Washington, DC (May 1, 2008)- The National Wildlife Federation has recently released a report about getting kids outside to play. The report, titled “Connecting Today’s Kids with Nature: A Policy Action Plan,” is quite timely report as summer approaches. Most adult Americans associate summer vacation with vigorous outdoor activity, but research indicates that many children are actually gaining weight during the summer. This guide outlines policy solutions for parents and policymakers, including connecting kids to nature through environmental education, advocating for better community design for natural play areas, and encouraging parents and kids to engage in a daily Green Hour.
Find out more about the nature deficit problem, signing the petition asking the U.S. Surgeon General to promote the benefits of outdoor time for all Americans, getting environmental education back in our classrooms, and how you can get involved at home by clicking on the links below.
Connecting Today’s Kids with Nature: A Policy Action Plan
National Wildlife Federation- Reversing Nature Deficit
Children and Nature Network
National Recreation and Parks Association