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Connecting Local Kids to Local Nature

C&NN News - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 6:26pm
A Canadian primary school is taking advantage of the Pacific coast's rich and diverse wilderness to teach kids about the variety of plant and animal species around them, while also learning how to respect and enjoy their natural environment.

No Child Left Inside: Outdoor Adventure Club Works

C&NN News - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 5:58pm
Led by a retired public school teacher, a rapidly growing outdoor adventure club in Cincinnati aims to connect urban youth with nature all year long through free weekend programming.

Victorian kinder kids go bush to learn from nature

C&NN News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 12:37pm
BUSH kinders are sprouting around Victoria in a bid to get today’s children back in touch with nature. At Westgarth Kindergarten classroom tools are left behind for a three-hour parkland play sessions once a week.

‘Free-Range’ Kids and Our Parenting Police State

C&NN News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 11:13am
An ongoing, unresolved case between the police and two Maryland parents who allowed their kids to play outside alone is an ideal example of our nation's culture war over how much freedom children should have to play outside.

Nadaka Nature Park Opens

C&NN News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 10:57am
After years of planning and teamwork on the part of residents, government leaders and nonprofit groups, the vision for a new natural community space was realized with the opening of the Nadaka Nature Park and Garden this month in Oregon.

Connecting Children w=With Nature

C&NN News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 3:49pm
This week, natural leaders have gathered in Bastrop, TX, for the groundbreaking Children & Nature Network Conference, focused this year on using digital technology to get kids interested in nature.

The Right to Fresh Air: Mental Health Patients Get Boost in Recovery

C&NN News - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 9:59pm
A group of mental health advocates in the state of Massachusetts recently got a bill passed, ensuring that all patients residing in mental health facilities would have the right to reasonably, consistently access the outdoors--also known as The Right to Fresh Air bill.

Street School At-Risk City Kids Learn About the Joys of the Great OutdoorsStudents from Street School are learning to unplug from technology and leave their cares and worries behind in the busy city.  Jason Cole, an instructor and avid outdoorsman...

C&NN News - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 9:52pm
Teacher and outdoorsman Jason Cole gives at-risk city kids a taste of nature with his alternative education school's newly revived Wilderness Adventure Club, with activities drawn from Richard Louv's "Last Child in the Woods."


C&NN News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 12:55pm
This year marks the 10th Anniversary Printing of “Last Child in the Woods,” as well as the convening of leaders from the health, government, education, business and youth development sectors at this month's Children & Nature Network Conference, proving to be a very important year for the child in nature.

Introducing City Kids to Nature By Bike

C&NN News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 11:08am
Natural leader and CNN Hero Marilyn Price has helped more than 25,000 at-risk kids get off the streets and into nature through her nonprofit Trips for Kids, which takes young people around the world on mountain biking excursions.

Partnership Connects Families with Nature

C&NN News - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 5:39pm
A unique new partnership between the U.S. Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy and Vail Resorts aims to connect kids and families to the mountain throughout the seasons with accessible and engaging programs, including science-based activities that will broaden visitors' understanding of the mountains, the forests and watersheds, and public lands.

Why Kids are Getting More Aggressive on the Playground

C&NN News - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 5:24pm
More and more often, classic games like tag are being banned from schoolyards due to safety concerns, because kids are being too aggressive during play. This all ties back to the larger issue that children today are not spending enough time in active play.

This Ecologist Wants to Plant a Pop-Up Forest in Times Square

C&NN News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 6:03pm
Ecologist and New Yorker Marielle Anzelone recently launched a Kickstarter campaign with the goal of creating a forest installation in Times Square, in order to draw attention to the thousands of acres of New York City that are not paved over and need protecting.

Recess Serves as an Important Break for Students

C&NN News - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 3:06pm
A school district in Illinois is taking a closer look at recess and lunch breaks and providing kids with enough options to ensure that it is a positive experience, recognizing the importance of these play breaks in a child's day.

Does the National Park Service Have a Youth Problem?

C&NN News - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 1:35am
In the past decade, the number of National Park visitors under the age of 15 has fallen by half. In addition, half of the employees in park service leadership positions are scheduled to retire by 2016. The good news is that a variety of efforts are currently underway to tackle the Parks' youth problem.

Children and Their Adult Fishing Mentors Get an Early Start on Trout

C&NN News - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 1:11am
Pennsylvania’s Mentored Youth Trout Days program offers a unique opportunity for kids to spark a lifelong connection with the natural world, bond with their adult mentors, develop valuable skills and of course, have fun.

Author: Kids Need Abundant Connection With Nature

C&NN News - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 12:49am
An NPR interview with Dr. Scott Sampson, host of PBS Kids show "Dinosaur Kids" and author of "How To Raise a Wild Child: The Art And Science Of Falling In Love With Nature."

Wildlife Trust Column: Becoming a Part of Nature

C&NN News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 2:25am
This month, the UK's Wildlife Trust launched a unique initiative aimed at getting people to stop and reflect about what wildlife means to them, collecting thousands of personal stories and portraits along the way.

Nature Lover Eric Crum Shares His Passion with the Next Generation

C&NN News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 1:33am
Long ago, Eric Crum was inspired to become a naturalist and educator by his Aboriginal mentor. Today, he's lamenting the state of nature education in the Australian school system.

Outdoor Kids Could Soon Learn Lessons in Calgary’s First ‘Nature Kindergarten’

C&NN News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 1:39am
The Nature Kindergarten model made popular in Europe is now coming to Canada via a group of enthusiastic and committed parents and educators.