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Community Pride nomination for teacher helping children discover the great outdoors

C&NN News - 7 hours 25 min ago
Claire Hennigan took on extra training to become a Forest School leader and has been at the forefront of renovating a derelict garden into an area which now boasts a cabin, camp fire, flowers, trees and a place to plant seeds.

What a difference a green schoolyard can make

C&NN News - 7 hours 58 min ago
In Philadelphia, better parks and green schoolyards are improving underserved communities. Often the largest public properties in dense, park-poor neighborhoods, schoolyards present great opportunities to better connect schools to the communities they serve.

Getting children in touch with nature

C&NN News - 8 hours 50 min ago
Sylvette Frasier, a graduate student of the Charter College of Education is spearheading a program titled, “Connecting Children to Art in Nature.” As the program founder, she goes to schools or a school setting like museums and develops a curriculum. This curriculum would connect children to nature with art projects all while incorporating lessons about nature in the curriculum.

Patrick Durkin: Wisconsin’s Political Leaders Suffering from ‘Nature-Deficit Disorder’

C&NN News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 2:35pm
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and wildlife agencies nationwide have spent recent years trying to recruit, retain and re-engage hunters and anglers in a society increasingly disconnected from nature. With deep cuts proposed for DNR’s 2015-17 budget, those efforts face increasing challenges in the years ahead.

Growing Healthy Habits in Va. Beach School Garden

C&NN News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 2:22pm
At Seatack Elementary in Virginia Beach, boys meet outside for 30 minutes at the beginning of every school day, for a club where they learn about healthy eating, setting goals, concentration habits, environmental principles and working together. "Breathing fresh air helps us concentrate when we go back to class," club member and student Kevin said.

Art Exhibit Aims to Reconnect Man With Nature in Mercer County

C&NN News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 2:09pm
Some contemporary philosophers warn that our separation from nature puts our psychological and physical health at risk. “The Absorbed Landscape” is Artist Joy Kreves’ way of combating “nature deficit disorder” by returning the public’s attention to the textures, shapes and color of the world.

Kids Urged to Take it Outside: Nature’s Calling Aims to Help Plugged-in Families Connect with Nature

C&NN News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 2:00pm
Teacher and Nature’s Calling director Carmen Davis incorporates time outdoors into the everyday curriculum for her Grade 1 class at St. Cecilia in Port Dover. Nature’s Calling also focuses on the family because the most important teachers in society are parents, Davis said. “They’re the first teachers”.

Kids Plus the Outdoors Equals a Good Investment

C&NN News - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 10:44am
A unique opportunity to support Washington’s kids and economy that has brought Democrats and Republicans together in Olympia. Both sides of the aisle in the state Legislature recently supported a measure known as “No Child Left Inside,” ESSB 5843, that will help get our kids off couches and into the great outdoors.

No Child Left Inside: Outdoor Adventure Club Works

C&NN News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 12:12pm
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.

Connecting Local Kids to Local Nature

C&NN News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 12:12pm
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.

Victorian kinder kids go bush to learn from nature

C&NN News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 12:12pm
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 - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 12:12pm
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 - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 12:12pm
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 With Nature

C&NN News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 12:12pm
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.

Street School: At-Risk City Kids Learn About the Joys of the Great Outdoors

C&NN News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 12:12pm
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."

5th Annual ‘Kids to Parks Day’ Saturday, May 16, 2015

C&NN News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 1:05pm
Children, families and schools in communities across America will celebrate their local, state and national parks and public lands on Saturday, May 16th in commemoration of the 5th Annual Kids to Parks Day. National Park Trust estimates more than 500,000 people will attend park events across the country in what is fast becoming America’s national day of play.

Inside the World’s Best Kindergarten

C&NN News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 12:52pm
Inspired by nature and by his own children, Tokyo based Architect, Takaharu Tezuka, decided to "Think like a kid" when he designed the Fuji Kindergarten. The result is a magical environment created just for them, where trees grow right through classrooms and the roof is an endless playground.

Groups Work to Turn South LA Lots Into Children’s Playgrounds

C&NN News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 6:59pm
Organizers like Lottie Cleveland and Andres Ramirez share a vision to transform bleak stretches in impoverished areas into community spaces where kids and their parents can enjoy the outdoors.

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.

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