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More and more kids are using mobile devices. By 'digitizing the outdoors,' it may be possible to harness that trend and connect more people to nature. (flickr | gnta)

Digitizing the Outdoors: Can Gaming be the Gateway to Nature?

5/30/2012 // By Danielle Moodie-Mills

Children today are spending alarming amounts of their time indoors and in front of screens—7.5 hours per day on electronic devices. Research suggests that ADHD and other behavioral issues are lessened when children spend time in the outdoors. Most notably, Richard […] Read more >

(flickr | Jonf728)

Children and Nature: What We Know, What We Are Learning & What We Need To Do

5/10/2012 // By Guest Author

My colleagues and I here at Texas A&M University, along with researchers at the University of Tennessee and the National Forest Service, have been collaborating over the last few years to develop and conduct studies to increase our understanding of that relationship. Read more >

It's important for parents to instill a love of the outdoors early in their kids' lives (flickr | dmhergert)

Study: Many Young Kids’ Parents Don’t Take Them Outside

4/4/2012 // By Max Greenberg

It’s truly spring—though a bit too warm—when a kid’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of running around outside. Unfortunately, many young children may not be getting the chance, per a new study published online by the Archives of Pediatrics & […] Read more >

The author, her mother and her grandfather.

Back to Our Roots: Connecting to the Outdoors Connects Me to Family

3/7/2012 // By Danielle Moodie-Mills

The brisk chill of the early mornings in Washington, D.C. before the city becomes occupied by thousands of footprints, beeping horns, and the air is tainted with smoke and smog makes me reminisce about the breaking dawns of my childhood—mornings […] Read more >

Me frolicking with a monster, as depicted in a wall painting in Saskatoon, SK, Canada (Wikimedia Commons via flickr | Scott Woods-Fehr)

Study: Children’s Books Are No Longer Where the Wild Things Are

2/8/2012 // By Max Greenberg

As the former wolf-costumed star of a classic of the genre, I know a thing or two about children’s books and how they affect us. A big part of their job was to teach us about magical kismet and the […] Read more >

Is this the message Congress is sending to kids? (flickr | annshi)

House Transportation Bill Would Defund Programs to Help Kids Walk to School Safely

2/2/2012 // By Hillary Tipton

The House Transportation and Infrastructure committee released its transportation bill yesterday, and it’s already been billed “a march of horribles” that would strip funding from public transit, urban improvements for the safety of bikers and pedestrians, and would eliminate Safe […] Read more >

Glacier National Park in Montana (flickr | Meredith Rendall Photography)

National Parks Can Help Make America’s Kids Healthier…and That Helps Parks, Too.

1/27/2012 // By Max Greenberg

A lot happened at America’s Summit on National Parks, which met this week in the large, confusing Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington. Its purpose was plan for the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service in […] Read more >

Swallow Falls State Park in Garrett County, MD (flickr | cseeman)

Gov. O’Malley’s Proposed Maryland Budget Makes the Case for Connecting Kids to Nature

1/23/2012 // By Max Greenberg

My Terps are going through a rough patch, but there’s one area where Maryland has proven a great leader—its attention to kids’ outdoor activity and environmental literacy. Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley announced recently that nearly $23 million will go toward […] Read more >

Photo: Michael Devlin

Study: Kids in Green Neighborhoods Play Outside More

1/10/2012 // By Max Greenberg

Sometimes it takes academia a while to catch up with things we ‘know’ at a gut level. Case in point: a recent study published in the International Journal of Health Geographics, Tweeted along by childhood researcher and “play advocate” Tim […] Read more >

Children in mountains

Wilderness Therapy Uses Nature to Help People Heal

1/9/2012 // By Max Greenberg

Many of us have stories about taking  solace in nature’s simple beauty, but few realize just how crucial a lifeline it can be. Take the story of 24-year-old Gwen Miller of Lombard, IL, who suffered traumatic abuse as a child […] Read more >

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