Campaign/Initiative News


State

Nashua Telegraph – November 01, 2007

Activists worry kids not seeing the forest for the TV

By Michael Brindley
Advocates for getting children more involved in the outdoors will be gathering in New Hampshire next month. The Forum, "Leave No Child Inside: A Community Conversation About Connecting Children and Nature" will be hosted by the , the Sierra Club and the New Hampshire Children in Nature Initiative. The morning session, featuring Richard Louv, is free and open to the public.
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State

The Wyoming Business Report – October 16, 2007

Wyo rec managers target couch potato kids

By Phil Noble
Federal and state agency managers concerned with recreation in Wyoming are considering a proposal by the Director of the Teton Science School designed to get children off the couch and into the great outdoors. [+]

Local

The Greeley Tribune – October 14, 2007

Losing ground: More people means more houses, leaving fewer places to explore

Losing ground: More people means more houses, leaving fewer places to explore

By Dan England,
While there's a growing urgency to address kids losing touch with the outdoors, "most still have never heard of the idea," said Zoe Whyman, community relations manager for the Fort Collins Natural Areas Program. "Just making people aware of the problem is our main goal." Whyman's group is among organizations in the Fort Collins area dedicated to helping kids get in touch with nature and the outdoors. These include the Boy Scouts of America -- Longs Peak Council, the Colorado Division of Wildlife, Colorado Youth Outdoors, Kids in the Woods, the Poudre Education Center, and the Fort Collins Aububon Society.
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State

Competitor Magazine – July 06, 2007

Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights Supported by Governator

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This past week (Friday, July 6), Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a proclamation supporting the California Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights which includes ten easy and fun things that every child should have the opportunity to experience between the ages of four and 14, including to: discover California's past, splash in the water, play in a safe place, camp under the stars, explore nature, learn to swim, play on a team, follow a trail, catch a fish and celebrate their heritage. [+]

Allies

The Missoulian – October 02, 2007

Sustainable spirit: REI chief says the challenge is to connect people with nature

Sustainable spirit: REI chief says the challenge is to connect people with nature

By Michael Moore
Acording to Sally Jewell, REI's president and chief executive officer, if REI is going to bill itself as a company that brings people and nature together, it's got to do something other than just sell things. “As a society, we need a way to bridge the disconnect between people and nature, between children and nature,” she said. [+]

Local

The Ledger, New York Times Regional Media Group – October 05, 2007

A high-tech trail trek to draw kids outdoors

By Gary White
A celebration on October 6 kicked off a year-long series of hiking events. One way organizers hope to interest children - and their parents - in exploring the outdoors is through geocaching, a high-tech form of treasure hunting. Caches will be hidden along each of the hiking routes, and participants will receive "passport journals" in which to document their activities. [+]

Local | Education

Cincinnati Digs Nature for Kids

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Betsy Townsend, a leader in the Leave No Child Inside of Greater Cincinnati campaign, reports the campaign’s goal: to educate the public about the mental, physical and emotional health benefits of playing in nature, for all children. [+]

National | Access

the Atlanta Journal Constitution – April 27, 2007

Sierra Club a camp booster: Donation to aid children in military families

Sierra Club a camp booster: Donation to aid children in military families

By Gerry Smith
The Sierra Club announced it will donate more than $1 million to send military children to Operation Purple camps across the country. For one week this summer, children will kayak along the Broad River, learn the history of the Cherokee Indians and roast marshmallows with other children who know what it feels like to have a parent in the military. [+]

Local | Access

Orion Online – May 01, 2007

Working to Build Bridges in Greater Cincinnati

Working to Build Bridges in Greater Cincinnati

By Betsy Townsend
Betsy Townsend of Leave No Child Inside – Greater Cincinnati describes her group’s efforts to form alliances with local organizations already involved in health and education. Thus far response to these efforts has been overwhelmingly positive.

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Local | Event

Standing-Room-Only Spells Success

Standing-Room-Only Spells Success

By Mary Roscoe
How did a team of six spread the word to draw a standing-room-only crowd of 800+ to the launch of their local Leave No Child Inside initiative? What can we borrow from their success as we reach out and engage our community on this issue? [+]

State

Bangor Daily News – August 01, 2007

State seeks to get more children outdoors

By Kevin Miller
Known as "Take It Outside," the program is aimed at helping children reconnect with the natural world. On Tuesday, Gov. John Baldacci was joined by two Olympic gold medal winners — 1984 medalist Joan Benoit-Samuelson and 2006 medalist Seth Wescott — in announcing the program during an event in Cape Elizabeth. [+]

National

The Grand Rapids Press – September 29, 2007

Network aims to reunite children with nature

By Myron Kukla
Julie Stoneman, executive director of the Grand Rapids-based Land Conservancy of West Michigan, said the ideas expressed by the Children in Nature Network fit with the conservancy's mission to preserve natural areas for public use. [+]

State

Orlando Sentinel – October 04, 2007

It’s time to hit the dusty trail in Polk

By Amy L. Edwards
A hiking program hopes to coax people off the couch and into the great outdoors. Polk County's Friends of the Parks foundation's new program will use geocaching, an international treasure-hunting game, to encourage children and those who are savvy about technology to visit Polk's paved and unpaved walking trails. [+]

National

The News & Observer Publishing Company – September 23, 2007

Show Kids Nature’s Wonders

Show Kids Nature’s Wonders

By Sarah Lindenfeld Hall
Environmentalists, nature educators, parents and teachers are participating in "Take a Child Outside Week," an inaugural event that is growing faster than its founder in Raleigh thought possible. More than 70 partners across North America have signed on for the week, which runs Monday Sept. 24th through Sunday the 30th, reports Liz Baird, director of school programs for the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences. "It's just taken off like hotcakes." [+]

National | Event

The News & Observer Publishing Company – September 20, 2007

The big, fun, scary outdoors

The big, fun, scary outdoors

By Joe Miller
In the 1970s, kids came home from school, dumped their book bags, made a beeline out the back door and weren't seen again until dark. Today, the amount of time spent being physical every day, according to a study out of the University of California, Berkeley, is about 19 minutes.

"It's a national concern," says Liz Baird, director of education for the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences and the inspiration behind Take A Child Outside Week, which runs Monday Sept 24th through the 30. The goal: Reconnect today's kids to the outdoors. [+]

National

Cox News Service – September 24, 2007

Take a Child Outside Week, Sept 24th - 30th

Take a Child Outside Week, Sept 24th - 30th

By ROBERT KELLY-GOSS
Once upon a time, children played outside. Not so much anymore and that's why a plan born in Raleigh at the North Carolina Museum of Natural History has become a nationwide push to reintroduce kids to the outdoors.
[Photo © Juan Pons]

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