Pledge to Take Kids Outside
Despite the clear benefits of nature
experiences, children in the United States
today spend much less time in nature than
previous generations. That’s because
Americans face more barriers – from safety
concerns to limited access to the outdoors –
that prevent them from involving their children
in nature activities.
Children who enjoy meaningful nature
experiences are more likely to prefer spending
time outdoors, show concern about environmental
issues, and express interest in studying the
environment. However, research shows that
children must develop a respect and care for
nature during their early years, or they risk
never developing these interests.
School systems cannot provide the answer.
Today’s students spend 87% of their time at
school indoors, and more than 40% of U.S.
schools no longer provide time for recess. In
fact, today’s children spend more than 7
hours a day in front of media devices –
television, computers, video games, and smart
phones – and just 30 minutes per week on
The good news is that getting kids out into
nature is incredibly easy. You don’t need
expensive outdoor equipment or access to acres
of wilderness. Kids can experience nature
almost anywhere – from a neighborhood park to
your own backyard. And activities can be really
simple – flip over a log to
investigate what’s living under it, watch
bees and butterflies flit among flowers, or
listen to bird songs. All you need is a
commitment to taking the kids in your life
outside and into nature.
Take the pledge now and join over 40,000
members of the Izaak Walton League in
committing to teaching the children in your
life that nature is a friendly, safe
environment to play in and
Izaak Walton League of America
707 Conservation Lane ·
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
(301) 548-0150 (main) · email@example.com
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