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The conversation on danger in play continues, as more and more adventure playgrounds encouraging unstructured, free play open around the country. Can riskier playgrounds make healthier adults?
Retired New Jersey couple Steve and Linda Quinn were inspired by Richard Louv's "Last Child in the Woods" to turn a suburban plot of land near their home into an incredible miniature wildlife sanctuary for local children.
MeiMei Fox delves into a recent study by Nature Conservancy supported by Disney, which reveals that most American parents want to get their kids outdoors more often. This further supports the idea that parents should be their children's stewards, planning nature activities for the family and encouraging time spent outside.
Engagement with nature benefits us all. But recent studies indicate that nature engagement is especially helpful in the education and development of visually impaired children. Encouraging these children to engage all their senses during playtime can aid them in being more resourceful and creative in their learning.
The Edible Schoolyard Project, founded by Alice Waters in the 1990s in Berkeley, continues to grow in popularity as more schools recognize the importance of fostering the connection between young people and the food they eat. In Lake Placid, New York, the long-standing Edible Schoolyard 7th grade program is expanding to the whole school.
A new show aims to explain the complex and often frightening issues of our time to kids using a straightforward, science-based, pragmatic approach--as well as stories and music!
From Bwindi to Queen Elizabeth to Murchison Falls, Uganda is rich with national parks. But for years, Ugandans have been vacationing out of the country. Why is this, and what can be done to encourage Ugandans to experience and appreciate the nature in their own backyards?
Bay Area Wilderness Training, an Earth Island Institute Project, gives young people firsthand, culturally-relevant wilderness experiences, as well as creates opportunities for their educators to receive outdoor leadership training.
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.
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?

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