Blog posts tagged Education

    Oakland Goes Outdoors: Expanding Youth Access to Nature

    Research has shown that youth who spend more time outdoors exhibit improved attentiveness, reduced school absenteeism, higher scores on standardized tests and better overall academic performance. Exposure to nature also fosters motor development, self-esteem, self-confidence, a sense of identity, and psychological resilience.

    Get Out! 7 People Doing Surprising Work in the Outdoors

    If you love the outdoors, you know what it’s like to get home from an excursion you just can’t shut up about. Maybe you’re itching to spread the word about the hike you just went on, or the wildlife photo you managed to grab, or that sweet fishing spot no one knows about (even if you refuse to share the exact location). Whatever it is, you want to shout about it from the mountaintops. Maybe you literally have!

    Growing the Nature Connection Capacity of Nonprofit Partners

    In May of 2016, Dr. Danette Glassy attended the Children & Nature Network (C&NN) International Conference in St. Paul, MN. As a pediatrician, she knew that time spent in nature was good for children’s health–and good for their parents, too. But she wasn’t sure how to incorporate it into her practice. At the C&NN conference, she was able to connect with other physicians, public health professionals, researchers and funders who helped her refine her ideas. She left St.

    All Kids Need Nature Play

    At Free Forest School, we believe all children need access to nature from an early age for healthy physical and emotional development. By making nature play a regular part of childhood, we nurture children’s love of nature and create the next generation of environmental stewards.

    Developing Changemakers through Environmental Education

    “Before I had the opportunity to travel to Olympic National Park, I had begun to feel discouraged about the impact I really could make in the world. Through NatureBridge, and in particular because of my educators, I gained the confidence to speak up about what I wanted to do with my life. By gaining a stronger relationship with nature and discovering a deeper part of myself, I now see the influence of my actions and the amount of power that I have in creating change.”

    Partnering for the Future

    We at National Park Trust (NPT) value the power of partnerships. It is through our partnerships that we extend our reach and achieve our mission: preserving parks today; creating park stewards for tomorrow. Together with our partners, we work with a single vision: that everyone, especially children from underserved communities, will have an American park experience.

    Join the Chorus: Uniting Voices for People and Nature

    If you’ve ever heard voices join in four-part harmony, you know that the beautiful, full sound produced is something special. A chorus of high and low voices joining together moves us to stop and listen, producing a sound more powerful than a solo voice, and richer than many voices singing in unison.

    Youth-focused Community and Citizen Science

    When do experiences with science lead young people to create change in their lives, landscapes, and communities? Consider this reflection from Rachel Anne Arias, a 12-year-old living in La Crescenta in Southern California:

    Authentic, Hands-On Environmental Science

    “As a teacher in an underserved school district, my students are faced with several challenges inside and outside of the four walls of my classroom. In fact, their zip code often limits their ability to achieve their goals, as they have not all had access to an equitable education. Despite the many challenges they face, I am looking to provide my students with the science education they deserve….