July 23, 2015

It’s ironic that time outside during the school day has been reduced to allow more time

for standardized test preparation when it’s that very time outdoors

that could create higher test scores.

Back to School: Back Outside!

Kevin Coyle, National Wildlife Federation Vice Pr...

As one scientist puts it, we can now assume that just as children need good nutrition

and adequate sleep, they may very well need contact with nature.

Last Child In the Woods

Richard Louv


Science is increasingly demonstrating that by not getting outdoors, kids are missing...



The Centers for Disease Control estimates that 17% of children in the United States are obese. From 1980 to 2008 the obesity rate TRIPLED for children.[i] In Washington 26% of people are obese or overweight. In Spokane County, 27% of our friends and neighbors are obe...

June 30, 2015

Decoding the human genome was impressive…But a child playing in the woods?

That simple, time-honored image is at once magical, and powerful, and inspiring.

Nature Play and Learning Places, Robin C. Moore


With the increasing focus on children’s education and health issues...

June 19, 2015

Due to budget cuts, my 5th grade class didn't get to go to outdoor school. To this day I feel like I missed out. At the time, my sadness was most likely fueled by jealousy. (Cue the "It's not fair! They got to go, why can't I?" discussion with my parents...)


But today,...


There are SO MANY reasons that we need parks. But the health and future wellbeing of children is chief among them. Lately there has been a small flood of articles and studies showing why being outdoors is so vital for kids. These studies are not just showing that exer...

November 5, 2014


"Decoding the human genome was impressive. The internet has 

been transformative. Big data are amazing. But a child playing in 

the woods? That simple, time-honored image is at once magical, 

and powerful, and inspiring."

Nature Play and Learning Places, Robin C. Moore


September 9, 2014

In his 2005 book, Last Child in the Woods, Richard Louv defined Nature Deficit Disorder - the


lack of nature education and outdoor exposure.


Studies are not just showing that exercise done outdoors is better for kids than indoors (though any is better than none!) but a...

September 9, 2014

Fall is a wonderful time in the parks.


Not only are the leaves changing, but the air is growing crisp and calls out for a quick run, walks with friends, or simply sitting on a bench with a warm cup of coffee.


But if you have more active pursuits in mind, don't forget a...

Start them young….Sesame Street has teamed up with the National Parks Foundation and the National Park Service to get kids excited about our national parks.





This is all the more important, coming at a time when th...

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