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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.

Review

The Philadelphia Inquirer – June 27, 2007

An idea as dangerous as all outdoors

An idea as dangerous as all outdoors

By Karen Heller
“The Dangerous Book for Boys.” What is that about? This retro-edition book about any number of politically incorrect things boys can do as they play outdoors, from skinning a rabbit to waterproofing matches, celebrates an era of boyish innocence and inspires a newspaper columnist to consider the larger issue of nature-deficit disorder. [+]

Built Environment

Wild Zones – August 01, 2007

Introducing Wild Zones

By David Hawkins
David Hawkins, founding project manager of the Edible Schoolyard in Berkeley, Calif., discusses the concept of Wild Zones, places where kids can build shelters, dam creeks, make trails, and perform other active outdoors tasks. Wild Zones, he says, offer open-ended possibilities for play, creativity, socializing, and solitude. [+]

State | Access

The Tampa Tribune – September 19, 2006

Tampa advocate asks tough questions

By Kathy Baughman McLeod
Where do Tampa's children play outside in a natural, unmanicured setting? Where can Tampa's children build a treehouse or a fort, as you did when you were a kid? In what time slot can a child lie on the grass and watch the clouds float by? [+]

State

Denver Post – January 13, 2007

Battling a nature deficit in Colorado - The challenges of the outdoors yield real benefits

By Will Shafroth & John Par
Even people in a state like Colorado that boasts abundant natural attractions should focus more attention on getting kids outdoors. [+]

Education

Portland Press Herald – March 11, 2007

There’s more than one way to encourage nature-based learning

By Deirdre Fleming
"Building Strong Naturalist Communities," conference encourages nature-based learning in day-to-day living. [+]

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