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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.

Reconnecting Children with Local Food and the Land

C&NN News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 12:54am
East Coast programs like the Cornucopia Project and Food Connects bring attention to the farm-to-school concept, helping kids create their own gardens so they can actively participate in the process of planting, nurturing, harvesting and tasting fresh foods.

Secretary Jewell, American Express Announce Major Commitment to Increase Volunteerism on America’s Public Lands

C&NN News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 9:13pm
This week, Secretary of the Interior and movement champion Sally Jewell announced a multi-million dollar commitment from the American Express Foundation to aid in the strengthening of the department's volunteer program.

Secretary Jewell, American Express Announce Major Commitment to Increase Volunteerism on America’s Public Lands

C&NN News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 9:13pm
This week, Secretary of the Interior and movement champion Sally Jewell announced a multi-million dollar commitment from the American Express Foundation to aid in the strengthening of the department's volunteer program.

Nature: Richard Louv, Alberta Parks and Exploring by Bike

C&NN News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 1:44am
Richard Louv recently gave an interview to Edmonton's independent radio station, where he discussed his vast body of work and the religion of environmentalism.

Birdwatchers, Hunters Train Their Scopes on Conservation

C&NN News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 10:41am
A new study reveals that outdoor recreationists are more likely than non-recreationists to carry out conservation activities and behaviors. These findings are especially important for how state and federal agencies undertake the business of managing natural resources.

Kids Can See Nature Differently Through the Lens of a Camera

C&NN News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 2:32am
Photography as a form of creative expression can help children and adults alike see nature in new and different ways, helping them notice and appreciate details they may not have seen before.

No—Kids Don’t Need All that Homework

C&NN News - Mon, 03/09/2015 - 2:20am
In a bold move, one New York elementary school has decided to abolish all homework in order to offer young students more balance and to maximize their opportunities to play, resulting in division among the school's parents.

Getting Everyone to Go Outside

C&NN News - Mon, 03/09/2015 - 2:08am
Following up on last week's report, the Washington State Senate unanimously adopted the proposed Outdoor Heritage Resolution, setting the stage for a fruitful year for our movement in the Pacific Northwest.

Redesigning Playgrounds to Promote “Loose” Play - Think Pop-up Play Spaces

C&NN News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 6:12pm
Although outdoor play for kids is beneficial in a number of different circumstances, psychologists are beginning to wonder if the current "cookie-cutter" standards for playgrounds are too focused on safety and not enough on critical thinking.

Texas Outdoor Family Program in Bloom for Spring

C&NN News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 5:35pm
The Texas Outdoor Family Program, which has grown rapidly over the last 6 years and so far served over 4,000 families, is gearing up for another busy season of affordable and accessible weekend camping workshops.

Children’s Right to the Great Outdoors

C&NN News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 5:04pm
Last week, the Washington State Senate took the first steps toward the adoption of a Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights, affirming the right for kids and their families in the state to connect with nature.

“Last Child in the Woods” is a Must-Read For All Parents and Educators

C&NN News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 4:10pm
Treehugger publishes a glowing review of Richard Louv's book "Last Child in the Woods," explaining that it's more important than ever to look at the current model of how we are raising our kids and to make a concerted effort to let nature in.

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