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Across the United States, families are anxiously awaiting spring. Mother Heather Manning of Bethlehem, Pa. shares some of her family's favorite outdoor activities that get her kids excited for being outdoors in warmer weather.
The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies is partnering with The Children & Nature Network (C&NN) to improve the health outcomes for all communities. The aim is to leverage the knowledge and expertise of each organization’s network to promote access to green spaces.
California assemblyman Mark Stone has introduced legislation that would help get more youth outdoors to learn. Kris Beall and Dan Haifley argue this is a smart move because the science, math and literacy that youth learn from textbooks inside classrooms is enhanced by outdoor learning.
Cities across the United States are waking up to the value of urban forests. From helping fight climate change, to mitigating storm water run-off, to cleaning the air, and even improving the mental health of citizens, trees offer metropolitan areas numerous benefits.
The editorial board of the Idaho Statesman newspaper uses the occasion of "Be Outside, Idaho" week to argue for more outdoor activity for kids. They maintain that children deserve the sense of wonder and imagination that is stimulated by something as simple as a hike.
Regional planners in Minnesota's Twin Cities region are grappling with data showing that public parks disproportionately serve wealthy white communities and are underused by people of color. The planners hope to start what they admit will be a difficult conversation about race equity and public green spaces.
While the health benefits of trees and green spaces are generally understood, they are often under-appreciated. A decade of social science, psychology, forestry and medicine research is leading scientists to the conclusion that healthy trees are essential for healthy human populations.
In the 2010 Richard Louvd declared that, before long, Australia would reap the rewards of reconnecting with the outdoors. Four years later the country is seeing formerly grey spaces turned green, school gardens cropping up, and more parents scheduling outdoor time for their children.
Diane Selkirk and her husband are raising their child while traveling aboard our 40-foot sailboat. Many say adventure sailing with young children can be risky, especially after the recent public rescue of another sailing family. Selkirk says it's the best way she knows how to parent.
A three-month programme engaging children with Singapore's green spaces returns this year, with the aim of bringing them closer to nature. The second edition of the Young Explorer Programme was launched by Environment and Water Resources Minister Dr Vivian Balakrishnan on Friday.

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