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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.
Since 2005, the organization Urban Blazers has been helping middle school students from Philly's under-resourced neighborhoods discover the city's hiking trails, parks and natural areas.
A National Wildlife Federation report highlights just what little time American kids spend outdoors nowadays and the negative impacts this has on their health. Fortunately, efforts are being made, both at a local and national level, to facilitate sustained opportunities to get young people out in nature.
Two science professors at New Orleans' Loyola University are developing an interactive children's iPad app that guides students through the city's prized Audubon Park, teaching them biology and environmental science concepts that apply to their surroundings.
South Florida's national parks Teacher-Ranger-Teacher (TRT) program offers teachers new knowledge, skills, and appreciation for Florida's national parks as well as a variety of exciting hands-on experiences in the parks. TRT also helps the park form valuable partnerships with local educators while park staff enjoy the infusion of enthusiasm and fresh perspective these teachers bring.
Wilderness Inquiry, the U.S. Forest Service and the YWCA of St. Paul have partnered to take youth from their IMPACT program to Superior National Forest for a unique educational experience in nature. This program is also designed to teach young people about jobs in the Forest Service.
LandSmart for Kids connects students with Napa Valley watersheds through hands-on activities. Last school year, more than 1,300 Napa County students got to go outside and make a positive impact on Napa County’s watersheds. The program will resume in the upcoming school year, and the RCD is now looking for new program sites where students can participate in restoration work.
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell recently visited Acadia National Park as part of an ambitious youth initiative to get young people learning, working and playing outdoors. Acadia and other national parks are vital landscapes for scientific study, exploration, and education, and provide opportunities for young people to engage with the outdoors in a meaningful way.

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