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OUTDOOR ADVENTURES for FAMILIES & EXTENDED FAMILIES

Aug 13, 2013 11:26 am | Dani Tinker

Kids are already curious and fascinated by the natural world. Growing up I was under the impression that I was the best bug catcher in the world. I spent hours out in the backyard collecting potato bugs and other crawlies. I had the opportunities and encouragement to be an avid explorer, and I suppose I just never stopped.Ranger Rick excites that natural explorer within kids. It encourages kids to stay…



Stories and Insights from Family Nature Club Leaders
Mar 20, 2012 04:44 pm | Harmony

The Returning of Light:

We often discuss the vast array of benefits that our children receive from regular time spent outdoors and in nature. What we routinely neglect to mention or focus on is how important it is for us, the parents/caregivers! Not just to provide positive role modeling, but to meet our physical and emotional needs, in order to be the happy and healthy people our kids need us to be.

This is true no matter where you live, but it…


Mar 20, 2012 12:44 am | Ron Swaisgood

Let’s get it out there first: I am a risk-taker. Not in the adrenaline junkie sense—I’m no skydiver—but I stray from the beaten path, sometimes quite far from any path. I’ve spent days tailing a transmitter-fitted rhino through the African bush, been four days from civilization in the Peruvian Amazon, and camped alone without sight of humanity for more than a week…before cell phones. But I’m a field biologist, and not the average American parent. But when my kids enter the equation,…




NEWS and UPDATES:

CLIF Kid® Launches 2nd Annual Backyard Game of the Year Contest With Richard Louv, Author & Outdoor Play Advocate
by ClifKid
Mar 20, 2012 07:27 pm
Contest reconnects kids with outdoor play.
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Advice for Congress this First Day of Spring: To improve Leadership, Go Outside
by Danny Heitman
Mar 20, 2012 11:19 am
Being outdoors this first day of spring should remind leaders of a calendar beyond the election cycle – and a web of connections that transcends party.
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Richard Louv and the New Nature Movement
by New Bedford Guide
Mar 20, 2012 08:36 am
Louv's 3/29 New Bedford, MA, talk sponsored by regional network of health care, educational, recreational, environmental groups.
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Sierra Club Announces Best Internship on Earth
by Sierra Club
Mar 19, 2012 11:24 am
Outdoor Youth Ambassador will travel with Sierra Club Mission Outdoors, video blog for Sierra Club, North Face.
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Nature-Deficit Disorder: A Sense of Place
by Michael Vincent McGinnis
Mar 15, 2012 12:53 pm
Sustainable and intimate relationship between human beings and natural world will require a serious commitment toward greater ecological awareness.
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The Outdoor Child: Doomed to Extinction?
by Tim Gill
Mar 15, 2012 12:39 pm
As "habitat" of chlldren shrinks, so do opportunities for outdoor play.
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American Camp Association, Scholastic Join to Support Explore 30 Reading Initiative
by American Camp Association
Mar 15, 2012 07:21 am
Program designed to keep children reading all summer.
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A View From the Cycle Path: Dutch Made Streets Safer for Bicyclists
by David Hembrow
Mar 14, 2012 10:58 am
Dutch infrastructure supports children's independent cycling from early age.
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Richard Louv to Speak at College of New Rochelle about Connecting Children with Nature
by The College of New Rochelle
Mar 14, 2012 10:49 am
Talk to take place Tues., April 10, at 7p.m.
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New Network Hopes to Get SouthCoast Residents Outdoors
by Anika Clark
Mar 13, 2012 12:11 pm
New MA network teams with local library to bring author Richard Louv to speak.
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Richard Louv to Speak in New Bedford, MA, March 29
by Lloyd Center for the Environment
Mar 13, 2012 11:57 am
Program to focus on diminishing human connection with nature and how people can work together toward that.
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Vacations that Connect Kids with Nature
by Colleen Lanin
Mar 13, 2012 09:22 am
Nature vacations help busy families heal nature-deficit, connect with wonder.
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