Commentary News


OpEd – October 01, 2007

No Child Left Behind in Science

By Pergams and Zaradic
Science has lost its priority in the American school system. Pergams and Zaradic propose a national solution to our low science diet -- rewrite the No Child Left Behind Act to include “hands-on” science and experience in nature.
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The Telegraph, UK – June 06, 2007

Let children learn by taking risks, says RoSPA

Let children learn by taking risks, says RoSPA

By Sarah Womack
"When children spend time in the great outdoors, getting muddy, getting wet, getting stung by nettles, they learn important lessons - what hurts, what is slippery, what you can trip over or fall from."
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Leadership

Orion Online – March 01, 2007

Orion Magazine features the Children & Nature Movement

Orion Magazine features the Children & Nature Movement

By Richard Louv
The movement to reconnect children to the natural world has arisen quickly, spontaneously, and across the usual social, political, and economic dividing lines. Read about this crucially important groundswell in the March-April 2007 issue of Orion. Then tell them what you think, and share what's happening in your school, neighborhood or town to get kids back to nature.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Children and Nature Workshop – June 27, 2007

On Mental Health: How a psychiatrist included nature in his child and adolescent practice

By Claude Arnett, M.D.
His clients, adolescents and young adults with serious mental and addictive disorders, are often stuck in demanding and constricting time schedules, receiving valuable counseling but still "just moving from one box, their homes, to another box, an office." Dr Arnette explained. He's making an active effort to change that scenario after reading Last Child in the Woods. "The book helped me realize that they needed to get out into open, natural spaces with blue sky, wind, water, plants and animals, and these experiences needed to be as timeless as possible." [+]

CBN – September 03, 2007

CBN News Features No Child Left Inside report

By Mark Martin and Kim Bonney
In this report, original broadcast July 24, 2007, CBN News examines the troubling gap between kids and nature.
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Toronto Star - Ontario, Canada – August 11, 2007

The rise of nature-deficit disorder

By Stephen Scharper
Toronto professor Stephen Scharper writes of his sense of loss upon hearing that the waters and woods that helped shape him in his youth were no longer there to help frame and contour the lives of our children. [+]

Seattle Times – September 02, 2007

The plan: No plan at all

By Danny Westneat
Journalist Danny Westneat joins what he describes as a "quiet uprising" in America; a minirebellion against the over-programming of kids. In his quest to reclaim his family and their ties with nature he opts out of organized sports, summer camps, and elaborate vacations plans to "just hang around." [+]

The San Francisco Chronicle – August 25, 2007

Life Lessons: Daughters and butterflies spread wings

By Susan DeMersseman
Psychologist and parent educator Susan DeMersseman discusses the need for children to see their relationship to the ever-changing natural environment and to see how they can be part of it in a positive way.
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Sacramento News & Review – June 14, 2007

OpEd By Amit Rana

By Amit Rana
Amit Rana, the Sierra Club's California youth education representative and coordinator of Building Bridges to the Outdoors, speaks out on SB 207, the California Leave No Child Inside Act, which would provide more outdoor education opportunities to California’s youth — especially at-risk kids.

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