Thursday, April 29, 2010

leave no child inside: Ten Must-Have Outdoor Childhood Experiences

In today's fast-paced and connected world, our children sadly spend most of their time indoors, parked in front of the television or a computer rather than playing outside. Recent studies have noted that children spend more than 44 hours per week on plugged-in activities and that kids can identify up to 1,000 corporate logos, but fewer than 10 plants or animals native to their backyards.

Make it your goal this spring and summer to take advantage of the beautiful weather and help your children check off each must-have outdoor experience on the official Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights.

1. Discover wilderness -- prairies, dunes, forests, savannas, and wetlands

2. Camp under the stars

3. Follow a trail

4. Catch and release fish, frogs, and insects

5. Climb a tree

6. Explore nature in neighborhoods and cities

7. Celebrate heritage

8. Plant a flower

9. Play in the mud or a stream

10. Learn to swim

Read the rest of this article that I wrote for Chicago HERE.
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