National Recreation and Park Association - Helping Get 10 Million Kids Outdoors
National Recreation and Park Association is asking its members to sign on and support National Wildlife Federation’s three-year goal to get 10 million more kids outside, reconnecting with nature and reaping the many benefits to their health and happiness.
10 Million Kids Webinar
View the National Wildlife Federation and National Recreation and Parks Assocation recently recorded a webinar to introduce the 10 Million Kids goal and objective to the NRPA members. The webinar highlights include:
- Discussion of the research with Dr. Mark Fly (How much time and what activities are youth engaged in when outdoors)
- Highlight of events and opportunities which Parks and Recs can use to connect children in the outdoors
- Discuss on how various Park and Recreation system are utilizing NWF programs as part of the goal
- Much more including summary of discussion with online resource highlights
Reports and Resources
National Wildlife Federation has released various reports about the importance of children spending time outdoors and its effect on their overall well being, school readiness, performance at school and more.
Coming soon - Gardening with Families and Kids
Your Weather Report
Get the Dirt on Dirt
Green Time - Sleep Time
Garden for Wildlife Month Facebook Chat - We’re hosting our “Gardening With Kids—How To for Beginners” Facebook Chat on May 8th! We have great experts lined up to answer all of your burning questions. Check out our event page for more details!
Webinar Series for Gardeners (All webinars are from 7:00-8:30 pm Eastern Time Zone)
Getting Started: Gardening with Wildlife In Mind (May 8th) -
- Reviewing your garden and accessing your yard
- Providing the basics for wildlife and people - food, water, cover and places to raise young
Designing for beauty, food and wildlife (May 15th)
- Landscape ideas for shade, sun and part-shade gardens
- Combining food based garden and wildlife garden together
- Ideas for year-round beauty
Sustainable Gardening: Gardening Ideas for Improving your Garden (May 22nd)
- Climate smart gardening – what every gardener should consider
- Dealing with “pests” in a positive way
- Reduce, reuse and Compost – some ways to making in your yard for the planet
Gardening as Family Time: Exploring your garden with your children (May 29th)
Great American Backyard Campout, June 22, 2013
Kick-Off summer by hosting a campout at your Park or a Recreation facility for family to introduce them to camping. Register your campout events with NWF and recieve free ideas and materials to help make your day a success.
Special Campout Webinar
Ready to Camp – learn tips and trick to make your campout a success including fantastic recipes for breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner, activities and crafts to do including making a sit upon or flag for your campsite, learn songs (taught live) to sing around the campfire and learn basic safety considerations for a successful adventure. Sign up now! Space limited to first 250 people. This is a great webinar for Adults and Children alike
How Can I Participate?
1. Sign Up Your Agency or Organization
Register your agency or organization to participate. We’ll keep you informed on upcoming webinars for staff and volunteers, training opportunities, resources for leaders, and new information about the initiative as it unfolds.
2. Make Your Participation Count
Help us track progress towards this important goal. Starting in 2013, updates of the number of children will be requested quarterly and a report back form will be available in early 2013.
3. Get Kids (and Parents) Engaged!
Partner with NWF to start new--or grow existing--programs that get kids outside in nature. Here are some great ideas for programs, events and activities from NWF to get you started:
4. Spread the Word
As you are networking with fellow professionals, talking with leadership, working with other departments, invite them to join the cause.
Thank for supporting this important cause and contributing to getting 10 million kids from their indoor habitats back to the outdoors!