BACK TO THE SCHOOL OF THE FUTURE: The Real Cutting Edge of Education Probably Isn’t What You Think It Is In recent decades, many of America’s school districts have favored reduced recess, fewer field trips, longer hours sitting at desks, more tests, and more computers, iPads and even video games used as teaching tools in classrooms. Consider what may be... Read More WELCOME TO THE NATURAL LIBRARY: The Essential Role of Libraries in Creating Nature-Rich Communities Libraries exist in every kind of neighborhood; they already serve as community hubs; they’re often supported by Friends groups; they have existing resources (nature books); they’re often more flexible than schools; they’re known for being safe—and they’re a perfect,... Read More YOUTH DEVELOPMENT IN NATURE: An Interview with Karen Pittman Karen J. Pittman is president and CEO of the Forum for Youth Investment, a national nonprofit, nonpartisan “action tank” that combines thought leadership on youth development, youth policy, cross-system/cross-sector partnerships and developmental youth practice with... Read More TIME FOR A CAMP REVIVAL: The Return of Nature Camps and the Support for Those That Never Went Away Dear friends, I hope you will join me at the 2019 Children & Nature Network International Conference in Oakland, California, May 16-18, 2019. The conference is anticipated to be the largest gathering of leaders, advocates and activists from the children and nature... Read More 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 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.