Legislation

Columbus OH: Time to Vote for Art Bike Racks

April 9, 2014 kidsandnature LegislationLNCI EventsPhysical Activity

Dear Community Recreation Members, Some of you may recall hearing the exciting news last June that eight recreation facilities had been selected to participate in the City’s Pilot Public Art Bike Rack Program. The program was initiated by the Columbus Art Commission (CAC) in partnership with the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department (CRPD). The art […]

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Keys to Understanding State Level School Policies Webinar

January 20, 2014 kidsandnature Education/SchoolsLegislationStatewide

WEBINAR: Keys to Understanding State Level School Health Policies on January 30, 1-2 pm EDT   As leaders across the country seek to improve student health, there is a growing need for tools to help navigate the complex world of school health policy. Join us to learn more about how school health policy works, and to […]

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Homeowners Association bans playing in street

December 23, 2013 kidsandnature LegislationParentingParks and Land

LNCI member Traci Aquara, Program Administrator, Heart of Ohio RC&D, shared this link last week. We think you will be just as surprised as we were: http://www.abcactionnews.com/dpp/news/lakewood-ranch-new-rules-prohibit-children-from-playing-on-the-street

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Ohio and National News related to the movement

October 10, 2013 kidsandnature LegislationNationalParks and LandStatewide

LNCI member Mark Young, our liaison to the state and local parks and recreation scene, has the following to share: National Rec & Parks focused on LNCI At National Recreation and Parks Association’s 2013 Congress, there are some really good sessions focusing on kids and nature: #253 – Open Forum: Parks: The New Partners for […]

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Ohio legislation pending to make it easier for communities to access public school open spaces, tracks, etc.

October 1, 2013 kidsandnature Education/SchoolsLegislationParks and LandStatewide

Safe Places to Get Exercise  Aren’t Always Available in Every  Community–But They Could Be! We all need physical activity to be healthy. In fact, research shows that people who have parks or recreational facilities nearby get 38 percent more exercise than those who don’t have easy access. Unfortunately safe places to get physical activity aren’t […]

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Legislation update from our Ohio legislative liaison

May 7, 2013 kidsandnature Legislation

Recent discussions with Ohio’s congressional delegation indicated support support for the goals, but uncertainty about the passage of any legislation that involved additional government spending. Here is an update on federal legislation relevant to the children and nature movement: No Child Left Inside Act - Filed in 2009, the NCLI bill has been reintroduced in subsequent years up to 2012. The new 113th […]

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Update on LNCI-related federal legislation

April 7, 2012 kidsandnature FundingLegislationUncategorized

On March 28 parks and recreation 250 parks and recreation professionals and citizen advocates from across the country ascended on Capitol Hill to meet with U.S. Senators and Representatives to discuss issues important to the seniors, adults and children in our communities. The Ohio Parks and Recreation Association, an affiliate of the National Recreation and Park […]

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Safe Routes to School

February 9, 2012 kidsandnature Legislation

Reprinted from SRTS email: Double Your Impact—Act Now on Key Senate and House Transportation Votes  It’s time to ask every Senator and every Representative to save Safe Routes to School.   The current Senate transportation bill dilutes Safe Routes to School, walking and bicycling programs. It gives your state DOT the power to decide whether […]

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Federal legislation updates

March 19, 2011 kidsandnature LegislationNational

No Child Left Inside Act NRPA staff have met with Rep. Sarbanes (D-MD) staff and have learned that Rep. Sarbanes intends to introduce the bill in the 112th Congress. He is currently searching for a Republican co-sponsor. Rep. LoBiondo (R-NJ) was a co-sponsor of the bill in the 111th. NRPA staff met with his staff […]

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Support Environmental Education

March 16, 2011 kidsandnature FundingLegislationNational

Dear Colleagues, I am writing to request that your organization sign-on to two important letters to Congress in support of funding for environmental education at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). At a time when Congress is considering drastic reductions in federal spending, it is critical that we […]

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