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TREES!!! Filmmaker wants your stories “I remember having a low-branched mulberry tree in our backyard as a child. We would throw sheets over its branches and it was instantly transformed into base camp for the neighborhood “archaeology dig” where we found shards of china that we were certain must have fallen off the wagons as […]

If you are reading this, odds are that you care deeply about children.  You probably have fond memories of playing outdoors as a child – exploring the neighborhood with friends, building forts and letting your imagination take you to exotic worlds.  You probably would like to see your children and grandchildren have the experiences that […]

A Joyous 2014

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Reflecting on the successes of the prior year is always a great way to start the new one.  Last year saw continued progress in the movement to reconnect children with nature – here, nationally and internationally.  We hope you will read full details in our 2013 Annual Report, but local highlights include the addition of […]

Nature Rocks!

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Savvy parents know that outdoor play makes kids happier, healthier and smarter, but sometimes struggle to find fresh activity ideas, especially in the winter.  If you are looking for inspiration, check out Nature Rocks!  The Nature Conservancy partnered with Disney, the Children & Nature Network and EcoAmerica to produce a resource that will inspire and […]

Leave No Child Inside – Greater Cincinnati was founded in order to educate the community that time spent in nature is essential to the physical, mental and emotional health of all children.  Because obesity is one of the most pressing issues facing the health community today (26% of children between the ages of 2-5 are […]

Research shows that spending time in nature makes kids happier, healthier and smarter. Reading is probably the single most important skill for achievement in school and success in life.  So, why not combine the two? The Children & Nature Network’s Where Nature Meets Story is a place for parents and educators to find fun, outdoor […]

Spring is here and that means families will be on the look-out for fun things to do in Greater Cincinnati.  For activities at area parks, nature centers and other outdoor venues, including your own home, check out these on-line resources: Green Umbrella:  A calendar of regional programs and events from hiking to green energy symposiums. […]

Looking for family fun this winter?  Green Umbrella will be expanding its website to include a Meet Me Outdoors calendar of events and programs in our region.  But, while that is getting underway, you can see a list of some of the activities going on in December, February and March here.  We can’t wait for […]

Looking for ideas on how to continue your family’s active, outdoor lifestyle throughout the winter? Greater Cincinnati abounds in opportunities to enjoy the outdoors all year around.  Join us on Wednesday, November 28 at the new REI Store in Rookwood Commons as Jonathan Swiger, Family Program Coordinator for the Cincinnati Nature Center, shares ideas for winter […]

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!  […]