Legislation/Policy News

National | Education

The San Francisco Examiner – July 17, 2007

U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes proposes bill to integrate environmental education into NCLB

U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes proposes bill to integrate environmental education into NCLB

By Carolyn Peirce
Building Bridges to the Outdoors will be holding its second year of weeklong Environmental Leadership trainings this week in conjunction with the Sierra Student Coalition (SSC). The leadership training program introduces, inspires and educates youth, especially under-represented minorities, about the significant and contemporary environmental issues facing their local communities. [+]


Sacramento Bee – September 17, 2007

Plan touts ‘no child left inside’

By M.S. Enkoji
California Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights urges kids to discover nature. Governors in at least 10 states, including California, have undertaken initiatives to promote what is billed in some states as "No Child Left Inside." The efforts vary from free entry to state parks for foster families in Connecticut to the nation's first collaboration between schools and state parks in New Mexico. [+]


Charleston Gazette – May 26, 2007

Agencies and organizations testify before Congress at “No Child Left Inside” hearing

By Dawn Miller
Speaking to two subcommittees of the House Committee on Natural Resources, panelists urged Congress to take action. Charleston Gazette staff writer Dawn Miller covers the story In Defense of Play. [+] [PDF]


The Morning News – August 01, 2007

Beebe: Arkansas should be leader in environmental education

By John Lyon
Arkansas youngsters are within easy reach of nature wherever they are -- streams and lakes and rivers and hiking trails and outdoor opportunities. "Arkansas can and should be a leader -- it's our motto, the Natural State -- to encourage our young people to be able to get out and enjoy the outdoors," said Gov. Mike Beebe, speaking at a teachers' workshop on environmental education. [+]


PRNewswire-USNewswire – March 20, 2007

Pennsylvania Governor Appoints Nature Task Force

By Barry Ciccocioppo
Gov. Edward Rendell of Pennsylvania has appointed a task force to organize and coordinate a series of public meetings that will explore ways of helping people connect with nature. The announcement came at the close of the Governor's Outdoor Conference in March. [+]

State | Education

Albuquerque Journal – March 30, 2007

Leave No N.M. Child Inside

By Michael Casaus
The New Mexico Outdoor Classroom Initiative— the first of its kind in the nation— is an effort to increase outdoor education across the state utilizing state parks, federal public lands, ranches, nature centers and other locations. [+]


the San Francisco Chronicle – February 25, 2007

At-Risk Youths Might Get Back to Nature

By Tom Stienstra
If a proposal becomes law, California State Parks would create a new program to connect at-risk urban youths with nature. [+]

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