Get Wild, Child!

Celebrate National Wildlife Week March 15-21

02-10-2010 // Amanda Cooke
Girls and their dog outside

Already thinking about spring? Help celebrate the impending warmer months during this year’s National Wildlife Week, March 15-21!

It’s time to get our “inside kids” to take a walk on the wild side. Sponsored by National Wildlife Federation, National Wildlife Week encourages kids to unleash their wild child to learn, explore, discover and imagine, surrounded by a world of green.

This year’s fun theme is Be Out There At Home, School and Play. The weeklong celebration hopes to show kids how the outdoors can be a favorite play space.

The first National Wildlife Week observance took place more than 70 years ago. Times have changed since that era. We’ve been digitalized, glued to the screen, and have lost contact with nature.

The average child now spends as few as 30 minutes outside each day. Compare that to the astounding 7 hours and 38 minutes per day that kids are engaged with electronic media, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

“We’re raising a generation of indoor children who are missing out on the simple joys found in nature,” says Rebecca Garland, Executive Director of NWF’s Be Out There movement. “Our kids need to know why they call it the great outdoors.”

Visit www.nwf.org/wildlifeweek to learn more about National Wildlife Week. The site offers resources for kids, parents and educators, including an official Family Activity Passport with a week’s worth of local plant and animal wildlife watch lists and fun nature-themed games.

A part of National Wildlife Federation’s Be Out There movement, National Wildlife Week celebrates the development of happier, healthier kids with a lifelong appreciation of nature.

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