There has never been a time when being outdoors was more important to a child.
93% of US teachers express a desire
to take lessons outdoors more often.
94% of parents would like schools to help their kids get outside and discover nature.
So what are you waiting for? Just tell your kid to play outside.
The truth is that parents today are facing a huge challenge. There is a paradigm shift going on in how our children socialize, learn and spend their free time. Screens have become omnipresent in a short period of time.
There are extremely powerful and pervasive forces working against us. Tech companies engineer games and apps to lure children in, akin to a child predator in a van offering candy. Schools have prioritized a focus on ratings and standardized tests scores over the benefits to the whole child, sometimes eliminating recess or free play altogether.
As parents, we share some of the blame, whether we are buying our kids iphones so they don’t feel left out or packing our children’s schedules so they are not lagging in special skills or extracurriculars. We understand the feeling of panic you might have when you compare your child to their peers or realize your child is thousands of hours behind mastering a skill.
Our children are increasingly sedentary, unaware of the natural world and distracted. Today, kids spend an average of seven hours in front of a screen each day and less time outside than ever before. This trend has led to alarming obesity rates, rises in risks for non-communicable diseases such as type 2 diabetes and declines in mental health.
Yet, at the same time, the solution to many of these problems is literally just outside the door...Nature.
Research continues to demonstrate that being active outdoors can help improve a child's physical state, learning and social development.
This site was created by parents simply to make it easier for all of us to raise our kids the way nature intended. With an awareness of the natural world, more balanced, calmer and with all of our senses.
We’re committed to getting our own kids’ childhood back into nature and have read countless studies, news pieces, blog posts. We’ve screened every suggested activity with a “real life” filter taking into account busy schedules, competing screen time, the gargantuan effort it can take to get kids outside.
We ever-expanding Learning Center compiles the best and most current research, tips and resources to help you get your kid's childhood back to Nature before it's too late.
Our Activity Finder is designed to bring you tested, practical ideas to your family. Because chasing fireflies, making mud pies, and building forts are really the essential elements of childhood.