Central Ohio offers CDC-provided healthy schools workshop!December 6, 2012
Welcome New Member: Family Nature SummitsDecember 12, 2012
Parks and recreation agencies are uniquely equipped with expertise, access, programs and resources to make a significant contribution toward reversing this disturbing trend and achieving the 10 Million Kids Outdoors goal. As the largest source of open space lands in the country, parks play a critical role in the quality of life for all Americans, but especially our nation’s children.
The 10 Million Kids Outdoors goal encourages kids to get outdoors and explore, play, and learn for 90 minutes per week. This outdoor time excludes time spent outdoors in organized sports, which while beneficial, does not provide children the same benefits as outdoor play in green spaces. By increasing outdoor time to 90 minutes per week, NRPA and NWF believe it will contribute to a significant increase in children’s connection to nature due in part to more time spent outdoors.
It only takes 5 minutes to sign up for this important initiative! NRPA is calling on all park and recreation professionals and agencies to pledge their support for the 10 Million Kids Outdoors goal by signing up onlineto participate in the effort. NRPA and NWF are also calling on other child-serving organizations and all parents to join in this effort by committing to getting their kids to spend more time each week in outdoor activities.
To help achieve the 10 Million Kids Outdoors goal NRPA, with the support of NWF, will bolster park and recreation agencies’ capabilities to connect children to nature and help them increase awareness of the benefits of connecting children to nature through local parks by providing a suite of resources and materials specifically for parks and recreation to utilize in this effort.