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A Promise of Hope

Mahatma Gandhi said, "Be the change you wish to see in the world." The change I wish to see in the world is for us all to change from a taker lifestyle (throw-away, money-driven society) to a leaver style (subsistence living, love for the entire family and friendship-driven society). And so unfortunately, I let Mahatma down at times. At times I do just the opposite. Here's what I mean:

There are things you can do that are good for the earth (for the ecosystem, the environment, and… Continue

Added by Matthew James Kegelman on December 17, 2009 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Santa as ambassador for outdoor play

This year, the Santa hired to visit and pose for pictures with children at our annual Nutcracker Faire in Homer, Alaska [and who's been working this faire for years] proved himself one of our area's strongest advocates for outdoor play. He was overheard by a parent asking her son...who'd just asked him for a bunch of electronic toys...if he played outside much. When the young many replied, "Yes, I play outside a lot," Santa said, "That's great, because it's very important to do that. Be sure to… Continue

Added by Carmen Field on December 9, 2009 at 12:00am — 2 Comments

A Huge Thanks to Martin LeBlanc from Alaska - What A Tour!

Two weeks ago Martin LeBlanc - C&NN Vice President, NLN mentor and incredible, inspirational advocate for connecting youth with the outdoors - visited Alaska for a whirlwind 3-day speaking tour in Fairbanks, Anchorage and Homer. In all three communities he eloquently presented on the issue of nature-deficit disorder to students (some younger than he'd imagined) and members of the general public. In Homer, where I live, Martin expertly shared this… Continue

Added by Carmen Field on December 3, 2009 at 12:46am — 2 Comments

Stan "The Man" Lee is excited about our next Nature Club for Families event!

Here are the details:

Uncanny, Amazing, Spectacular, Invincible, Fantastic!

Dec 27 2:00pm - Dec 27 4:00pm

Come out and play with KIVA to help us celebrate the 87th birthday of the man who re-invented adjectives and many, many superheroes - Stan "The Man" Lee! Meet us in Eureka Park for an afternoon of play and imagination - KIVA style. Wear your favorite superhero costume, or be like Stan and make up your own superhero!

Well, that was the note I sent out to our… Continue

Added by Chip Donahue on December 1, 2009 at 5:54pm — 1 Comment

Did you all see the cover of time this week? It's about OverParenting

They quote Lenore Skenazy of New York City - she has a blog called FreeRangeKids. I've spoken with her on the phone before. Lots of common connections between our issues and this one.

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Added by Alice Hohl on November 25, 2009 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

An email I received that I thought you might enjoy reading

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL MY FRIENDS WHO WERE BORN IN THE 1930's 1940's, 50's, 60's, 70's and early 80's !

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us and lived in houses made of asbestos. They took aspirin, ate blue cheese, raw egg products, loads of bacon and processed meat, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes or cervical cancer.

Then after that trauma, our baby cots were covered with bright coloured lead-based… Continue

Added by Juliet Robertson on November 24, 2009 at 9:17am — 4 Comments

We need your vote!

As we ramp up our Canadian efforts to build the children and nature movement, we've entered a contest and we need your help to get us there! Here are the details!

1. Go here:

2. Log in,

3. then go to "Environment & Conservation"

4. and scroll down to "Inside OUT - a natural revolution for children and families" and cast your 3 votes by clicking on the little 'vote' button under the tallied vote… Continue

Added by Becs Hoskins on November 20, 2009 at 2:37pm — 1 Comment

Is there a “Button Park” in your future?

Remember the special place in nature that you had as a child — that wooded lot at the end of the cul de sac, that ravine behind your housing tract? What if adults had cared just as much about that special place as you did, when you were a child?

In the spirit of the Do it Yourself, Do it Now philosophy of the Children & Nature Network, here’s an idea whose time may be coming: the creation of “nearby-nature trusts.” Land trust organizations could develop and distribute tool kits,… Continue

Added by Richard Louv on November 16, 2009 at 3:50pm — No Comments

Do you know about the "Music for the Movement?"

Did you know.....?

Professional singer and songwriter Jenny Morgan has produced a CD of songs for the Children & Nature movement. These are available for purchase online. Because she is extremely dedicated to the movement (and is founder of the Leave No Child INSIDE Central Ohio Collaborative) she can work out affordable licensing agreements for you to use the music in promotional DVDs, TV ads, Web sites, etc.

Please visit… Continue

Added by Alice Hohl on November 16, 2009 at 8:56am — No Comments

David Sobel: This one was for you!

Yesterday morning, twelve cars travelled up the Blue Ridge Parkway towards Peaks of Otter. Looking back at the long line of cars was only a foreshadowing of the fun that was about to happen. Big kids, little kids, and some brave parents took on the challenge of getting to the top.

