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What’s Your Green Umbrella?
Have you wondered what the television ads for Green Umbrella are all about? Green Umbrella is an exciting new collaborative working to improve the economic vitality and quality of life in the region around Cincinnati by maximizing the collective impact of individuals and organizations dedicated to environmental sustainability. Leave No Child Inside – Greater Cincinnati is proud to participate in the Outdoor Recreation and Nature Awareness Team of Green Umbrella. The ORNA team brings together facility managers, marketing directors and nature educators to develop strategies to get more people to become aware and take advantage of the many outdoor recreational…
Find, Celebrate and Publicize outdoor events in April: Let’s G.O.!
Today’s children spend less time in nature than any generation in all of human history. April’s Let’s G.O.! (Get Outside) campaign is aimed at reversing that trend! Join in as people of all ages get outside to Play, Serve and Celebrate during the month of April. Let’s G.O.! (Get Outside) is the brainchild of Natural Leaders, the youth leadership section of the Children & Nature Network. In their words, “This is not just a call to action, it is a call for fun! Think of it as a party invitation, and the party location is all the green and living…
Cincinnati Nature Center’s New Nature PlayScape
Who said that kids don’t play outside in the winter in Cincinnati? A recent trip to the Cincinnati NatureCenter’s new Nature PlayScape revealed plenty of area children at play in this fabulous new project. Don’t know what a Nature PlayScape is? Think about playing WITH nature, not playing IN nature. Learn more about this exciting project and plan a visit soon! It’s fun for kids of all ages and an inspiration to anyone thinking of building a natural play area at home, at school, or any place else, for that matter!
Cincinnati in Top 100 Communities for Young People
Cincinnati has been identified as one of 2011's Top 100 Communities for Young People by America's Promise Alliance. The award is presented to communities who are successfully working to improve graduation rates. LNCIgc is actively involved in two of the programs cited in achieving that award: Cincinnati Public Schools Elementary Initiative, which includes Fifth Quarter for at-risk students, and the Safe Routes to School project.
Get Ready for April’s Let’s G.O. (Get Outside)! Month
2011 was the first year of Let’s G.O.!, which is a youth led initiative aimed at getting people all across the country outside to Play, Serve and Celebrate during the month of April. Plans are underway to make it bigger and better in 2012. Does your organization have an event or service project planned for April? Register it on the Children & Nature Network’s website to let people in your community know about it. The Ohio Leave No Child Inside Collaboratives will be working to promote Let’s G.O.! events throughout Ohio.
2011 Annual Report from Leave No Child Inside – Greater Cincinnati
2011 marked the fifth anniversary of Leave No Child Inside – Greater Cincinnati. We’ve come a long way since 2006! See our 2011 Annual Report for some of the highlights of last year. It is thrilling to see all of the good work happening as this message becomes a part of the culture of organizations throughout Greater Cincinnati.
PADDLEFEST KIDS OUTDOOR ADVENTURE EXPO
Now it its sixth year, the Kid’s Outdoor Adventure Expo was bigger and better than ever this year. In addition to serving as the conclusion to Cincinnati Public Schools’ Fifth Quarter program, the event provided over 4,000 area children with hands-on experiences designed to “spark their interest in the world of nature” and enhance academic performance. Read more and see photos here: http://www.ohioriverway.org/
Cincinnati Public Schools Fifth Quarter Program Includes EarthSmart Institute
Jim Shelton meets with fifth quarter planner and CPS parents In an innovative program designed to stem the loss of learning that takes place during the summer for many students, Cincinnati Public Schools offered a Fifth Quarter, targeting grades K-7 at thirteen* schools. The voluntary program included enrichment opportunities intended to close the achievement gap between low-income and more economically advantaged students. A recent Johns Hopkins University study found that 65 percent of the achievement gap between poor and more advantaged ninth-graders is due to unequal summer learning experiences during elementary school years. By the fifth grade, low-income children can…
Play Date for 50,000 in Central Park
News of the movement to get kids back outside seems to be everywhere these days, but this event in New York City is worthy of special mention! A coalition called Play for Tomorrow hosted a Giant Block Party, expecting to attract 10,000 people. To their surprise, 50,000 showed up to participate in games like I Spy and drawing on the sidewalk with chalk (hop scotch, perhaps!). Read about it here.
Richard Louv speaks to American Academy of Pediatrics
The American Academy of Pediatrics has invited Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, to speak at their national conference in October, 2010. This is evidence of the growing recognition of the critical role that nature plays in healthy childhood development. The AAP also recently published a paper, "Build with Recreation in Mind". An estimated 32% of American children are overweight, and physical inactivity contributes to this high prevalence of overweight. This policy statement highlights how the built environment of a community affects children's opportunities for physical activity. Read more...