This Saturday, Georgia Hosts its First-Ever Summit on Children and the Outdoors

State’s No Child Left Inside Coalition Leads Connecting to Nature Event

10-19-2010 // Na’Taki Osborne Jelks, NWF Manager of Education & Advocacy Programs
Na'Taki Osborne Jelks

Covington, Georgia is soon to be home to the state’s first-ever summit on connecting to nature.  This Saturday, the Georgia No Child Left Inside (GA NCLI) coalition offers an opportunity for members of the public to better understand and discuss the connection between youth detachment from the outdoors, lack of physical exercise and increased health risks.

As a dedicated member of GA NCLI, I’m looking forward to offering the summit’s closing remarks and recommendations.  Preceding me will be a series of addresses and panel discussions, as well as free, fun outdoor activities for local children and youth.

Saturday’s summit will discuss children’s health improvement via outdoor experiences, overcoming barriers to outdoor time, and engagement of Georgia’s families in personal—and policy—solutions.

The day will be headlined by Dr. Howard Frumkin, formerly of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and now Dean of the School of Public Health at the University of Washington and member of the Board of Directors of the Children & Nature Network. The agenda also includes other leading experts in the fields of health, education, youth development, and conservation. 

The summit is hosted by GA NCLI, in partnership with NWF’s Southeast Regional Center in Atlanta and the Georgia Wildlife Federation.

Experts, families, and members of the health, education, and transportation and faith communities will convene at the Alcovy Conservation Center along the Alcovy River. All youth participants will receive a special Discovery Backpack filled with aids to help them enjoy the outdoors after the summit!

If you’re in the Georgia area and would like to attend, registration is still open! Learn more at  This should be a great event!

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