Resources for Parents, Teachers, Leaders, Youth


For Parents For Teachers For Leaders For Youth

For Parents

Ideas and Inspiration The National Wildlife Federation has a terrific resource in Green Hour. The recommendation is for children to play in nature for an hour a day. Green Hour provides everything you need, if you want help. logo_green_hourhttp://www.greenhour.org/
Find Nearby Nature The Green Hour site also contains a handy directory of nearby nature, which you can search by ZIP code. nfheaderleft1http://www.greenhour.org/section/about/tools/naturefind/
Parent’s Guide to Nature Play Green Hearts, an organization affiliated with the national movement, presents 20 concise pages you can use to learn about what makes great nature play, why it is important, and how you can restore it to your children’s daily lives. Green Hearts logohttp://www.greenheartsinc.org/Parents__Guide.html
Central Ohio Organizations To learn more about groups involved in The Leave No Child Inside movement in Central Ohio, check out our alphabetical list of member organizations. Leave No Child Inside Central Ohio Logohttps://kidsandnature.org/blog/about/
Music for your Family Founder Jenny Morgan has recorded a CD of professionally produced music, some featuring local youth singers, that will get your family up, excited about nature, and ready to head outside! The music is called: Nature Needs Kids and Kids Need Nature. Nature Needs Kids and Kids Need Nature CD Coverhttp://www.natureneedskids.com
Summer Program The State of Ohio has a fabulous program called Explore the Outdoors. Complete activities in the Activity Guide to be eligible for prizes! explore photohttp://www.exploretheoutdoorsohio.com/
Summer Camps Summer camps help make your kids happier, healthier and smarter! Try a nature camp this year. Just a week can make for an affordable break for kids and parents! Search for camps here.

http://www.campparents.org/

Family Nature Clubs Families who love the outdoors can help other families have fun, too, by inviting a playgroup or a neighbor, or scheduling a monthly outing! Need help? Check out Family Nature Clubs Toolkit! http://www.childrenandnature.org/learn/research-resources/

NCFF_toolkit.pdf

Trails and Biking Central Ohio’s source for bicycling information (helmet laws, safe routes to school, and more) is Consider Biking. Also check out maps of pedestrian trails. cblogo2http://www.considerbiking.org/

 

For Teachers

Watch and/or Read We have a short video about integrating nature play into early education curriculum in a way that fulfills state requirements. We have a video about the finer points of attention, and how nature play increases the ability to pay attention in different ways, hone attention skills, and alleviate the symptoms of ADD and ADHD. Contact Alice Hohlfor information.Click here for Recommended Reading bookcover-homehttps://kidsandnature.org/blog/?page_id=12#reading
Music for Your Classroom Founder Jenny Morgan has recorded a CD of professionally produced music, some featuring local youth singers, that will get your students up, excited about nature, and ready to head outside!
The music is called: Nature Needs Kids and Kids Need Nature.
Nature Needs Kids and Kids Need Nature CD Coverhttp://www.natureneedskids.com/
Classroom Materials and Guidance The Environmental Education Council of Ohio is an expert on resources for you in your community. Curriculum, guides, and personal help are available. eecologo-copyhttp://www.eeco-online.org/
Speakers for training sessions We can also speak to groups of teachers, small groups, large groups, administrators, or parents. See below regarding our Speaker’s Bureau. group.jpghttps://kidsandnature.org/blog/?page_id=12#speakers
Information for parents or teacher meetings The Collaborative has access to statistics about “Nature Deficit Disorder” and about evidence that nature play and environmental education increases test scores across many subjects. We have this information in printed form, in a PowerPoint, and in other formats. To get the info from the source, click here. OR contact us for info. http://www.childrenandnature.org/research/

 

 

For Leaders

Hire our professional speakers! We have experience speaking to groups large and small. Live music and engaging multimedia are frequently included in our presentations.Click here for info. dsc07889.JPGhttps://kidsandnature.org/blog/?page_id=12#speakers
Join our Collaborative! Basic membership is free. You will be featured on our Web site, printed materials, and letterhead. Email Alice Hohl to join. Leave No Child Inside Central Ohio Logo
Partner on an Event! We host great events each year, and would love to work together with you on an event. Together we can broaden the audience and save on costs.Email us with your ideas. Firstlady
See what other areas are doing Check out movements in other cities and states, plus a national map. https://kidsandnature.org/blog/?page_id=12#others
Support Federal Legislation The No Child Left Inside Act is poised to become an important addition to the legislation that affects all schools. It would provide grants for Environmental Education. Learn more. Our Collaborative is working hard to convince our Senators and Representatives to support the Act. http://www.cbf.org/page.aspx?pid=1000

