Connecting People with Nature
Americans, especially children spend less time outdoors than any previous. Recent research shows that our nation’s children are suffering from too much time inside. If a child is raised with little or no connection to nature they miss out on the many health benefits of being in the outdoors. Nature is important to children’s development; intellectually, emotionally, socially, spiritually and physically.
USFWS biologist connecting students with nature on the Santa Clara River, Newhall, CA [Credit:USFWS]
Nature is good for you
Whether you are an educator, grandparent, parent or child, nature can be the inspiration to turn off the wired world and get outside. Connecting with nature, whether it is hiking, fishing, camping or simply playing outside, helps children develop positive attitudes and behaviors towards the environment. Children’s positive interactions with the environment can lead to a life-long interest in enjoying and preserving nature.
For more information
Michael Glenn, (805) 644-1766, ext. 328
USFWS biologists connecting youth with nature at the elephant seal rookery near San Simeon, CA [Credit:USFWS]
- The Connecting People with Nature Program may provide technical assistance and funding for memorable experiences in nature.
Connecting People with Nature Events
- Endangered species presentaions
- Schoolyard habitats
- Nature hikes
- Citizen science
- USFWS career presentations
- Phenology Program (integrates climate change education and citizen science into classroom and outdoor educational activities)