Not long ago I met some dedicated young women who were doing their student teaching at an impressive nature-based preschool. They made it clear that they’d love to pursue careers at similar schools. But they were discouraged about the prospects. Despite growing demand from parents, the number of nature-based preschools remains relatively low. “Is there [...]
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A New Year’s Wish and Resolution: This year, become a Natural Teacher, a Regional Campaign Leader, a Natural Family, a young Natural Leader, a Pediatrician Who Prescribes Nature, a Let’s G.O.! (Get Outside) event organizer, an architect for change, and more. Or support C&NN through a tax deductible donation. And thanks to those who already connect kids to nature.
Life was very good last Friday morning at my small college in the Shenandoah Valley — the end of classes, grades submitted, and paperwork readied for sending a new crop of classroom teachers out into public schools. Then, someone caught news of the unthinkable and within minutes, each of us in the office had one [...]
Recently, a teacher showed me the amazing wordless picture book, Window, written by Jeannie Baker. This powerful work depicts how a child’s view from his window gradually changes from lush natural landscape to a congested urban cityscape as he grows from infancy to adulthood. The book is a touching illustration of the transition from natural environments [...]
“A movement moves.” — Rev. Gerald L. Durley All of us involved with the Children & Nature Network recognize the challenges ahead, the miles to go, the promises and deadlines to keep. But for the children and nature movement, 2011 has been a banner year. Here are a few of the achievements accomplished during the [...]
“Connected and honored, natural teachers could inspire other teachers; they could become a galvanizing force within their schools. In the process, they would contribute to their own psychological, physical, and spiritual health.” — The Nature Principle Not long ago, I was speaking with a middle school principal in Austin who was sympathetic to the cause, but [...]
Larry Volpe, a 5th grade teacher at Daniel Lairon Elementary School in Santa Clara County, California, was recently presented with C&NN’s first Annual Teachers Award. The award was presented aboard the Lindblad Expeditions Sea Bird, during a recent C&NN event at which participants discussed the children and nature movement and ways to take it to [...]
A new report from the National Wildlife Federation, Back to School: Back Outside, shows how outdoor education and time is connected with wide-ranging academic benefits including: Improved classroom behavior Increased student motivation and enthusiasm to learn Better performance in math, science, reading and social studies Reduced Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Higher scores on standardized [...]