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 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 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.