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Urban Nature for Human Health and Well-being
posted Mar 27, 2019 12:12 PM by doutlaw

Urban Nature for Human Health and Well-Being, a new report by the USDA Forest Service’s National Urban Forestry Technology and Science Delivery Team, shares the most current research related to nature and public health, providing a resource to help natural resource professionals, health professionals, urban planners, architects, educators, and community groups effectively communicate the health benefits of nature to their constituents. The report provides an overview of the current research in five key areas: pollution and physical health, active living, mental health, stress reduction, and social health, cohesion, and resilience, and discusses issues of social equity and access to nature in urban environments.

Learn more at http://www.vibrantcitieslab.com/resources/urban-nature-for-human-health-and-well-being/


Kids in the Woods Expands Science, Nature Experiences for Middle School Kids
posted May 15, 2019 02:38 PM by doutlaw

The Kids in the Woods program at Westwood Middle School in Gainesville, Florida started in 2013 with one simple questions, 'How do we get kids outdoors and physically active?' For a group of local, state, and federal partners the answer was through science.

Learn more at /products/newsletters/leaves/leaves-bulletin/kids-in-the-woods-expands-science-nature-experiences-for-middle-school-kids/index_html


Young Scientists Find Nature in Their Own Backyards
posted May 31, 2018 03:19 AM by doutlaw

In this issue of Leaves of Change you will learn about a project that engages 6th grade students from Westwood Middle School in Gainesville, Florida, in outdoor science learning activities in the nearby Loblolly Woods Nature Park. Spurred on by a grant from the US Forest Service’s More Kids in the Woods initiative, the school project kicked off in the fall of 2013. Through this project, students are learning outdoors while also gaining first-hand experience with the scientific method—developing hypotheses, collecting data, doing analysis, and drawing conclusions. Some of the main objectives of the project are for students to become more aware and connected to their local environment and exposed to careers in science and natural resources, as well as increased teacher participation in providing outdoor learning experiences for students. Over three hundred sixth graders and three science teachers are participating in the project this year.

Click here to learn more about this project highlighted in our latest issue of Leaves of Change.
 

Learn more at http://www.urbanforestrysouth.org/products/leaves/young-scientisit-find-nature-in-their-own-backyards/index_html


Kids in the Woods blog
posted May 31, 2018 03:19 AM by doutlaw

Check out our new Kids in the Woods blog for updates on our project with Westwood Middle School, the University of Florida, Gainesville Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs, and Alachua County Environmental Protection Department. We will also be providing information about other actvities related to children and nature.

http://kidsinwoods-interfacesouth.org/

Learn more at http://kidsinwoods-interfacesouth.org/


Get 'em Outside video
posted May 31, 2018 03:19 AM by doutlaw

This video was developed by the NCLI Coalition to encourage increased environmental education opportunities at schools. The video celebraties environmental education and its impact on children's learning, health and leadership.

Learn more at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRR1feHqZPY


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