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March 2017

NCI Executive Director in China

Later this month, Geoffrey Bishop, NCI Executive Director and Founder, will travel to China to support Montessori teachers, parents and students in their efforts to reengage curiosity in the outdoors, to support outdoor play and promote school gardening opportunities. Geoffrey will be working with Etonkids, a group of early childhood schools based in Beijing. He hopes that by sharing his experiences, the goals of Etonkids will be brought to fruition: to enhance and encourage more outdoor time and to invest in spaces that connect children back to the natural world.

Stone Ground

One of the main sources of human and animal sustenance comes from the grass family Gramineae. The wheat plant is one of the most well-known members of this family. It has been revered for thousands of years, having been cultivated before the recorded history of humans. Other grains include: amaranth, oats, rye, brown rice, quinoa, millet, sorghum, and corn.
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Exploring Plants

Students observe plant growth by watching a time-lapse video and by growing their own seeds. They identify the conditions seeds need to germinate and consider the role that fruits play in seed dispersal.They begin by sprouting bean seeds on moistened paper towels and making drawings and measurements of their growth.

Optometrists Warn Myopia For Screen-Addicted Children

Optometry Australia identified myopia was a 'looming epidemic', with young children needing glasses sooner due to an addiction to screen time. A decade ago, myopia presentations tended to peak in children when they hit puberty, but optometrists were now reporting significant rates of the condition in children as young as five.

Teenager On Track To Plant a Trillion Trees

Felix Finkbeiner is 19—and Plant-for-the-Planet, the environmental group he founded, together with the UN’s Billion Tree campaign, has planted more than 14 billion trees in more than 130 nations. The group has also pushed the planting goal upward to one trillion trees—150 for every person on the Earth.

In Chicago, the Difference a Park Makes

Chicago is at the forefront of a growing, big-city trend. It has been undertaking a major parks and open space program, upgrading neighborhood playgrounds and recreation centers, scooping up acres of disused land for new green areas and repurposing large swaths of formerly industrial waterfront.

NCI - Napa Valley CA

NCI - Napa Valley is just under an hour and a half from downtown San Francisco, and an easy drive from the surrounding towns. Our Napa Valley site sits in the mountains with ample woodlands, wetlands and open fields to explore. The property also features a river as well as a vineyard and farm.
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