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Apr 20
Green Schoolyard Success Contest Winners
Last month, the Leave No Child Inside Collaborative of Greater Cincinnati held a contest to collect success stories about how local schools are using their outdoor environments as a teaching tool.  Entries ranged from school gardens to field studies to playscapes, but all were amazing examples of the effective use of outdoor spaces.  Using criteria such as student involvement, enthusiasm and variety of learning opportunities, we have selected two winners:  the Academy of Multilingual Immersion Studies (AMIS), a Cincinnati Public Schools magnet school located near Roselawn, and Cincinnati Country Day School in Indian Hill. AMIS has embraced the garden beds…
Jul 5
Big idea comes to life at Hughes High School
5 Jul, 2018. 0 Comments. Community, K-12 Education. Posted By: lncigc
Big ideas and big support can create big change for schools. Starting with the initial vision of a single teacher and bolstered by a donation from the YMCA, Hughes High School and the McMillan Community Garden have developed a successful outdoor learning center. The garden provides hands-on learning opportunities ranging from STEM offerings to sustainability and nutrition. Science classes, intercessions, Career Tech Pathways, after-school clubs and summer programs have all taken advantage of the space, which has grown continuously since its inception.  It is currently outfitted with 21 community plots, 5 contour beds, over a dozen fruit trees, a compost…
Aug 14
About our new look!
14 Aug, 2017. 0 Comments. News. Posted By: lncigc
You may have noticed that we have a new brand!  Our new logo has a more sophisticated look to communicate the importance of our message.  Although we loved the playfulness of the original logo, our mission is a serious one that affects the health and well-being of today's children.  In addition to the physical benefits, we now know that spending time in nature is beneficial for children's mental health.  With pediatricians reporting stress levels in children at shockingly high rates, it's important for everyone who influences the ability of children to access nature to know that spending time in nature…
Aug 7
Evanston gets new “nature in the neighborhood”!
7 Aug, 2017. 0 Comments. Community, News. Posted By: lncigc
          Every child deserves to play, learn and grow with nature in their everyday lives, and now the children of Evanston will be able to do just that at the new naturescape at the Evanston Recreation Center (ERC).  Conceived nearly three years ago when Leave No Child Inside partnered with the Evanston Community Council to request that the City of Cincinnati purchase a vacant lot adjacent to the ERC for a new natural play area, the idea was embraced by the Cincinnati Recreation Commission as an ideal way to honor the memory of Wayne Lurix, a…
Aug 7
Great news in the movement to reconnect children with nature
7 Aug, 2017. 0 Comments. National News, News, Uncategorized. Posted By: lncigc
  The Children & Nature Network (C&NN) just released its impressive 2016 Annual Report on the progress that has been made in its ten years of building a movement to reconnect children with nature. C&NN was founded in response to a call to action from Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder. Published in 2005, the book brought attention to the fact that today’s children spend less time in nature than any generation in human history, and it is having a negative impact on their physical, mental, emotional health. The book also…
Dec 14
Raise awareness at your school or office
14 Dec, 2016. 0 Comments. Early Education, Health. Posted By: lncigc
The Children & Nature Network infographics are great tools to inform people about why it is so important for today's children experience the natural world in their everyday lives.  Developed in partnership with the National League of Cities' Institute for Youth, Education & Families, the latest infographic "Nature Can Improve Health and Wellbeing" would make a great poster for your school or office.  You can download it here - it's free!  
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