September 21, 2015

The Surgeon General recently released a call to action - Step it Up! - encouraging everyone to walk more. 


"Walking is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to build up physical activity in your life.”

-U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek H. Murthy



Dr. Murthy specific...

September 14, 2015

Today is PARKing Day - which started in 2005 as a grassroots effort to reclaim some cement and bring in a bit of green...even if only for a day. 


We've had a few organizations take this day on in Spokane, and we at the Parks Foundation were bound and determined to do s...

August 6, 2015

This is a terrific article on the role that parks play in public health - from the standpoint of a health administrator. This article provides an amazing overview of the backbone of what the Spokane Parks Foundation is working towards - a stronger, healthier community.


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...

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...

February 2, 2015

I’ve been meaning to post a link to this site for quite some time.


The real reason that I work for the Spokane Parks Foundation is not that I love parks (though I do!). It’s really that I love this community and want to support its growth and improvement. I worked for...

January 26, 2015

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 obese...

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