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Learning Opportunities in Nature

C&NN News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 1:42pm
Nature is chock full of opportunities for learning, as well as contributing to a child's ability to learn, wherever they may be. Unfortunately, in writer Pam Asheton's local Alberta, parklands often sit empty.

Inspiring Vermont Students Through Nature

C&NN News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 1:10pm
Vermont's EarthWalk program aims to fill the gaps in public education with weekly schoolday excursions into nature for some very vital lessons.

Healthy Living: Go Play Outside: It’s Good for Your Eyeballs!

C&NN News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 1:03pm
An exciting new study finds that sunlight stimulates the release of dopamine from the retina, and that this may have a protective effect on the eye. This is yet another reason that young people need to engage in regular outdoor play.

Inspectors Mark Down School Because Children Don’t Play Outside Enough

C&NN News - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 12:04am
A British school was recently marked down by inspectors because the students weren't getting enough opportunities to be outside, signaling a positive shift in the priorities of school administrators.

Adventure Playgrounds Unleash the Power of Play

C&NN News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 11:35pm
Another look at The Land, an adventure playground in Wales and the subject of a recent documentary that embraces chaos and play as a process of self-discovery.

Children & Nature Network Applauds Groundbreaking New Initiative to Connect Every Child in America to Nature and Increase Diversity of our Public Lands through the Antiquities Act

C&NN News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 1:37pm
President Obama announced the “Every Kid in a Park” initiative, which will ensure every fourth grader across the United States has the opportunity to visit a National Park or other public lands. This is a significant effort that addresses Nature-Deficit Disorder, a term coined by Children & Nature Network Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus Richard Louv to describe the sharp decline in time spent in nature by children across the globe over the past 30 years.

Fit & Healthy Kids Honors ‘Mother Nurture’

C&NN News - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 11:03am
Natural leader Linda Bailey, also known as Mother Nurture, is being recognized as a community champion for her nearly 20 years of guiding children through an active winter experience program in Vermont.

Children and Nature: Tips for Exploring the Outdoors with a Preschooler

C&NN News - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 2:32am
Dr. Carla Gull offers a variety of tips for parents of preschoolers who want to encourage their little ones to explore and experience nature.

Give Today’s Kids a Daily Dose of Nature

C&NN News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 2:59am
From alleviating depression and reducing ADHD to empowering creativity and social skills, regular time spent in nature can have a profound effect on children. Arborist Cynthia Orlando discusses why a renewed focus on nature for kids is called for.

Connecting Families to Nature in Texas

C&NN News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 2:30pm
Children & Nature Network allies Texas Children in Nature were recently featured on the news for their vital role in helping Austin kids connect with its diverse local outdoor offerings.

Four Ways to Combat the Winter Blahs

C&NN News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 5:29pm
It has been asked whether kids can get seasonal affective disorder, as many parents notice extra grumpiness and difficulty concentrating in their children this time of the year. Experts offer 4 solutions to tackle these challenges.

Reducing ‘Nature Deficit Disorder’

C&NN News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 1:38am
In Maine, a group of young naturalists are tackling local conservation projects while garnering inspiration from the journal of one very famous champion of nature: Theodore Roosevelt.

Hearing, Touching and Experiencing Nature

C&NN News - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 4:51pm
Textile artist Deborah Dumka's new exhibit aims to battle nature deficit disorder by inspiring people to spend some real time interacting with elements of nature and triggering their positive memories of the outdoors.

Into the Wild - Ireland’s First Nature Kindergarten

C&NN News - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 4:17pm
Ireland is joining the growing international effort to connect kids with nature with its first nature kindergarten, where students spend all day outdoors and are challenged cognitively by the unpredictability of nature.

How Schools Ruined Recess - And Four Things Needed to Fix It

C&NN News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 1:47am
Angela Hanscom of Timbernook discusses the loss of trust in children's free play and the potential difficulties that can arise with attention and behavior as a result of a restrictive play atmosphere.

Hiding in Plain Sight: America’s Most Effective Conservation Program

C&NN News - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 6:41pm
The Land and Water Conservation Fund, a 50-year-old program, has protected some of America's most special places, lands and parks for generations of American families to enjoy and experience. Will Rogers of the Trust for Public Land argues that now is the perfect time for Congress to work together and keep this program alive.

Families Come Together in Doral for Under-the-Stars Camping Event

C&NN News - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 6:16pm
The City of Doral is making camping under the stars accessible to Miami-Dade families with an annual campout that takes place at a local park.

Urban Ecology Center’s New Washington Park Manager Hopes to Lure Kids Outdoors

C&NN News - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 2:43pm
A new natural leader at Milwaukee's Urban Ecology Center hopes to inspire young people with the simplicity and beauty of nature the same way he was inspired as a young child.

Programs Aim to Attract Youth to Outdoors

C&NN News - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 1:33am
The Wings Over Florida program aims to utilize the natural curiosity of young people to build a new generation of bird watchers and conservationists.

PA Land Trust Association: New Guide on the Importance of Child-Nature Connections

C&NN News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 10:15pm
This month, the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association released a nature play guide, intended to empower people, schools and local governments to re-prioritize the bond between children and nature.