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Children and Nature Movement Directory
Children and Nature Network (http://www.childrenandnature.org/)
This web-based directory contains information on over 100 “…regional, national and international organizations and programs that are working to expand the children & nature movement” with the goal of connecting individuals with “grassroots campaigns, clubs, and people” in their region. The interface allows users to search by Country, State/Province, or Zip code, and provides contact information for each of the programs.
June Is Parks & Recreation Month
Canadian Parks and Recreation Association http://www.cpra.ca
This CPRA initiative raises awareness about the importance of recreation and the role it plays in the quality of life for all Canadians.
Nature Play: Rediscovering play in natural spaces
Alberta Recreation and Parks Association
Alberta Recreation and Parks Association
Interest in rejuvenating Nature Play opportunities for children is increasing, but our plugged-in culture struggles to support it. We all have a role to play in shifting this culture and creating spaces that foster Nature Play. Spaces where we can let children be children and learn how to play in nature again. This resource provides suggestions in the form of play cards that practitioners can use to get children outside.
WildED – Wilderness Education Program
BC Spaces for Nature (http://www.wilded.org/)
BC Spaces for Nature (http://www.wilded.org/)
“WildED delivers Nature Education Programs to grades 4 - 12 across the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley.... Parks and wilderness are essential to the Canadian persona. If our parks and wilderness legacy is truly to be recognized and passed on to future generations, this next generation of young people must understand the value of wild nature and why and how it needs to be cherished and preserved. WildED takes a unique and original approach to accomplish this, in particular: • The primary focus is reconnecting youth to wilderness and nature by providing experiential, hands-on programs • Our educators are professional certified teachers with wildlife and biology backgrounds who are experts in outdoor recreation leadership • Our advisory steering committee and teacher advisory group is made up of professional teachers, conservationists, business consultants, and outdoors people • We have alliances and work in collaboration with a broad base of outdoor enthusiasts, teachers, environmental educators, and outdoor schools • We provide mentorship and follow-up support to foster ongoing learning, action and leadership in youth”
Taking it Outside: Helping You Connect to Nature-Online Webinar
Canadian Parks and Recreation Association in parntership Presented in partnership with BC Recreation and Parks Association, Child and Nature Alliance of Canada, Educating Children Outside, and University of Victoria
Canadian Parks and Recreation Association
This webinar looks at benefits, and various aspects and ways of connecting children with nature, such as through advocacy, education, built environment, technology, and more. It also reviews two best practices case studies
Get to Know (Your Wild Neighbours) Best Practices
Canadian Wildlife Federation (http://www.cwf-fcf.org/)
Canadian Wildlife Federation (http://www.cwf-fcf.org/)
This program is described by its developers as “…an engaging collection of videos, lesson plans, activities and tips from artists, photographers, filmmakers, environmentalists, education, and students from across North America. The intersection of science, creative arts and 21st century media technologies creates powerful conduits for connecting young people with nature. We hope these resources will help you use art to connect your students with nature and develop more meaningful connections to local flora and fauna.”
Trails Challenge
East Bay Regional Park District (http://www.ebparks.org/)
East Bay Regional Park District (http://www.ebparks.org/)
“Sign up for this popular self-guided hiking program and enjoy your Regional Parks at the same time! Thanks to a special partnership between the East Bay Regional Park District, Kaiser Permanente and the Regional Parks Foundation this program is free to residents of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties and Kaiser Permanente Employees. The Trails Challenge program is a great way to stay active and keep up with your fitness goals. Best of all - participate on your own schedule, when it is convenient to you. “
Geocaching 101
Geocaching (http://www.geocaching.com/)
Geocaching (http://www.geocaching.com/)
Geocaching is a worldwide “…outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.” This activity has grown in popularity over the past decade, and is supported by Parks Canada who have published a guide to geocaching at: http://www.pc.gc.ca/docs/pc/guide/geocache/geocache1.aspx.
Activity Finder: Nature Play Western Australia
Nature Play Western Australia (http://www.natureplaywa.org.au/about)
Nature Play Western Australia (http://www.natureplaywa.org.au/about)
“The Nature Play WA site has heaps of ideas for activities and adventures – in your backyard, around your neighbourhood, and across Perth and Western Australia. The aim of Nature Play WA is to help parents help their children make the most of outdoor activities involving the bush, beach, and national and neighbourhood parks. Nature Play WA is devoted to helping West Australian children and their families connect with nature and help build stronger, healthier communities. “
WilderQuest
New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service (http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/)
New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service (http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/)
“WilderQuest is a program incorporating an online environment and in-nature experiences, developed by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service to encourage children and their families to spend time in nature. The WilderQuest website has an emphasis on helping Australian children become comfortable with and fascinated by nature. We hope that WilderQuest will inspire children to learn more about nature and Aboriginal and Indigenous Australian culture while having fun.”