SANTA FE, NM – April, 2010 – This month is the third annual Children & Nature Awareness Month, a call to action announced by the Children & Nature Network (C&NN). Groups and organizations – along with families, educators, health care professionals and others – across North America are creating special community events to get children and adults outdoors and into nature.
“The purpose of Children & Nature Awareness Month is to celebrate the benefits of experiences in the natural world to children, and to all of us, and to offer alternatives to nature-deficit disorder,” said Dr. Cheryl Charles, President and CEO of C&NN.
“This year, C&NN is encouraging groups to reach beyond their usual constituencies, especially to underserved neighborhoods – to start family nature clubs, and to honor the ‘natural teachers’ who continue to help young people learn outdoors,” said Richard Louv, C&NN chairman and author of Last Child in the Woods. “We’re encouraged by the growing number of families that are creating family nature clubs, and the young people – who we call Natural Leaders – who are emerging as leaders in the children and nature movement,” he added.
As of April 3, 168 Children and Nature Awareness events have been posted on the C&NN Awareness Month Map.
“It's not too late to tell communities around the world about your own April Children & Nature Awareness Month celebration,” said Charles. “Once you’re on the map, we'll promote your events, programs and…