Here’s a reference:…


Added by Chip Donahue on November 15, 2009 at 6:59pm — 1 Comment

Governor letter to Secretary Duncan

The deadline for Governors to sign onto Governor O'Malley's letter urging Education Secretary Arne Duncan to support the No Child Left Inside ammendment is November 20th. So far, O'Malley is joined by Governors from CT, KS, OH, VI, NM, WI, ME, OR, KY, IL, WI, CO and VA. Governor Schwarzenegger’s office has expressed support for NCLI, but has not yet signed on to the letter.

If you have any questions, please contact me. The letter is inserted below:

July 10,… Continue

Added by Elena Takaki on November 12, 2009 at 12:36pm — 1 Comment

Partnership for Children in Nature Work Plan

Maryland has released its annual Partnership for Children in Nature Work Plan. This plan outlines short-terms goals that can be achieved with existing funds. Although times are tough for states, the urgency to get our kids connected to nature remains. The annual work plan aims to accomplish some of the recommendations put forth by the Maryland Partnership for Children in Nature. For more information, please visit

Added by Elena Takaki on November 12, 2009 at 12:28pm — No Comments

Sign of the times - Sesame Street Changes

I'm watching Sesame Street for the first time in 20+ years -- Today the theme is habitat, and Big Bird is trying to decide if he's going to migrate. A Black-bellied whistling duck is doing a parody on The Maltese Falcon. There are activities for parents and teachers Michelle Obama is planting a vegetable garden. Kids are learning how to leap like a frog.

Cheryl says that… Continue

Added by Nancy Herron on November 11, 2009 at 7:42am — No Comments

Conkers Part 2

This posting looks at games for groups of children which can be played with conkers. It's from my own blog, "I'm a teacher, get me OUTSIDE here!"

Pass the conker

Everyone stands in a circle holding a conker in each hand behind their backs. An adult or a child who isn’t part of the circle counts to twenty quickly. The children in the circle, close their eyes and start passing conkers to their left as… Continue

Added by Juliet Robertson on November 6, 2009 at 2:21pm — No Comments

Connecting to Nature in America's Toughest City

Latino Health Access (LHA) is an Inside the Outdoors' partner. Last summer, we were able to offer Inside the Outdoors Summer Day Camp camperships to 10 children served by LHA. These children live in a place where every child has only 22 feet of open space. Most of the campers from LHA had never been outside of their community, so the experience for them represented the first chance the children had to connect with nature.

If you want to be truly inspired, take a few minutes to listen… Continue

Added by Lori Kiesser on November 4, 2009 at 5:10pm — 2 Comments

Richard Louv Lets His Actions Speak Loudest

Richard Louv has brought his passion for bringing families, children and nature together to yet another empowering project. As a contributor to our recently published book, Actions Speak Loudest, Richard penned an inspiring essay about the diverse physical and emotional benefits of “Connecting With Nature.”

I first met Rich during the filming of our documentary, Remote Control,… Continue

Added by Bob McKinnon on November 4, 2009 at 7:37am — No Comments

Outdoor Afro Halloween!

Some folks my age think Halloween is radically different now than when we were kids, but it really isn’t. Kids still love and anticipate dressing up, getting a ton of free candy, and a sanctioned roam of the streets after nightfall. For me and my friends, it’s one of those childhood activities that keep evolving over time, with more elaborate parties to attend and more decadent costumes to fuss over as adults.

As a child, I actually… Continue

Added by Rue on October 31, 2009 at 12:31am — 1 Comment

new NC state coalition wants to involve youth more

The new N.C. Children and Nature Coalition (NCCAN!) has formally launched itself this past week ( after almost 2 years of planning) in Charlotte with Richard Louv in attendance. We announced the new website ( and will be hosting our annual conference at the NC Zoo March 25, 2010. The Zoo has a Zoo HIgh School as part of the local school system with the actual classrooms/high school on site. They would like to become… Continue

Added by Kathy Bull on October 29, 2009 at 1:57pm — No Comments


Last week I was on a secret mission. Deep in the woods outside Inverurie, there are some horse chestnut trees which always have a good supply of conkers. Under the pretence of taking my dog for a walk I took a bag and set off during the middle of the day to add to my collection.

As I approached the trees, my apprehension grew. Year after year, I suffered disappointment as a child, usually being the last to get to the conker trees and having the tail-end pickings. At first glance when… Continue

Added by Juliet Robertson on October 28, 2009 at 10:57am — 2 Comments

Nature Clubs for Families Toolkit: A Valuable Resource for Funding!

A grant was recently awarded to fund a Family Nature Club using the Nature Clubs for Families Toolkit as a resource. The grant will allow the Ward Museum to develop and pilot a new Family Nature Club. If you are interested in learning more about how to use this toolkit in grant writing to fund a FNC or have similar accomplishments and ideas to share, please post your ideas or contact

Added by Kim Check on October 27, 2009 at 11:17am — No Comments

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