Tag Archives: growth

Gazing at stars rather than screens

Nathan Crabbe Sunday, February 9, 2014 in The Gainesville Sun It took an evening listening to Finnish music in the dark to revive my hope that my daughter will develop a love of nature. Last weekend, a stargazing event brought hundreds of people to the Hickory Ranch portion of Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park. TheContinue Reading

Pediatricians issue new media guidelines for kids

By Tia Ghose, LiveScience Tue, Oct 29 2013 at 9:39 AM Photo: Andrey Burmakin/Shutterstock Children should be limited to less than two hours of entertainment-based screen time per day, and shouldn’t have TVs or Internet access in their bedrooms, according to new guidelines from pediatricians. The new policy statement was released by the American AcademyContinue Reading

The Best Playground Is The One Nature Provided

 November 01, 2012 By Michael J. Coren New studies find that the more close to nature a playground is, the more kids like it and the healthier it is for kids. Time to throw out that jungle gym. You can take homo sapiens out of the wilderness, but not the wilderness out of humans itContinue Reading

Getting kids outdoors makes them happier, healthier – and smarter

by Alicia Swanstrom Oct 31, 2012       Liza Sullivan/Through Play Henry and Jettie Sullivan, 5-year-old twins, would use their times outdoors to role play and reenact scenes from books they read with their mother, Liza Sullivan. To Liza Sullivan, a mother of two, the Earth is more than the grass beneath her feet.Continue Reading

Let Your Children Go Tree-Climbing

By Laura Clark Children are being cut off from nature by mollycoddling parents who refuse to let them play out in the rain, climb trees and get dirty, according to a National Trust inquiry.  In a report out today, the charity urges parents to give youngsters wellies and a raincoat and send them outdoors toContinue Reading

Is Nature a Cure for Bullying?

Huffington Post – October 19, 2012 By Jackie Ostfeld The first time I witnessed one of my students being bullied was during the winter of 2002. Fresh out of college, I had just begun my first job as a naturalist with an outdoor environmental education program in South Carolina. One of my students, Amanda* wasContinue Reading

C&NN’s Natural Teachers Network: Take the Pledge!

Web Resources to help teachers use the natural world as a classroom   We hope that you find the following list to be a useful reference. This initial list is not comprehensive and will be augmented as new and relevant resources are discovered. Please send us your suggestions for additions by writing to info@childrenandnature.org. We will notContinue Reading

Prescription for kids: Take a hike

By Denis Cuff         Outdoor activities   Campers try to tune their hand-eye coordination with a ring toss game during a session of Sarah’s Science Camp at Roberts Regional Park, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012 in Oakland, Calif. East Bay Regional Parks District, which runs the park, is applying for a $2.6 millionContinue Reading

Vitamin N: The missing ingredient in the 21st Century Curriculum by Tonya Gray

July 15, 2012 In the words of the renowned philosopher Henry David Thoreau: We need the tonic of wilderness. And yet, in the 21st Century, we find our children increasingly without this ‘tonic’, or what Richard Louv (2011) calls ‘Vitamin N,’ for Nature. All available evidence suggests that young Australians are becoming less likely toContinue Reading

April 30-May 6th Screen-Free Week!