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Dear Friends:

To change a culture, you need great hearts – and you also need evidence.

We believe the future of the children and nature movement depends on a unique resource provided by the (C&NN): our research section. This week, C&NN is releasing another volume of research summaries, bringing the total to more than 200 abstracts. In addition, C&NN produces reports on the research, also downloadable for free. Links are provided so that anyone can read the original documents, as well.

Looking for the evidence to indicate how nature experience can reduce childhood depression, obesity, and the symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder, or increase children’s ability to learn and create? Need the data to make the case for policy changes in government, to convince a principal or school board to bring back recess, to protect the nearby nature so vital to human health? Need help getting funding for a natural play area? Or to develop your own proposal for graduate work? C&NN is the place to go.


If you value C&NN's FREE reports
and publications, please donate now.

We need your help to make sure that great hearts
continue to have the hard evidence they need
to build the movement.

Best wishes for a peaceful and healthy holiday season,

Cheryl Charles,
Ph.D. President and CEO

  • New Nature Movement I was raised in the deserts and high country of the American Southwest. An only child, I spent hours and hours on my own, or…
“The is a global village of kindred spirits of all ages and backgrounds who care about children and youth. It is THE central gathering place for anyone desiring to learn about the movement, share ideas and suggestions, and be inspired to act to reconnect children and youth to the natural world. If you care about the health and well-being of children and want to help, this is the place to be.”
– John Thielbahr
Board Member, Child Care Resource & Referral Network
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Recommended Reading

Last Child in the Woods & The Nature Principle


Last Child in the Woods introduces the concept of nature-deficit disorder, offering practical actions for families and communities. The Nature Principle extends the issue to adults and reports the restorative power of the natural world.

These and other books can be found on our Recommended Reading list.

"If you go with long-term significance, my pick for the top story of not only 2009 but also of the 21st Century is the pandemic of Nature Deficit Disorder, a term so aptly coined by Richard Louv in his best-selling outdoor book, Last Child in the Woods...."
— Bill Schneider, NewWest.Net
“Concerns about long-term consequences—affecting emotional well-being, physical health, learning abilities, environmental consciousness—have spawned a national movement to ‘leave no child inside.’ In recent months, it has been the focus of Capitol Hill hearings, state legislative action, grassroots projects, a U.S. Forest Service initiative to get more children into the woods and a national effort to promote a ‘green hour’ in each day.”
— Washington Post, June 2007
All of us share a sense of common purpose. We represent many, many others—some we know, and others we have never met. People throughout the world are increasingly connected by a resonance and passion, to create a new common sense for the good health of children today and generations to come.
– Cheryl Charles
“The movement to reconnect children to the natural world has arisen quickly, spontaneously, and across the usual social, political, and economic dividing lines.”
Orion magazine, March/April 2007

C&NN Publications

As part of our ongoing efforts to build the movement, the has published these resources for leaders, organizers, and participants at the local, national, and international levels:

2010 C&NN Report
[>] Download PDF [2MB]

Children and Nature 2009: A Report on the Movement to Reconnect Children to the Natural World
[>] Download PDF [1.1MB]

C&NN Community Action Guide: Building the Children & Nature Movement from the Ground Up
[>] Download PDF [1.4MB]
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