In a recent British study by Go Ape, an outdoor adventure facility, surveyed 2,000 British parents and found that traditional outdoor activities may become a thing of the past. The study revealed that kids spend a minimum average of 14 hours a week on electronic devices during summer vacation.
In 2009, Rue Mapp founded Outdoor Afro, an organization that reconnects African Americans to the outdoors. Outdoor Afro uses social media and volunteers to organize outdoor recreational activities for African-Americans all over the country. After just six years there are 30 trained leaders and 7,000 active members in cities across the United States.
Edible Schoolyard NYC brings nature and healthy food to the kids who need it most: at underserved, low-income primary and middle schools with high immigrant populations. ESYNYC engages students in gardening and cooking. An average school lesson includes planning a meal, cultivating plants, harvesting, preparing and cooking, eating, and finally composting.
Louisiana State University's Pennington Biomedical Research Center is co-sponsoring a community play program in Baton Rouge called Play Street. The program closes off streets to give children a chance to safely play outdoors where they wouldn't normally think to do so; connecting the dots between outdoor play and children's health.
Graduate students at Stanford University researched and compared the physiological differences between walking outside in natural settings versus walking in urban areas. The study shows that walking in nature can help us brood and worry less, by decreasing the activity and blood flow to the subgenual prefrontal cortex of our brains.
First Lady MIchelle Obama and the U.S. Department of Interior selected Cleveland as one of 26 U.S. cities to participate in their Let’s Move Outside youth initiative. The initiative’s goal is to encourage youth to play, learn, serve and work outdoors.
Dr. Steve Schallhorn, leading refractive eye surgeon, chairman of the Optical Express International Medical Advisory Board and an adviser to Nasa, the FBI and Nato, states that any sort of outdoors exercise would be a major boost for a child's developing vision.
As Detroit's economy started to decline, local parks took a backseat to maintenance. That is until recently when a dedicated group of community volunteers rolled up their sleeves to invest time and energy to revamp Detroit's parks. Now the parks are unrecognizable, but in a good way.
The North Face announced the final 47 winners of the 2015 Explore Fund $500,000 grants program. The North Face Explore Fund chose projects, like Latino Outdoors, that use outdoor exploration as the catalyst for positive, personal or societal change.
New housing development, Botanika Nature Residences in Filinvest City, Philippines will offer lush green spaces and landscapes to help children overcome nature deficit disorder. The development will include an expansive lawn with tree houses, landscaped pathways and specific areas to stimulate children's minds. The first tower is anticipated to be complete in 2017.
Steven Kellert, former C&NN Board member and Professor emeritus and senior research scholar at Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies in New Haven is featured in a special issue of Nature this month. In it, he joins other leading design practitioners to explain how nature aids in early child development, and how architecture and play spaces are best engineered for learning.
National parks struggle to attract non-white visitors and employees. In 2014, 80 percent of park service employees were white. By 2044 the Census Bureau projects that the country will have a majority nonwhite population. Writer Glenn Nelson hopes that the National Park Service is paying attention.
Attracting diverse populations is a common struggle for National Parks. Access and educational barriers are two reasons why diverse attendance numbers remain low. Canada has taken several efforts to break down those barriers, specifically focusing efforts on introducing nature to immigrant and new Canadian populations.
In a large study conducted by University of Chicago researchers, findings indicate that the presence of more trees in urban neighborhoods corresponds to improved health among area residents, both self-perceived and objective.
A new PhD project at the University of Copenhagen’s Centre for Outdoor Life and Nature seeks to investigate and compare the effect of time spent in nature with pharmacological treatments for children with ADHD, as well as the longer-term effects of school days with and without outdoor activity.
Fort Kids, a group of youth from Ames Iowa, were asked to remove their fort in Munn Woods. City officials state that the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation gifted the land with specific building restrictions.
Nature Play SA hauled tons of mud into Bonython Park for International Mud Day. Focusing on unstructured play, Nature Play CEO Sarah Sutter says it's about getting kids outside to play in nature.
Kids living in urban settings often have many more barriers to connecting to nature. Mark Cullen shares a list of ten ways all kids can discover the wonders of the natural world.
Research indicates that walks in nature can help those suffering with depression. A Ph.D. research team from Standard University surveyed 38 healthy people to evaluate how prone they were to think negative thoughts. Afterwards, they sent the participants on a 90-minute walk: half of the group to walk in nature, the other half to walk on a busy street. Here is what they discovered.
Shared Legacy Farms in Elmore, Ohio offers a new opportunity for first and second graders this summer. Farm Science Camp teaches kids about where our food comes from, including learning about the earth's soil, plants and bugs through hands-on activities.