Whether you are a parent or grandparent, a teacher or politician, or just a concerned citizen, you can give a child the gift of outdoor play.
The Outdoors Alliance for Kids (OAK) is a national strategic partnership of 100+ organizations from diverse sectors with a common interest in connecting children, youth and families with the outdoors.
Ten Ideas that will Help Connect Children with Nature
- Limit screen time! The average American child spends 7 hours a day plugged into electronic media. The AAP recommends no more than two hours a day, and none for children under the age of two.
- Give kids ideas for outdoor activities to get them started, but be careful not to hover. They will derive the greatest benefit from self-directed, creative play.
- Make sure that your own backyard is child-friendly.
- Take a child to the park, nature center or zoo.
- Send a child to camp.
- Understand the problem and talk about it with others – family, friends, teachers, neighbors, church and co-workers.
- Encourage a school, pre-school or church to build a nature playscape, school garden or outdoor classroom, then volunteer and/or help fund that effort.
- Make others aware of the resources available on our website.
- Advocate – be a voice for the right of a child to play in a healthy environment.
- Support parks, nature enters, camps and other organization that are connecting children with nature by volunteering and donating.