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Garden produce provides nutritional benefits, but the very act of digging in the dirt nurtures mind, body, and soul. This feature in "EXPERIENCE L!FE" magazine details some of the benefits of outdoor gardening and features a Q&A with Richard Louv on overcoming Nature Deficit Disorder.
A new study by researchers at Michigan State University and Yale University and published in the "Journal of the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture," found that children who play in nature report having more self fulfillment and purpose than those that do not.
A recent study conducted by researchers from the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom hones in on the advantages of outdoor activities. Findings showed that children who spent more time involved in exercise outdoors decreased their risk for obesity and other weight-related health issues.
The National Physical Activity Plan Alliance has released the first U.S. Report Card on National Physical Activity PlanPhysical Activity for Children and Youth, which says that U.S. children are falling far short when it comes to being active.
Matty Hack and his brother Benjamin at an outdoors retreat west of Ann Arbor, Michigan called Farm Camp. They have found particular joy in the nature/birding hikes and how campers of all ages delight in spotting in their natural habitats.
New research suggests that living near green spaces like parks and woods puts people in a better mental state, with "significant and sizable" effects. A new survey review by the University of Wisconsin-Madison seems to confirm the findings.
A Tennessee eighth-grader so strongly opposed to the Styrofoam trays his school used that he refused to eat off of them. Thanks to his efforts, the school district has eliminated the environmentally harmful product from its entire system.
The arrival of spring in the northern hemisphere marks nesting season for millions of bird species. In this helpful how-to guide Senior Editor at Wildlife Magazine, Roger Di Silvestro offers some tips on on getting birds to build nests in your yard.
John Gunyou, board chairman of Three Rivers Park District in Minnesota, argues that kids aren’t getting the exposure to nature they need for developing physical and emotional health. He outlines how parks and park systems can help.
A $200,000 grant from The REI Foundation will help empower diverse young leaders through this Children and Nature Network program focused on training and mentoring as a means to combat Nature-Deficit Disorder.

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