Connecting Children and Nature – March 27

Want to learn more about how to connect children with nature? The North Carolina Children and Nature Coalition (NCCAN!) is THE organization. Check out their website for information, programs, and ideas. Better yet, make plans to attend their annual conference on Mach 27 at the NC Zoo in Asheboro (see below). For ore information, contact NC Chapter Outings Chair Kelly Mieszkalsk or Charlotte Inner City Outings Chair Karan Barber.


Here is information on the annual conference:

2014 Conference: Save the Date: March 27, 2014
Location: NC Zoo Asheboro, NC
SAVE THE DATE: March 27!

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Join us for the 7th Annual North Carolina Children and Nature (NCCAN!) Conference. We are expecting this year’s conference to be something wonderful, we will return to where we began at the NC Zoo! In addition to the conference, attendees will get a preview of the New Kids Zone and other Zoo new exhibits that promote connections to nature. Hear from exciting speakers on topics related to early childhood development, education, health and wellness, teens and millennials, community action and the green industry. Share your thoughts and ideas and hear from others in our posters sessions, exhibit hall and our joint “shout out” session.
Come and have some fun networking with others from across the state and country, learn more about the children and nature movement in North Carolina and how NCCAN! serves as the regional contact for the national movement, and spend some time at the zoo, outdoors, and networking with some new friends. Collaboration and communication is the key!
Registration information coming soon!


Here’s an interesting article from Backpacker magazine. How about these climbers! Enjoy!

The Lanza Kids (Michael Lanza/The Big Outside)

The Lanza Kids (Michael Lanza/The Big Outside)

10 Steps to Raising Kids Who Love the Outdoors

You want your kiddos to enjoy the outdoors – camping, hiking, biking, etc. – as much as you do. Northwest editor Michael Lanzas has 10 tips on how to accomplish that – and have fun along the way.

Northwest Editor Michael Lanza spent a year with his family, including kids Nate (then 9) and Alex (then 7), exploring the outdoors while writing his book, Before They’re Gone—A Family’s Year-Long Quest to Explore America’s Most Endangered National Parks (excerpted here). On his blog, The Big Outside, in addition to gear reviews and travel photo slideshows, Mike further chronicles his family adventures including his 10 tips for raising outdoor-loving kids:

To read about the Lanza family’s latest adventure in the outdoors check out “Norway: Home of the Giants” from BACKPACKER’s Adventure Travel issue.

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