Children and Nature 2008: A Report on the Movement to Reconnect Children to the Natural World

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As part of our ongoing efforts to build the movement, the Children & Nature Network has published this resource for leaders, organizers, and participants at the local, national, and international levels. This report on the movement to reconnect children and nature has been developed to serve as a tool for those who care deeply about the importance of reconnecting children with nature.

The document begins with a "Brief History of the Movement," demonstrating how much momentum has been achieved and continues to grow-particularly since 2005, with the publication and response to Richard Louv's seventh book, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder.

"The Importance of Children in Nature" makes the case for the many positive benefits to children from frequent experiences in the out-of-doors as a part of children's everyday lives-fostering healthy, happy, smart, and well-adjusted children. Indicators of the deficit-and the need for building a movement to reconnect children and nature-are also provided.

"The Movement: Now and in the Future" addresses the direction of the movement, and the barriers to it, including the fear of stranger-danger and other exaggerated risks.

"Building New Initiatives through More Effective Communications" addresses the motivating interests and dominating values of many parents, including the concepts that will likely be most effective in reaching them in order to encourage them to open the doors for their children to play in the out-of-doors.

"Ideas for the Future" and "A Coming International Movement" are both precursors to changes on the horizon-with inspiration, vision, and a call to action.

The Children & Nature Network (C&NN) was created to encourage and support the people and organizations working to reconnect children with nature. C&NN provides access to the latest news and research in the field and a peer-to-peer network of researchers and individuals, educators and organizations dedicated to children's health and well-being.

The Children & Nature Network (C&NN)
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Outdoor Recreation
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Early Childhood
Grades Pre K-12
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All Minnesota
Outside Minnesota
44 pp.
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