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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.
Nine years ago Dayna Gross moved into a house on The Nature Conservancy’s Silver Creek Preserve in south-central Idaho. She got married on the preserve and is now raising two children there. Their childhood has often looked very different than that of other kids their age.
Dan Duett spent the summers of his youth at camp, first as a camper and then as a counselor. For years he simply surmised his camping experiences as "great." In this piece, he attempts to dig into why camp was so important to him and is to millions of children today.
Ben Klasky, President and CEO of IslandWood, wonders how our culture became so fearful of letting kids play on their own outdoors that we actively keep them inside. Looking at the numbers, he suggests perhaps that fear is misplaced.
Having a teenager lost in his or her cellphone — texting friends and communicating with parents in monosyllabic grunts — has become a trope of the Internet age. But teens are not the only ones distracted by their devices.
The idea of shared community space for agricultural purposes is thousands of years old. Today, people and neighborhoods around the world are rediscovering the many benefits of community gardens and what they can help grow, beyond just tasty vegetables.
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.

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