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Outdoor Parent editor-in-chief: Andrea Koehle Jones


How protecting forests can safeguard us from future pandemics

Seeing the Forest for the Trees by Andrea Koehle Jones. (EcoParent Magazine, Spring 2021) Pandemics and Deforestation: Scientists warn the next deadly pandemic could be looming if we don’t take steps now to protect forests. Environmental journalist Andrea Koehle Jones investigates the connection between accelerating deforestation, biodiversity loss and pandemics. Pandemics like COVID-19 will happen more often if we…

Outdoor adventures with teens are worth the struggle

These days many children have less time and fewer opportunities to connect with nature. This is a real loss because research shows that contact with nature makes kids feel better about themselves. #Adventure is a state of mind and a short hike near your home can be an incredible adventure your family will never forget. The most important thing is to #getoutdoors, explore and have fun!

Let’s build outdoor classrooms and get more students outside

The ChariTree Foundation is helping create outdoor classrooms across Canada. A growing number of studies show that being outside reduces a student’s stress and anxiety levels. That’s especially important as children and teens are dealing with increased stress and anxiety brought on by the pandemic.  Schools across Canada and the world are shifting learning outdoors…


How protecting forests can safeguard us from future pandemics

Seeing the Forest for the Trees by Andrea Koehle Jones. (EcoParent Magazine, Spring 2021) Pandemics and Deforestation: Scientists warn the next deadly pandemic could be looming if we don’t take steps now to protect forests. Environmental journalist Andrea Koehle Jones investigates the connection between accelerating deforestation, biodiversity loss and pandemics. Pandemics like COVID-19 will happen more often if we…

Outdoor adventures with teens are worth the struggle

These days many children have less time and fewer opportunities to connect with nature. This is a real loss because research shows that contact with nature makes kids feel better about themselves. #Adventure is a state of mind and a short hike near your home can be an incredible adventure your family will never forget. The most important thing is to #getoutdoors, explore and have fun!

Let’s build outdoor classrooms and get more students outside

The ChariTree Foundation is helping create outdoor classrooms across Canada. A growing number of studies show that being outside reduces a student’s stress and anxiety levels. That’s especially important as children and teens are dealing with increased stress and anxiety brought on by the pandemic.  Schools across Canada and the world are shifting learning outdoors…