The Conservation Foundation is a proud participant in the Leave No Child Inside Initiative with the goal of improving children’s health and fostering generations of children who care for and protect nature. Study after study is revealing that experiences in nature are vital to the healthy mental, emotional and physical development of children.
The Conservation Foundation’s education programs allow children to experience nature up close. By providing opportunities to explore natural habitats, children will be able to connect to the plants and animals that live in their area. Students who learn through hands-on outdoor lessons better retain and understand scientific concepts. Our hope is that these early experiences with nature will inspire them to become supporters and stewards of the environment as they grow into adults and become parents themselves.
In the June of 2009 the Illinois General Assembly passed the Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights as part of the Leave No Child Inside initiative aimed at creating a culture in which children are encouraged to connect with nature. The Conservation Foundation supports and adopts the Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights as a major function of our education programs.
Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights
Every child should have the opportunity to:
• Discover wilderness – prairies, dunes, forests, savannas, and wetlands.
• Camp under the stars
• Follow a trail
• Catch and release fish, frogs, and insects
• Climb a tree
• Explore nature in neighborhoods and cities
• Celebrate heritage
• Plant a flower
• Play in the mud or a stream
• Learn to swim
To learn more about Chicago Wilderness and Leave No Child Inside initiative go to www.kidsoutside.info