New Survey from C&NN: Campaigns to Get Children Outdoors Make Progress

The 2011 Children & Nature Network (C&NN) survey of grassroots leaders of regional, statewide and provincial campaigns shows a three-fold increase in the number of children and youth getting outdoors in nature from 2009 to 2011—from one million to three million annually. [+] Download the Survey Results

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Santa Fe, NM (PRWEB) May 10, 2012. The Children & Nature Network (C&NN) today released the results of its latest survey to track the growth of the children and nature movement. Reported in USA Today in November 2007, “A back-to-nature movement to reconnect children with the outdoors is burgeoning nationwide.” This latest survey with data from 2011 provides additional support for that statement.

Reasons for the growth and urgency of this movement include the epidemic of childhood obesity, reports of diminished creativity, increases in behavior disorders, increased time using electronic media, and sedentary behavior among children and youth—all of which are associated with reduced time for learning and play outdoors in nature as a part of children’s everyday lives. Research indicates that children tend to be healthier, happier and smarter when direct experiences in nature are a frequent and regular part of their childhood.

Compared to baseline results established in 2009, the Children & Nature Network 2011 Grassroots Leadership Survey shows significant increases in the numbers of children and youth getting outdoors in nature as a result of the efforts of the Network and its members, including regional, statewide and provincial…
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