Outdoors Alliance for Kids: Our recommendations for America’s Great Outdoors

Coalition sets priorities for White House 21st century conservation agenda

08-16-2010 // Amanda Cooke

This summer, a diverse group of leading businesses and non-profits came together to advance policies and initiatives aimed at reconnecting children and their families to nature.  The Outdoors Alliance for Kids (OAK), formed in June, has released recommendations for the America’s Great Outdoors (AGO) presidential initiative.  To read the full recommendations, view the .pdf in our Media Center.

To learn more about AGO, visit www.nwf.org/greatoutdoors.

OAK recommends four broad principles for the America’s Great Outdoors initiative:
  • Connect health initiatives to recreation and unstructured outdoor play
  • Create policies and further conduct research to help build the next generation of conservationists
  • Engage diverse audiences in great outdoors experiences
  • Engage youth and parents to learn more about the barriers that prevent a connection to nature

The Moving Outdoors in Nature Act (MONA) is expected to be introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives this fall.  MONA will help get America’s kids moving outside, enjoying fresh air and on a path to better health and a stronger appreciation for the natural world.  This legislation will connect children, youth and families with nature through natural play areas, outdoor recreation programs, public health initiatives, outdoor learning environments, service learning and other initiatives. 

Increase the number of safe and accessible green spaces, particularly in low-income communities with significant health disparities, by eliminating park, playground and natural space deserts where they exist, providing adequate funding mechanisms for outdoor infrastructure, increasing safety in parks, creating safe routes to the parks, playgrounds and natural spaces, including better connecting green spaces with public transportation routes, sidewalks and bike paths.

The Outdoors Alliance for Kids is a national strategic partnership of organizations from diverse sectors with the common interest in expanding the number and quality of opportunities for children, youth and families to connect with the outdoors. Visit www.outdoorsallianceforkids.org to learn more about the coalition, and to find resources and events.

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