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New research on value of outdoor play for classroom learning

From the National Wildlife Federation:

Dear Colleagues,

As American childhood has steadily moved indoors in the past 12 to 15 years, outdoor play is increasingly rare. The weekly indoor-outdoor time ratio is now about 10 to one on the indoor side. We wondered what effect this modern "indoor childhood" is having on the quality of K-12 education and the average student's readiness to learn in the classroom.

In this back-to-schools… Continue

Added by Alice Hohl on September 14, 2009 at 8:38am — 2 Comments

Early Education newsletter focuses issue on Nature Education

Added by Alice Hohl on September 14, 2009 at 8:38am — No Comments

Grand Rapids Press features No Child Left Inside Legislation

Added by Alice Hohl on September 14, 2009 at 8:37am — No Comments

Leave No Child Inside Central Ohio Leadership Retreat

The Leave No Child Inside

Central Ohio Collaborative

Leadership Retreat

September 25, 2009

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Greenwood Lake Camp, Delaware Ohio

Please check out our registration link for complete information and to sign up if this event is right for you. This will be a break from our traditional large-scale annual events.

We will have a large-scale event in the spring that will include… Continue

Added by Alice Hohl on September 14, 2009 at 8:37am — No Comments

Children Should Run and Fall Down

I think kids should run and fall down, talk to strangers, get lost, be scared, suffer consequences and so grow stronger, more vital. Too bad if they get injured and traumatized; they’ll heal -- and bear scars that tell good stories. Our culture has become too fearful, and this isn’t good for us.

Macbeth’s witch, Hecate, prophesies at the beginning of the play, “Security is mortals’ chiefest enemy.” This declaration led to many animated discussions in my English classrooms. It means… Continue

Added by Ellen Haas on September 13, 2009 at 11:02pm — 5 Comments

Atlanta's 2009 Cox Conserves Hero, Don Wells

Don Wells and his wife, Diane, visited The Cabin Path awhile back. He documented our Signal Tree, and he also told us that he believed our large, twisted pine tree was a Native American Prayer Tree! I started following his group, the Mountain Stewards. They have researched Native American trails and trees and helped to preserve history.

Don just received a well deserved award. The Cox Conserves Hero Award. It was given for another project..… Continue

Added by Sarah Crutchfield on September 11, 2009 at 7:51am — No Comments

America’s Best Cities for Nature-Deficit Disorder. Now what about the rest of us?

Part of the following column is adapted from a previous blog entry. The column was released September 4, 2009 
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In August, CBS’ “The Early Show” recognized the danger of what we’re now informally calling “nature-deficit disorder.” The show featured the 25 best… Continue

Added by Richard Louv on September 7, 2009 at 3:55pm — No Comments

What kids don't know can sting them

New sting for mother nature: Four in ten children mistake a bee for a wasp


03rd September 2009

Four out of ten children can't tell the difference between a wasp and a bee, a study revealed today.

Researchers found 37 per cent of youngsters aged between five and ten didn't know what a bee looked like - with one in three mistaking it for a wasp.

Incredibly, three per cent picked 'fly' when shown a picture of a… Continue

Added by Richard Louv on September 3, 2009 at 1:00pm — 5 Comments

The Child and Nature Alliance in Canada

In an effort to make this movement truly North American, the Child and Nature Alliance has launched in British Columbia - led by Bob Peart of the Kesho Trust, Becs Hoskins and Nick Stanger. Looking forward to connecting with you all at the Grassroots Gathering next week. Check out our website for more information email us or check out our site:… Continue

Added by Becs Hoskins on September 3, 2009 at 9:07am — 3 Comments

Nature Club for Families Leaders Unite!

During this, the summer of 2009, I have had the wonderful opportunity to work with the Children and Nature Network to help connect existing Nature Clubs for Families leaders through social networking sites such as Facebook, Yahoo Groups, Flickr, Twitter, and through personal e-mails. Wonderful information was gathered from the participating groups and this information will be later used to show the fine efforts of families who are willing to step up to host nature club events within their… Continue

Added by Chip Donahue on August 4, 2009 at 9:05pm — 4 Comments

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