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Nurture Your Nature (Every Chance You Get)

by Nicole Dorsey Straff

As the largest source of open space lands in the country, our local parks play a critical role in the quality of life for all Americans, but especially for city children. Local park and recreation agencies serve an essential role in preserving natural resources, providing open space and cultivating a connection to nature and the outdoors that can last a lifetime.

“We know that when children spend time outdoors they are more active and their overall well-being improves,” says Barbara Tulipane, President and CEO of National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). “Our nation’s parks and recreation areas are not just a solution for better health, but the answer to inspiring a healthier generation of youth who appreciate and care for our open spaces.”

Research shows children are spending longer hours indoors using electronic media yet they spend mere minutes a day in unstructured outdoor play. This is affecting the health and well-being of children and is quickly causing a generation of kids who are becoming less healthy and who are disconnected from the natural world around them.

“There’s a reason they call it the Great Outdoors.”

This 10 Million Kids Outdoors goal encourages kids to get outdoors and explore, play, and learn outside  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 kids’ connection to nature.

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