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Less is More: Building Confidence

C&NN News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 12:49am
There's a lot we can do to raise healthy, happy kids. But perhaps one of the most important is allowing them to experience the natural world, climbing trees, playing in the creek and yes, even taking some small risks.

Even a Short Walk in the Woods is Good for You, Researchers Claim

C&NN News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 2:44pm
Every little bit helps. A new report from the Finnish Forest Research Institute claims that just 20 minutes spent outdoors daily can contribute to a host of health benefits, including a lower allergy risk in kids.

We Need to Think Beyond Nature Kindergarten

C&NN News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 12:21am
While enrolling children in nature-focused schools is a positive first step, mom and Sierra Club associate Anna Kemp argues that we need to do more to help kids build a lifelong relationship with the natural world.

Parents Investigated for Neglect After Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

C&NN News - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 9:58pm
A Maryland couple is being investigated for neglect after allowing their two children to walk home from the park. But these free-range parents believe that they should not be punished for choosing to give their kids freedom and independence.

Let Kids be Kids for as Long as Possible

C&NN News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 1:37am
Today's young athletes are often subjected to strict constraints, a high level of competition and a pressure to perform that could be overwhelming for a 5- or 6-year old. Victor Martinez argues that we should use these sporting activities as a forum to let kids be kids, to have fun and the freedom to use their imaginations.

Junior Dictionary Discards Nature for Hi-Tech Words

C&NN News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 3:33pm
Oxford University Press has come under fire for replacing nature vocabulary with high-tech alternatives in their newest junior edition. Do you think there's a way to welcome in the tech lexicon while maintaining vital nature language?

8 Ways to Nurture Your Children’s Connection to Nature

C&NN News - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 7:26pm
If we help our kids develop a deep connection with nature, we can be hopeful that this will result in a commitment to and sense of stewardship for the future health of our planet. Here's how.

Exhibition is Child’s Play

C&NN News - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 6:06pm
Imagination Playground, a portable, interactive and transformable concept offers kids with a variety of different play needs the opportunity to direct and create their own play experience without limitations.

National Parks Visits Hit Record 294 Million in 2014

C&NN News - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 1:37am
If current statistics are any indication, we're experiencing a shift--toward nature. In 2014, the national parks hit a record 294 million visits, up 20 million from the previous year.

iPad Baby Seat Raises Questions About Infants and Tech

C&NN News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 2:10am
Though pediatricians agree that screen time is not recommended for children under 2, a new infant bouncy seat features an iPad mount. What can we do to go back to the basics when it comes to engaging our little ones in the face of these trends?

7 National Parks in Nebraska, Iowa Pour More Than $23 Million Into Local Economies

C&NN News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 1:20am
National parks are not only the perfect places to make deep and meaningful connections with the natural places around us. They also help boost the economies of the towns they call home.

Timbernook, Award-Winning Children’s Developmental Nature Program, Comes to South Florida

C&NN News - Mon, 01/05/2015 - 6:21pm
TimberNook, an innovative nature-based developmental program for children, is launching TimberNook camps in South Dade this February. Miami will be Florida's first TimberNook location.

Kids Learn to Survive the Elements at Nature Center

C&NN News - Sun, 01/04/2015 - 12:19am
Sioux City's Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center offers kids a unique nature survival training program, designed to prepare young people for the unexpected things they might face while experiencing the great outdoors.

REAP Supports Early Childhood Development Program

C&NN News - Sat, 01/03/2015 - 11:18am
A win for Iowa preschool children: thanks to REAP Conservation Education Program grants, nature and the outdoors are being integrated into northwest Iowa early education classrooms.

Exclusive: Boy’s Letter to Santa, ‘I Just Wanna Be Safe,’ Gets Heartfelt Response From Obama

C&NN News - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 7:28pm
When 13-year-old Malik from Chicago wrote to Santa asking to feel safe enough to play in his own neighborhood, he never expected to receive a letter back from President Obama.

For City Parks, 2014 Was the Year That Was (Great)!

C&NN News - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 5:06pm
2014 was important for the children and nature movement in many ways, including being the "year that was" for parks and open space, with record levels of new investment in some states and cities.

Expanding Environment Education by Attracting Fundraisers and Policy Makers

C&NN News - Mon, 12/29/2014 - 12:46am
Two Bay Area educators are teaming up to bring comprehensive environmental education, which is still relatively rare due to shifting budget priorities, to local elementary schools.

Forget Grey Nomads, Young Australians Love to Caravan and Camp

C&NN News - Sun, 12/28/2014 - 3:42am
In Australia, young adults and young families are camping and caravaning more than ever. Why? It's fun and affordable, and getting out in nature is a perfect way to connect as a family.

For Many Wilderness Youth Project Kids, Time in Nature a Transformative Experience — Inside and Out

C&NN News - Sat, 12/27/2014 - 12:16am
Santa Barbara's Wilderness Youth Project utilizes mentoring and engaging outdoor activities for young people with the goal of creating future stewards of the environment.

The Great Fear of the Great Outdoors

C&NN News - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 4:46pm
Gary Ferguson comments on our growing unease about being in nature, due not only to our discomfort from being "disconnected," but also the fear-inducing portrayal of wilderness in the media.