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Adrienne Day

2 November 2018

United States

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Whether they have access to an excess of land or a spare rooftop on their building in the middle of a cramped city, schools across the United States are making efforts to incorporate more green space into their proper...

Durango Herald

Mary Shinn

5 October 2018

Durango, Colorado, United States

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A high school in Colorado is focusing efforts on combatting the recent increases in adolescent suicide rates. Known as Project Basecamp, the curriculum is "designed to prevent mental crisis, encourage students to advo...

The Diplomat

Didem Tali

10 September 2018

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

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A Mongolian man named Ulziitogtork transformed a former granite mine that was filled with rubbish into a park/community center for children that sits on top of an artificial lake. Children used to play in the mine, wh...

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Deena Prichep

3 September 2018

Oregon, United States

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Organizations like Let Grow are partnering with elementary schools and providing parents with lesson plans and resources to inspire independent and self-directed play in students - giving "families the information the...

Durango Herald

Danika Worthington

13 August 2018

Boulder, Colorado, United States

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With a shortage of women pursuing careers within the sciences, a program based out of University of Colorado, Boulder is looking to tip the scales. Implemented by two female graduate students, Girls of Rock is open to...

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Morgan Tilton

6 August 2018

Colorado, United States

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Western State Colorado University is launching the first Outdoor Industry MBA program in order to meet a growing need for industry leaders versed in sustainability best practices. Courses range from "Sustainable Outdo...

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Lauren Alix Brown

5 June 2018

Shaker Heights, Ohio, United States

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A school in Ohio runs a program called Adventure Girls in order to teach adolescent girls resilience and creative problem-solving skills. The curriculum is borne out of research designed to build resilience, and it cr...

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Virginia Gewin

15 May 2018

United States

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A lack of diversity in the environment and conservation sector has been well calculated, documented and established, but the story doesn't end there. Many groups across the U.S are looking to not just recruit a more ...

Christian Science Monitor

Sara Schonhardt

1 May 2018

Guatemala

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In various parts of the world, women's voices often aren't heard when it comes to ways to mitigate against climate change, despite their intimate experiences with it. Women in Guatemala are fighting agains this roadbl...

The Atlantic

Conor Williams

26 April 2018

Owings Mills, Maryland, United States

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Across America, preschools that incorporate outdoor activities into their instruction are on the rise. It is believed that moving out of a classroom and into nature can help children creatively learn, build skills at ...

Christian Science Monitor

Amanda Paulson

16 February 2018

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Those living in low-income neighborhoods and classified as economically disadvantaged are less likely to have the opportunity to spend time in the outdoors. A series of initiatives throughout the state of Colorado aim...

Public Radio International

Deepa Fernandes

23 January 2018

Galápagos, Ecuador

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Tortoises as well as other species native to Ecuador’s Galápagos Islands are facing increasingly critical threats due to climate change. Thanks to a program that is embedded in the Galapagos school system, however, hi...

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Jack Graham

2 January 2018

Denmark

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In Denmark, one in ten preschools are held outdoors. First started in the 1950s, "forest kindergartens" improve students' concentration, social skills, and creativity, according to advocates. Skeptics have voiced safe...

High Country News

Sarah Gilman

26 June 2017

Colorado, United States

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Colorado is home to 54 fourteeners – mountains that rise to 14,000 feet high or higher and serve as popular routes for many avid hikers despite not having designed trails. To keep hikers safe while also preserving pla...

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Sarah Gilman

20 December 2016

Alaska, United States

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When Alaska's largest Tlingit village faced a future without forests after years of clearcutting efforts, community members, organizations and corporations alike came together to look for solutions. After years of eff...

Scientific American

Alexis Marie Adams

21 November 2016

Patagonia, Arizona, United States

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Threatened wildlife co-exists with poverty stricken communities who inhabit the Arizona-Mexico border region. Borderlands Restoration's conservation scientists are hoping to alleviate poverty while repairing the local...

The Atlantic

Timothy D. Walker

15 September 2016

Finland

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Some European schools have long championed free play in the woods as a way to combat the increasingly mainstream idea of "nature-deficit disorder." In Finland, enthusiastic teachers dedicate all of Friday to outdoor "...

Next City

Jen Kinney

9 September 2016

Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

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Collaborations between artists and scientists can lead to unique, engaging, and educational programming highlighting important issues. In Indianapolis, the StreamLines collaboration highlighted issues related to city ...

Outside

Brian Mockenhaupt

7 September 2016

Eugene, Oregon, United States

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The United States' incarcerated population makes up roughly 25% of the world's prisoners, but many are serving short terms and will be released back into society only to be asked to rebuild their life with little to n...

NBC News

Safia Samee Ali

7 August 2016

United States

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As the National Park Service celebrates its 100th Anniversary, employees and rangers are turning their attention towards maximizing diversity and increasing a culture of inclusiveness amongst park visitors and employe...

Citizen Matters

Kate Clark

29 July 2016

Bengaluru, India

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Many neighbourhoods in Bengaluru suffer from significant pollution, creating an environment conducive to pests and an overall higher likelihood of continued littering. The organization Whitfield Rising conducts 'spot-...

The Atlantic

Deborah Fallows

1 June 2016

Ajo, Arizona, United States

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Ajo, Arizona is home to a growing collective, collaboration of local agriculture and food-based initiatives. The small town coordinates actors from schools, restaurants, the farmers’ market, local gardens, and communi...

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Benjamin Michel

30 March 2016

Oakland, California, United States

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In Oakland, California, a group of elementary and middle school-aged kids have banded together to ride bikes together as a way to stay out of trouble. Although the practice has a positive influence on the kid's physic...

NPR

Shereen Marisol Meraji

12 July 2015

Oakland, California, United States

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In 2009, a woman in Oakland, California realized that there was a lack of African Americans in the outdoors. Tired of being the "only one," she created an online social space via blogging and Facebook called Outdoor A...

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