For Youth

Ideas and Inspiration The National Wildlife Federation has a terrific resource in Green Hour. The recommendation is for you to play, work or relax in nature for an hour a day. Green Hour provides everything you need, if you want help. logo_green_hourhttp://www.nwf.org/Get-Outside/Be-Out-There/Why-Be-Out-There/What-is-a-Green-Hour.aspx
Find Nearby Nature The Green Hour site also contains a handy directory of nearby nature, which you can search by ZIP code. nfheaderleft1http://www.greenhour.org/section/about/tools/naturefind/
Music for you Founder Jenny Morgan has recorded a CD of professionally produced music, some featuring local youth singers, that will get you up and ready to head outside! The music is called: Nature Needs Kids and Kids Need Nature. It’s available for download, too! Nature Needs Kids and Kids Need Nature CD Coverhttp://www.natureneedskids.com/
Summer Program The State of Ohio has a fun program called Explore the Outdoors. Complete activities in the Activity Guide to be eligible for prizes! explore photohttp://www.exploretheoutdoorsohio.com/
Summer Camps Summer camps help make you happier, healthier and smarter! Try a nature camp this year. Just a week can be an affordable break for kids and parents! Many strong friendships and amazing memories are created at summer camps each year.Search for camps here. http://www.campparents.org/
Join National Youth Leadership One of the most important challenges for this movement is to engage a new generation of “Natural Leaders” — teens, college students and other young people whose personal connection to nature comes from their experiences in the wild places in their own neighborhoods, woods, fields, arroyos, mountains and oceans.Check out Natural Leaders! http://www.childrenandnature.org/movement/naturalleaders/
Trails and Biking Could you bike to school? Or to your favorite places? Of course you can! It’s healthier, better for the Earth, and better for you and your neighborhood! Central Ohio’s source for bicycling information (helmet laws, safe routes to school, and more) is Consider Biking. Also check out maps of pedestrian trails. cblogo2http://www.considerbiking.org/

 

Speaker’s Bureau

Introducing the Leave No Child INSIDE Central Ohio Speaker’s Bureau!
If you would like to have a representative from the collaborative give a presentation (including the inspirational multimedia DVD) to your group, meeting, organization or conference, please contact us! We have a limited number of expert presenters who can speak in general about the concept of “Nature Deficit Disorder” and about what is happening in Central Ohio. Please email us for more information!

Also available:

Partner group Local Matters

Susan Weber brings 18 years of experience in the field of sustainable landscape design to her position as Director of Operations for Local Matters. Her passion is facilitating the planning, design, installation, and maintenance of collaborative outdoor community spaces, including experiential school sites and urban farm gardens. Her projects often include unique features, including indigenous plant communities and wildlife habitat, utilization of salvaged materials, artwork by local craftsmen, site-specific garden architecture, and a sense of ‘spirit of place’.
Susan is the mother of two sons, loves experimenting with vegan cooking, and is a partner in the Greener Grocer in the Historic North Market.
Cell: 614/402-1188 E-mail Susan

Books, articles and links about the Leave No Child Inside movement

The book that started the movement: Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature Deficit Disorder, by Richard Louv.

A comprehensive listing of articles and media coverage of the movement:
www.cnaturenet.org.

Statistics and research proving that nature and the outdoors makes children happier, healthier and smarter: Check the Research link at Children & Nature Network (The national network)

Learning with Nature Idea Book: Creating Nurturing Outdoor Spaces for Children (Field-tested principles for effective outdoor learning environments) 2007 Arbor Day Foundation ISBN: 978-0-9634657-0-2

Check out this blog on the Children and Nature movement.

 

What others are doing:

National map
Federal legislation

Ohio

Cincinnati
Cleveland
Northwest Ohio

Other states

Pennsylvania
New Hampshire
Connecticut
Maryland
California (via Sierra Club)
New Mexico (via Sierra Club)
Washington State (via Sierra Club)


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