return

Brian’s Return Gary Paulsen

In this sequel to Hatchet, Brian struggles to readjust to high school society following his return from the wilderness. He formulates a plan to go back and revisit the wild places he came to know so well.

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book: Bridge to Terabithia

Bridge to Terabithia Katherine Paterson

Fifth-grade classmates Jess and Leslie build an unlikely friendship as they create a secret magical kingdom in the woods called Terabithia.

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"If you go with long-term significance, my pick for the top story of not only 2009 but also of the 21st Century is the pandemic of Nature Deficit Disorder, a term so aptly coined by Richard Louv in his best-selling outdoor book, Last Child in the Woods...."
— Bill Schneider, NewWest.Net
“Concerns about long-term consequences—affecting emotional well-being, physical health, learning abilities, environmental consciousness—have spawned a national movement to ‘leave no child inside.’ In recent months, it has been the focus of Capitol Hill hearings, state legislative action, grassroots projects, a U.S. Forest Service initiative to get more children into the woods and a national effort to promote a ‘green hour’ in each day.”
— Washington Post
All of us share a sense of common purpose. We represent many, many others—some we know, and others we have never met. People throughout the world are increasingly connected by a resonance and passion, to create a new common sense for the good health of children today and generations to come.
– Cheryl Charles
“The movement to reconnect children to the natural world has arisen quickly, spontaneously, and across the usual social, political, and economic dividing lines.”
Orion magazine

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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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