Tag: "No Child Left Inside"

Students play outside in Oslo, Norway.

WHAT THE FINNS KNOW: “Friluftsliv” Gets Big Results in Finland’s Schools

The connection between child development and the outdoors can be seen clearly in Scandinavian educational systems. The cultural heritage of Scandinavia venerates nature experience. There’s even a word in Norwegian for it – friluftsliv (frí-loofts-live). The literal translation is “free air life.” Friluftsliv promotes direct experience in the natural world — picture a three year old gamboling [...]

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HOW WE SPEND OUR DAYS: The Real, the Virtual, and Placing Our Children in Nature’s Path

HOW WE SPEND OUR DAYS: The Real, the Virtual, and Placing Our Children in Nature’s Path

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” — Annie Dillard. All along the creek are miles and miles of beaver dams in all stages of construction and deterioration. Behind dry, deserted dams, the silt is built up to dam level, making it clear that it was time for the [...]

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NETWORK POWER! Fundamentals of Grassroots Network Weaving for the Children & Nature Movement

NETWORK POWER! Fundamentals of Grassroots Network Weaving for the Children & Nature Movement

When Mary Roscoe, coordinator of the Bay Area Children in Nature Collaborative (CINC), hit the send button to forward the article Leadership & Networks: New Ways of Developing Leadership in a Highly Connected World, little did she know what she was setting in motion. This article describes beautifully the work many of us are doing in [...]

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A Christmas Memory

A Christmas Memory

After a heavy snow, my father and I trudged through the drifts, up the road to a hill that sloped down through the woods. It was a precarious slide. The afternoon was achingly cold; I can still feel the stabs of blowing ice on my cheeks. I recall hurdling down that hill, headfirst on the [...]

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NATURE WAS MY RITALIN: What The New York Times Isn’t Telling You About ADHD

NATURE WAS MY RITALIN: What The New York Times Isn’t Telling You About ADHD

Is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) a painful neurological reality for many children? Undoubtedly. But could it be that at least some of the increase in diagnosis and treatment of ADHD may have to do with the fact that we took the calming effects of nature away from kids in the first place? On December 15th, The New [...]

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THE TWELVE GIFTS OF NATURE: And Now for a Completely Different Shopping Experience

THE TWELVE GIFTS OF NATURE: And Now for a Completely Different Shopping Experience

This holiday season, give a partridge in a pear tree. If you can’t find one, here’s a dozen other suggestions for other natural gifts. Some of these can inspire direct experience. Others can be the experience. All of them can last for decades. 1. Make an Outdoor Coupon Book. Give your child or other family member an envelope with several [...]

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CAN CHILDREN AND FAMILIES HELP BRING BACK THE MONARCH? 5 Simple Tips for Saving Vanishing Species in Your Yard and Community

CAN CHILDREN AND FAMILIES HELP BRING BACK THE MONARCH? 5 Simple Tips for Saving Vanishing Species in Your Yard and Community

When I was a child my parents subscribed to National Geographic and I always looked forward every month to see what new wonders of the world they would surprise and delight us with in their latest issue. We kept those magazines for years and used them for all sorts of homework and art projects. There [...]

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THE HYBRID MIND: The More High-Tech Schools Become, the More Nature They Need

THE HYBRID MIND: The More High-Tech Schools Become, the More Nature They Need

On Nov. 16, at the annual Learning & the Brain conference in Boston, Mass., I offered some of the following remarks in a keynote address. My topic was “The Hybrid Mind.” This was drawn in part from earlier essays and my book, “The Nature Principle.” I once met an instructor who trained young people to become the pilots of cruise [...]

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ENFANTS ET NATURE DANS LE MONDE ENTIER: Une Vision Partagée

ENFANTS ET NATURE DANS LE MONDE ENTIER: Une Vision Partagée

Imaginez un monde – un monde où TOUS les enfants intègrent leur vécu de la nature dans leur vie de tous les jours. Tous les enfants, partout dans le monde. Partout, chaque jour. Voilà la vision du mouvement Enfants et Nature. Notre vision commune. Nous sommes le mouvement Enfants et Nature, et vous l’êtes également. [...]

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BRING DOWN THE BARRIERS!  Five Causes of Nature-Deficit Disorder; Five Challenges for the New Nature Movement

BRING DOWN THE BARRIERS!
Five Causes of Nature-Deficit Disorder; Five Challenges for the New Nature Movement

In the 21st Century, our Great Work – as Thomas Berry put it – must be the creation of a new, restorative relationship with the rest of the natural world. It’s time to envision that future. It’s time to bring down the barriers, including these — which are not only between people and nature, but [...]

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YOU CAN GET YOUR STUDENTS OUTSIDE — and Still Meet Your State Standards

YOU CAN GET YOUR STUDENTS OUTSIDE — and Still Meet Your State Standards

The research is clear: hands-on, experiential learning leads to higher test scores and lower behavior issues. Common sense tells us that sitting still at a desk – no matter the subject – simply does not result in a child who is constructing knowledge or developing a love of learning. Indeed, the lack of even the slightest connection [...]

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TIME FOR YOUR VITAMIN ‘N': Ten great ways pediatricians and other health professionals can promote health and wellness

TIME FOR YOUR VITAMIN ‘N': Ten great ways pediatricians and other health professionals can promote health and wellness

Time spent in nature isn’t a panacea, but as therapy and prevention, it’s gaining respect among health professionals. “Connecting with nature has always been an important part of my life and now I encourage my patients to do the same,” says Stephen Pont, M.D., chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section on Obesity. [...]

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HIGH SCHOOLERS NEED NATURE, TOO! Why It’s Hard to Connect

HIGH SCHOOLERS NEED NATURE, TOO!
Why It’s Hard to Connect

Last year, as Rachel Needham finished her senior year of high school, she wrote this fine piece about why she needs nature, the barriers to that experience, and why we all need a reality — or nature — check.  As a high school senior preparing to apply for college, I am drowning in advice from [...]

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CHILD-FRIENDLY LAWNS AND GARDENS: Ten Things You Can Do to Reduce Hidden Chemical Risks

CHILD-FRIENDLY LAWNS AND GARDENS: Ten Things You Can Do to Reduce Hidden Chemical Risks

While children are at risk from indoor pollutants and toxins, Louise Chawla reminds us about the hidden chemical risks just outside the door, and tells us what we can do about them. Everyone who advocates connecting children with nature needs to add—“not nature sprayed with herbicides, insecticides and other pesticides.” In November 2012 the American [...]

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CHERYL CHARLES WELCOMES C&NN’S NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

CHERYL CHARLES WELCOMES C&NN’S NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Dear Friends of the Children & Nature Network, Change can sometimes be difficult, change can often be challenging. And yet change is a constant in natural systems. Among humans, it can be a source of inspiration, vitality and hope. In nature, plants grow and seasons turn. A toddler learns to talk and rolls down a [...]

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