GOD AND MOTHER NATURE: Mister Rogers and the Gift of the Honest Self It’s 1993. Fred Rogers enters a noisy hotel lobby, taking pictures of the people who have come to meet him. You realize that you have lowered the volume of your voice. I look down at my son, Matthew, who had turned 6 on the day before Halloween. Normally ebullient and... Read More A TREASURE CHEST: What Mothers Leave Behind My mother, perhaps like yours, gave the gift of nature. I remember her here. The old chest of drawers proved to be a treasure chest. It was a small piece of furniture, perhaps an old washstand, with three drawers. It sat in a storage unit for over a year, and when we... Read More DEAR VIRGINIA: On Writing Dear Virginia, Time has slipped by, and I’ve been meaning to write to you. I met you about a year and a half ago at a conference of environmental educators in Asheville, North Carolina. You were 11 years old then. Your mother had brought you to one of my sermonettes.... Read More SINGING FOR BEARS: Reclaiming Our Senses, Including Our Sense of Humility My son Matthew and I were wading up a stream of Alaska’s Kodiak Island. For a second year, Joe, our guide, was teaching us how to sense the presence of Kodiak brown bears, the largest grizzlies — the ones that can run 35 miles per hour, the ones you cannot... Read More ALL CHILDREN NEED NATURE: 12 Questions About Equity & Capacity The children and nature movement may be more diverse than many others, but it needs even more diversity of ethnicity, culture, abilities and economics. I invite you to join us by becoming a Member of the Children & Nature Network. Your support will help children... Read More GOING ON A TECHNO-FAST: Taking a Break from the Virtual World On the way out of town, I got the shakes. Well, not the shakes exactly, but I wasn’t a happy pre-camper. My wife, Kathy, and I had committed to four days away from beeping gadgets, ringing phones, sawing neighbors, the on-demand life. It had been too long since... Read More THIS HOLIDAY SEASON, GIVE THE GIFT OF THE UNIVERSE: Share it with your family, and with a child who has never seen the stars Two-thirds of the U.S. population and more than one-half of the European population may have already lost the ability to see the Milky Way with the naked eye. When air pollution and urban domes of artificial light obscure our view of the night sky, our mental and physical health pay a price. Stars or no stars, natural darkness has value; our biological clocks count on it. In this blog post, Richard Louv shares the importance of seeing stars and why it is a great gift to give to ourselves and to our loved ones. Read More i International News Round-Up News articles covering the benefits of time spent in nature and trends in the children and nature movement. The New Nature Movement Blog Commentary from C&NN co-founder and celebrated author Richard Louv — and writings from a wide range of guest contributors. From the Field Blog Commentary from C&NN staff and partners working to connect children, families and communities to nature. Inside C&NN Get social and catch up on the latest C&NN news. Get the latest children & nature news and commentary Sign Me Up! You have successfully subscribed to the Children & Nature Network Updates.