Creating lifelong stewards of the outdoors cannot happen in one exposure. That’s why Wilderness Inquiry established Urban Wilderness Canoe Adventures, a program that seeks to introduce them to progressively longer and farther-flung adventures, leading to lifelong stewardship, and even a career in the outdoor industry.
In the next ten years, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) jobs will outpace non-STEM jobs. Marijke Hecht explains that outdoor environmental education prepares children with core experiences and skills that they will need to succeed for this career field.
Last fall, Buffalo Zoo hosted nature play workshops to solicit ideas from families and the result is a new playground made of logs from a fallen tree to teach kids balance and coordination. The play space was made possible through a grant from Nature Play Begins at Your Zoo & Aquarium.
The Great Outdoors University of Greater Charlotte is having great success in connecting city kids with nature. More than 10,000 have participated since the program kicked off 2 1/2 years ago, and many are from low-income families, while others live in group homes.
Working with City Blossoms, a nonprofit that brings community gardens to schools, community centers and other urban areas, Eastern Senior High students spent their summer outdoors, installing a school garden. City Blossoms is one of many groups across the country teaming up with local communities to install school gardens in areas with low access to fresh, healthy foods.
British Adventurer and TV presenter Bear Grylls recently left his 12 year old son stranded on a crop of rocks off the north Wales coast and was excited to do so, as he was practicing free range parenting. This event has stirred a lot of conversation about parenting and whether being an over-protective parent is actually causing more harm than good.
Yoshi Silverstein reviews and explains the key concepts in Robert McDonald's book, Conservation for Cities: How to Plan & Build Natural Infrastructure. Rather than focusing on how to protect nature from cities, the book focuses on how to protect nature for cities.
Research suggests that school gardens help students get excited about school and do better on tests. John J. Pershing Elementary School is one of many schools in low-income neighborhoods in Texas that are partnering with REAL School Gardens, a program that helps schools plan and build their garden based on students' designs.
Estamos Aqui is a new film co-directed and co-produced by Kenny Ballentine, founder of The Nature Kids Institute, and Jose Gonzalez, founder of Latino Outdoors. This feature-length documentary film will uncover and celebrate the often little-known but beautiful and vibrant Latino heritage for conservation and outdoor recreation.
This summer, CLIF Kid and Kaboom joined forces to inspire and challenge families to get outside and play every day with their “Come Out to Play” campaign.
A new outdoor, nature-oriented playspace in Covington, Kentucky broke ground last week as a joint effort between Behringer-Crawford Museum and the Devou Good Project. At this new park, children will be able to swing on an accessible zipline, “row” a flatboat, explore cave-like niches, and discover the wonders of nature in a safe setting.
Each year, every fifth-grade student in Bellingham spends three days attending Mountain School, a 25-year-old program by the North Cascades Institute that introduces children to the outdoors. The school's goal is to whet the student's appetite for nature, creating enough curiosity in hopes the kids will return.
Several states are trying to encourage youth to to visit state parks with two goals in mind: to be more active, and to build an appreciation for nature. Some recent initiatives include offering camps, promoting jobs for teens, and organizing outdoor classrooms.
The Texas Workforce Commission has approved new regulations that provide financial reimbursements for childcare centers with natural outdoor play and learning settings. The standards also reward centers that link the outdoor environment and outdoor activities with indoor learning.
School gardens can be a great way for students to get outdoors and learn about food and nutrition, but psychologist Caroline Boxmeyer wanted more than anecdotal evidence that these programs are successful. Her research found that school gardens have positive impacts on student health and learning, and the benefits are experienced at home as well as at school.
The Corps Network has introduced Eli the Elk, a new mascot to raise awareness around the country about the importance of America’s treasured public lands and forests. He also is drawing attention to the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which will expire soon unless reauthorized by Congress.
A study conducted at the UK’s National Marine Aquarium has shown that exposure to marine life in underwater settings positively affects our well-being, and that impact increases with the number of fish present.
The Prouty Garden has been a favorite spot for patients and family members at Boston Children's hospital since it opened in 1956, but hospital administrators need the land to build an 11-story building to serve more patients.
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.