A DOZEN WAYS FAMILIES CAN #OPTOUTSIDE EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR In 2015, the leaders of the retail outdoor equipment Co-op REI made a big decision. They closed their doors on Black Friday, the biggest day in the global retail calendar. Instead, they encouraged their 12,000 employees to Opt Outside (#OptOutside), to reconnect with... Read More 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 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.