Author Archive for Suz Lipman

Susan Sachs Lipman (Suz) has more than 25 years experience as a writer, editor, social media manager, community builder, and advocate for getting children into nature. She is the author of Fed Up with Frenzy: Slow Parenting in a Fast-Moving World, which was named a TIME magazine Top 10 Trend of 2012. She has written for the New York Times Motherlode blog, the Christian Science Monitor’s Modern Parenthood blog and others. Suz serves as the Director of Social Media Promotion and Partnerships for the Children & Nature Network.

Get Involved: Public Listening Sessions on America’s Great Outdoors Initiative

This is an exciting summer for those who want to make their voices heard about President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors Initiative. The America’s Great Outdoors Initiative was signed at a White House Conference on April 16. You can read the remarks and see video of President Obama, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, and others. At the [...]

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Safe Routes to School Publishes New Resource Guides

The Safe Routes to School National Partnership, to which C&NN belongs, has issued two new resource guides:  Getting Students Active through Safe Routes to School: Policies and Action Steps for Education Policymakers and Professionals and Implementing Safe Routes to School in Low-Income Schools and Communities: A Resource Guide for Volunteers and Professionals. Getting Students Active [...]

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Summer Camp: An Antidote to Nature-Deficit Disorder

Summer is upon us and, for many families, that means a traditional camp experience for their children. But even the camp experience has changed over the years to reflect what Richard Louv noted in 2005’s Last Child in the Woods as a “shift in our relationship to the natural world … even in settings that [...]

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First Lady Says Let’s Move … Outside!

Updated June 1: As First Lady Michelle Obama unveiled the Let’s Move Outside initiative, expanding her campaign to solve childhood obesity, a broad coalition representing the business and non-profit communities announced a national strategic partnership called the Outdoors Alliance for Kids (OAK). OAK brings together the YMCA of the USA, REI, Sierra Club, National Wildlife [...]

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Important New Research Links Nature and Children’s Health

An important new paper has just been released that further links children’s time in nature to their overall health. The paper, Using Nature and Outdoor Activity to Improve Children’s Health, was written by Leyla E. McCurdy, MPhil, Kate E. Winterbottom, MPH, Suril S. Mehta, MPH, and James R. Roberts, MD, MPH, and published in the [...]

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New Research on Children and Nature Focuses on Education

There is a wealth of research to bolster the need for children to spend time in nature. Now visitors to the C&NN web site can access a round-up of selected research and studies that focus on nature in education and educational settings. These studies, along with others, were originally published by C&NN in four volumes, [...]

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Children & Nature Movement Spans Six Continents

In addition to having 72 grassroots campaigns and hundreds of members in many parts of North America, the Children & Nature Movement includes clubs, groups, programs, and events around the globe, with ever-increasing numbers of people joining in. NatureWize in Guiyang,Guizhou, China, just hosted a brunch and litter-pick up event for April Awareness Month. A [...]

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Children are Getting Outside for Earth Week, April Awareness Month

The 40th Earth Day day is upon us April 22, and many are celebrating the entire Earth Week, not to mention April’s Children & Nature Awareness Month. Earth Day’s legacy, from that first one in 1970, heralded a new era of conserving our land, air, water and other resources. At the government level, it sparked [...]

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LIVE White House Conference on America’s Great Outdoors

The Conference has ended. It was exciting to follow along and provide updates. A complete transcript of President Obama’s opening remarks can be seen here. C&NN Vice President and co-founder Martin LeBlanc, who is at the conference, wrote, “My main observation is that connecting children to the outdoors is fundamental to every Conservation priority the [...]

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Michelle Obama’s Childhood Obesity Summit Addresses Importance of Outdoors

Last week, First Lady Michelle Obama hosted the White House Childhood Obesity Summit as part of her work with the newly formed Childhood Obesity Task Force and its accompanying Let’s Move campaign. The Summit was attended by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, and Martin LeBlanc, [...]

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White House to Host Conference on Great Outdoors

The Obama Administration is recognizing the importance of the outdoors to people’s health and well-being, with two important new programs: The White House Conference on America’s Great Outdoors and First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign to eradicate childhood obesity. The White House Conference on America’s Great Outdoors will be held Friday, April 16. C&NN [...]

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Young People to Celebrate Nature on Get Outside Day!

Hundreds of young people around the U.S. are preparing for Get Outside Day! 2010. On April 3rd and throughout the week, these Natural Leaders will engage in a variety of events to have fun, get out in nature, and encourage others to put down their electronic media and do the same. C&NN’s Natural Leaders Network [...]

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NWF Certified Wildlife Habitat Program Transforms Yards, Lives

The National Wildlife Federation is ramping up its Certified Wildlife Habitat program. Thousands of home and school gardeners already participate in the program, which allows families, students and others an opportunity for deeper enjoyment of nearby nature, as well as the education and satisfaction that comes from knowing that their spaces are helping local wildlife [...]

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Summer Camp Attendance on Rise

Despite a recent Kaiser Family Foundation study revealing that the average young person spends nearly eight hours a day with electronic media, attendance at traditional summer camp is up. U.S. camp attendance has grown by an average of one to three percent per year over the past several years. Parents report absorbing the message that [...]

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Congratulations Natural Leaders Juan Martinez and Katia Rossi

Two members of C&NN’s Natural Leaders Network have been featured in important upcoming books.

Juan Martinez, Natural Leader Coordinator, is featured in the book, Hispanics Living Green, by Sharon T. Freeman. A Congressional Reception to celebrate the book will be held March 17.

Juan is also speaking at the Smart Start/Early Childhood Best Practices Conference in San Jose March 20.

Katia Rossi, one of the Core Leaders of the Natural Leaders Network, is profiled in the upcoming Girls Gone Green by Lynn Hirshfield.

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