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Unknowns In Terms Of Funding And Personnel Await New Units Of National Park System

C&NN News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 10:00pm
The new defense bill passed by Senate last week also calls for an extensive National Park Service expansion. But there is no specified funding or guidelines to carry the expansion out, which begs the question, when will it actually happen?

Youth Leader Yusuf Burgess, 64

C&NN News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 2:06pm
In 2014, the children and nature movement lost one of its most inspiring leaders. Brother Yusuf Burgess will forever be remembered for his dedication to young people and his tireless efforts to connect them with wild places.

Forest Schools: Fires, Trees and Mud Pies

C&NN News - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 2:55am
Forest schools are taking the UK by storm, and some, such as the new Dandelion School, have no indoors at all. Can these nursery schools adequately prepare children for the rigors of modern elementary school?

Critics Say Doubling Cost to Enter Yellowstone and Grand Teton Parks Prices People Out

C&NN News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 7:24pm
With accessibility to national parks already proving to be challenging for some groups of people, critics are decrying a proposed fee hike at Yellowstone and Grand Teton parks, worried that it will price many families who wish to visit out.

Returning to Our Home in the Woods

C&NN News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 7:08pm
A thoughtful commentary on wild places being our instinctive home as humans and just how essential it is for us to find a way back to nature as a way of life.

A Mobile Kitchen Designed To Help Kids Learn To Like Their Vegetables

C&NN News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 4:41pm
When an edible schoolyard or on-campus kitchen isn't an option, a new mobile kitchen concept is being used in classrooms and even outdoors to teach kids how to cook (and love) vegetables.

Multigenerational Playgrounds Serve Kids, Parents, Grandparents

C&NN News - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 3:32pm
Outdoor exercise stations and walking paths next to slides, swings and monkey bars: Wonderful, functional multigenerational playgrounds are popping up in areas where retirement communities sit next to family-friendly subdivisions.

A Therapist Goes to Middle School and Tries to Sit Still and Focus. She Can’t. Neither Can the Kids.

C&NN News - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 7:04pm
As a follow-up to a Washington Post series that looked at restricted movement and its correlation with lack of focus in the classroom, TimberNook founder and pediatric occupational therapist Angela Hanscom attempted to sit still and focus in a middle school classroom. It ended up being much harder than she thought.

Connecting With Nature? There’s an App for That

C&NN News - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 1:27pm
IslandWood president and CEO Ben Klasky argues that designating the outdoors as a "technology-free zone" detracts from the larger movement to get our kids outside, and that well-designed technologies can get kids really excited about nature.

Reading the World, Ecologically

C&NN News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 4:58pm
In today's world, it is not enough for young people to be literate in the traditional sense of the word. Ecological literacy, or a way of observation that decodes signs in nature, is just as vital.

Discovering Nature in Northumberland to Help Youth at Risk

C&NN News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 8:12pm
Veteran teacher Nancy Mallette decided to battle the increasing lack of focus she saw in her elementary students by getting them outside to interact with nature and horses.

Enjoy the Great Outdoors - While You Can

C&NN News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 5:26pm
With reports of communities complaining about things like excessive playground noise and chalk drawings in play areas, kids today continue to face barriers to playing outdoors. What will be the repercussions when these children reach adulthood?

‘Go Play Outside, Kids:’ Natural Light Reduces Risk of Nearsightedness in Children, Scientists Say

C&NN News - Mon, 12/01/2014 - 12:05am
Fascinating new research suggests that kids who are genetically predisposed to nearsightedness can lower their risk simply by stepping outside into the sunshine a little more often.

Why Playing is Going the Way of Dodgeball — and Why That’s a Bad Idea

C&NN News - Fri, 11/28/2014 - 8:48pm
Today's childhoods are very different from those we experienced, filled with outside play from the time we got home from school until it grew dark outside. But the sharp decline in unsupervised outdoor play over the last couple of decades tells us that we need to do more to protect kids' "inner wildness."

Glacier Bay National Park Rangers Honored As Park Service’s Best Interpreters

C&NN News - Fri, 11/28/2014 - 3:45pm
For a park ranger, cultural competency allows you to reach, connect with, and educate a greater number of park visitors. Two Glacier Bay National Park rangers are being awarded with the Freeman Tilden Award for the incredible story they built around the 45-foot-long skeleton of a humpback whale that long plied the park's waters.

Nature in the City: Teaching Urban Kids to Recognize, Appreciate Mother Nature

C&NN News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 1:34am
The "Nature in the City" Program, serving more than 10,000 New York public school students, works with a local nature center to teach kids about natural sciences in a hands-on way ... and the impact has been significant.

Nature Enter Me

C&NN News - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 12:11am
Richard Louv's recent trip to New Zealand from his home in San Diego revealed some alarming parallels in the way children in both places are growing up without access to the nature that is so close to their doorstep.

Using Games to Teach Kids the Value of Nature and Philanthropy

C&NN News - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 12:40pm
The new Junior Explorers Initiative uses an immersive educational game to teach kids about nature and conservation in ecological settings all over the world.

Focus on Play in Kindergarten May Improve Grades Later on, Study Says

C&NN News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 7:46pm
A new study shows that promoting structured play in kindergartners, especially those in high-poverty schools, yields improved reading, vocabulary and math scores that persist into the next school year.

New Initiative to Help Cities Increase Nature Access for Children Launched By League of Cities

C&NN News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 12:37am
The National League of Cities and the Children & Nature Network are partnering for an exciting initiative that will support city leaders in getting young people outdoors and connected to natural areas and open space.

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