My friend Richard Louv has invited me to blog for the Children and Nature Network from time to time. It is an organization he helped found. Check out their mission statement:
Children and Nature Network was created to encourage and support the people and organizations working nationally and internationally to reconnect children with nature. The network provides a critical link between researchers and individuals, educators and organizations dedicated to children’s health and well-being. C&NN also promotes fundamental institutional change and provides resources for sharing information, strategic initiatives and success stories.
The C&NN news service and portal, childrenandnature.org, offers parents, youth, civic leaders, educators and health-care providers access to the latest news and research in this field as well as practical advice, including ways to apply new-found knowledge at home, at school, in work environments, and in the community. The network also engages a diverse community of institutes, organizations and industries by providing a forum for publishing and presenting research, reports and case studies on children’s health and nature, and related program-development strategies and support.
It’s a great place to read about what others are doing where kids and nature are concerned and to hear about some real success stories in connecting children and the outdoors. Check out the guest blog Rich asked me (and my Mom) to do here.