Blogger and Family Nature Club Leader, Jason Sperling, interviews Jane Zeender, Director of Shining Mountain Waldorf School in Boulder, Colorado, about direct-experience learning in natural settings. In this interview, Jane discusses how Waldorf Kindergarten programs can impact children’s health and happiness.
A new report from the United Nations Children’s Fund revealed that around 300 million children in the world are exposed to highly toxic air pollution when outdoors, with about 600,000 of them dying every year due to illnesses and disease caused by or exacerbated by air pollution.The report showed that the vast majority of children who are exposed to high levels of air pollution live in South Asia, where pollution is at least six times higher than the safe levels imposed by the World Health Organization.
A UK charity is conducting a survey of local parents to learn about their children’s outdoor play practices to inform a new nature play project they are launching. The Manx Wildlife Trust will begin construction of a 60-acre nature play trail this autumn. Though the project will take several years to complete, thousands of children and adults are expected to benefit from the effort.
A new documentary drama follows a group of teens combating anger, depression, addiction through a hardcore wilderness therapy program. Wilderness, by veteran experimental company En Garde Arts, uses interviews with real teens and their families to explore the topic of wilderness therapy for teens
This is a story about my grandfather, we call him Thatha. Thatha is wearing his usual Banian and Veshti — a comfortable white cotton outfit. His head is bowed, studying the base of the rose bush. He squats down comfortably, expertly tucking in the Veshti around his...
REI’s CEO Jerry Stritzke invites nonprofits and companies with shared values to #OptOutside once again this Black Friday. Over 300 national and local organizations, including C&NN, have joined the growing movement to create a new holiday tradition and advocate for time outside with family and friends.
In Oregon, backers of a statewide ballot measure hope to use a slice of lottery proceeds to guarantee a week of Outdoor School for all children. If the ballot passes, the measure would make Oregon the only state with dedicated funding for outdoor education, including students in charter, private and home schools.
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Google Executive Eric Young announced a $165,000 donation from Google to the National Park Foundation’s Open OutDoors for Kids program. The donation to the National Park Foundation (NPF) – the official nonprofit partner of the National Park Service – helps support the Every Kid in a Park initiative and will fund transportation grants for approximately 1,700 underserved children to visit national parks and participate in multi-day environmental education programs. The announcement was made at a first-of-its-kind campout near Google’s Campus with 60 children from the greater Seattle area.
A new Outdoor Leadership Club at the Howard School, a co-educational public magnet school in Chattanooga, Tennessee with a 94.5 percent minority student body, is attempting to remove the barriers between students and the outdoor offerings of the surrounding area. From canoeing and camping to archery and hiking, the weekly after-school club aims to make those outdoor opportunities more accessible for students as well as diversify the local outdoors scene.
Blogger, author, free play advocate and dad Mike Lanza is a firm believer in risky, free play. To practice what he preaches, Lanza consciously transformed his Silicon Valley family home into a kid hangout to foster free outdoor play.