THE NATURAL ART OF SEEING Recently, I asked folks to send stories about animals who had changed their lives. Artist Susan McDonnell sent me her story, told through a painting. As an explanation for the painting, here is what she wrote: “In the early 2000s, I lived in a house with a small... Read More 10 Nature Activities to Help Get Your Family Through the Coronavirus Pandemic If the coronavirus spreads at the rate that experts believe it will, schools, workplaces and businesses will continue to close. Here’s a thread of silver lining. We’ll have more time for each other and nature. And, at least so far, nature’s always open. Getting... Read More VITAMIN N FOR THE SOUL: How Nature Can Nourish the Spirit of Children and Adults Matthew, my youngest son, once asked me if a connection to a higher power is, in fact, an underutilized sense—one that some people find activated in nature. This is the same son who, when he was five, asked, “Are God and Mother Nature married, or just good friends?”... Read More GROWING THE MOVEMENT: Because Every Child Has a Right to Nature Fourteen years ago, my book Last Child in the Woods introduced the term “nature-deficit disorder.” The term was new, but the trend (of alienation from the natural world) was not. Parents, educators, caregivers had been witnessing childhood move indoors. They wanted to... Read More 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 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.