The nature of childhood has changed. There’s not much nature in it!

American childhood has moved indoors during the last two decades, taking a mental and physical toll on today’s kids. The negative impact of decreased time outdoors includes a doubling of the childhood obesity rate, as well as declining creativity, concentration and social skills.  Additionally outdoor experiences are critical to developing attitudes and behaviors that protect the environment. People that participate in nature based outdoor activities, as children are more likely to have attitudes favorable toward the environment and engage in behaviors that are protective of the environment.

Why Get Kids Outside–NWF

Children and Nature Research Brief

52 Things to Do Outside Before You Grow Up helps children and families in the Elkhart County area find ideas and inspiration for getting outside!12493692_1503989713237404_9103482891059631576_o

The following groups are involved in this effort to get outside:
City of Elkhart Parks and Recreation Department

City of Nappanee Parks and Recreation Department

Elkhart County Parks and Recreation Department

Elkhart County Soil and Water Conservation District

Elkhart Environmental Center

ETHOS Science Center

Goshen Parks and Recreation

Inside Outside Michiana blog

Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College

Middlebury Parks and Recreation Department

Pumpkinvine Nature Trail

Wellfield Botanic Garden

Woodlawn Nature Center

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