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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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book: The Trumpet of the Swan

The Trumpet of the Swan E.B. White

Triumphant story of how a mute swan learns to communicate with the help of a stolen trumpet.

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book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eric Carle

Hungry, hungry caterpillar has big things in store.

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book: The Wanderer

The Wanderer Sharon Creech

Sophie gamely joins her uncles and male cousins on a sailing trip from Connecticut to England. Many adventures and discoveries ensue.

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book: The Wild Girls

The Wild Girls Pat Murphy

Two girls with the nicknames Newt and Fox forge a friendship in the secret clearings and treehouse of their nearby woods.

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book: The Wind in the Willows

The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame

The classic country adventures of friends Mole, Mr. Toad, Badger, and Rat.

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book: The Young Man and the Sea

The Young Man and the Sea Rodman Philbrick

A boy named Skiff, living on the coast of Maine, tries to catch a prize tuna in his quest for a better life.

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link: Therapeutic Landscapes Network

Therapeutic Landscapes Network

Interested in the healing properties of landscapes and gardens? Visit the Therapeutic Landscapes Network.

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blog: This is My Rock

Jennifer K.

Enjoy photos of pre-schoolers and the accompanying poem, “This is My Rock”, by David McCord, which explores the keen sense of place many feel in nature.

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book: Time of Wonder

Time of Wonder Robert McCloskey

Days of gentle summer pleasures on the coast of Maine.

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blog: Transformational Experience: From Fear to Wonder

Janice Swaisgood

On a Family Nature Club camping trip, a 7-year-old’s fear of bugs and creatures transforms to curiosity and wonder.

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book: Treasure Island

Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson

Don’t be surprised if boating adventures turn your crew into a pack of pirates—it’s all part of the fun!

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blog: Tree Statues


When the deciduous trees show off their structures, it’s time to make tree statues with our bodies.

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blog: Trees at the Cabin Path

Sarah Crutchfield

Georgia has over 250 species of trees. Identify some on a walk with children in the Cabin Path Home School Workshop.

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blog: Trees please! Ten activities that will foster an appreciation for trees in your child.

Chris Hettwer

Get great ideas, from making bark rubbings and mystery boxes to Being a Tree.

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link: Trust for Public Land

Trust for Public Land

Enjoy parks, community gardens, historic sites, rural lands, and other natural places? All benefit from The Trust for Public Land’s conservation efforts.

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book: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea Jules Verne

Venture to the bottom of the sea and discover its wonders in this science fiction classic.

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link: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Let’s Go Outside

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Let’s Go Outside

Many U.S. national wildlife refuges are an hour’s drive from a major metropolitan area. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Let’s Go Outside helps you find one.

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link: U.S. National Park Service

U.S. National Park Service

Nearly 400 parks in the U.S. National Park System. Visit this site to see how to visit and enjoy them.

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book: Waiting for Wings

Waiting for Wings Lois Ehlert

Plant the right seeds and you’ll have a garden full of flowers AND butterflies.

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blog: We Eat Dirt

Ashley Wainwright Donahue

“My clan eats dirt” begins this reminiscence of a time when kids played outside all day, dug in the ground, and occasionally got sick, but enjoyed a relationship with nature and general good health.

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book: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Michael Rosen

Splish splash, swish, swish….So much good terrain to get through on an adventurous family hike.

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blog: What to do for Arbor Day

Blake Linnekin

Looking for tree activities for Arbor Day or any day? Find plenty of good ones here.

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book: Where the Red Fern Grows

Where the Red Fern Grows Wilson Rawls

A beautiful but heart-wrenching tale about a boy and his hunting dogs, set in the Ozarks of Oklahoma.

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blog: Why Are Our Children Spending Less Time in Nature?

Chris Hettwer

TV, overstimulation, lack of leisure time, overscheduling, and parental fears are all keeping kids inside more.

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book: Woody

Woody Elsa Beskow

Three forest children from the Acorn family go on an adventure that leads them to squirrels, gnomes, glow worms, and more.

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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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