New book on reconnecting with the outdoors

Birthright, People and Nature in the Modern World by Stephen Kellert is available for pre-order now through Yale University Press. His book delves into the complex relationship between human well-being and the natural world. The pages contain both scientific findings and personal experiences to provide a rounded perspective on this complex issue. Kellert also addresses how we as individuals can restore the balance by making conscious decisions about how we raise our children, educate ourselves, use land and resources, and conduct our lives.

  • "Play Time" exhibition at the Toledo Museum of Art - May 22 to September 6 - The contemporary art show Play Time poses a serious question about a seemingly unserious topic: Is play—the spontaneous, unstructured time found to foster creativity and problem-solving skills—strictly for kids?

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  • Play Day at Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville Texas - August 2 - Play Coalition member Diana H. Cortez-Castro and her pre-service teachers from University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley will be promoting diversity and children's right to play!

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  • Sacramento Play Summit - September 12 - The 3rd annual Sacramento Play Summit, presented by Fairytale Town, the Sacramento Public Library and ScholarShare Speaks, aims to highlight the importance of play, the many types of play, ways to incorporate play into daily and school life, and more.

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  • International Walk to School Day 2015 - October 7 - International Walk to School Day 2015 will fall on Wednesday, October 7th. Communities and schools are using Walk to School Day as the first step to change community culture and to create options for getting around that are more inviting for everyone, both young and old.