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LET’S G.O.! WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM FRIENDS LIKE REI

Several years ago, Sally Jewell, president and CEO of REI, asked me to come to Seattle to speak at the annual gathering of the nationwide REI community. Sally and I sat on stage and talked for an hour about the importance of connecting children to nature. I already...

THE REALITY OF NATURE IN DIFFICULT TIMES

For the past couple of days, my younger son and I have been trying to cure our nature-deficit disorder. Right now, I’m sitting in bed in a Bishop, California motel that, well, isn’t the Ritz. Matthew, who is 23, is still asleep, and deeply. A few hours ago we...

JOIN US AS A "FRIEND OF CHILDREN AND NATURE"

Many of us still remember a time when playing in nature was considered normal and expected. Here’s a question: Will we leave this earth and take that memory with us? Or will we do what it takes to connect all children, in every kind of neighborhood, to nature?...

A Tree Grows in South Central

Let me introduce you to a hero of mine. Juan Martinez. He’s also my friend. Last week, I sat down with him at the Children & Nature Network Grassroots Gathering in Princeton, New Jersey and he told me a bit more about his life. Juan, now 33, was raised in...

The International Movement is Growing but not Guaranteed

One of the admirable characteristics of modern Australia — one that the U.S. should emulate — is a relatively new custom. As I learned on a recent visit to four cities, at the opening of most major conferences indigenous people are asked to give an...

The Movement Down Under

“We gain life by looking at life.” Those are the words of Dr. Mardie Townsend, a researcher and associate professor in the School of Health and Social Development at Deakin University in Victoria, Australia, and an important thinker about the importance of...

NEEDED: A NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CHILDREN, NATURE & THE LAW

It’s time for a National Conference on Children, Nature and the Law, organized by the legal profession with a little help from insurance companies, educators, health care folks, policy-makers, C&NN and others. This conference is a fiction, so far. But somebody needs to step to the plate.

URGENT: Ask the White House to Include Nature in the Child Obesity Campaign

Those of us who care about the future of our children and the human relationship with the natural world should applaud First Lady Michelle Obama’s call for a ” Let’s Move” campaign to reverse the trend toward child obesity. We particularly like her statement that when she was young, ” we spent hours running around outside, we couldn’t go inside until dinner.”

In the past, the national conversation about child obesity has seldom mentioned getting outside in nature as part of the solution. We’re hoping that changes, and as the ” Let’s Move” campaign evolves, it will give far greater attention to children’s independent play, particularly in natural surroundings.

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