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"It’s a promise, and a pledge... to help today’s children re-connect with the great outdoors, while building the next generation of environmentally conscious citizens."

 

arrow See Vermont State Parks Kid Friendly Hiking Trails (pdf 102 kb) for a list of good trails for families and links to download brochures with educational activities on the trails

arrow See more Outdoor Activities for Families from Vermont State Parks

arrow Vermont Outdoor Adventure Program (pdf 365 kb) helps kids and youth overcome challenges with outdoor activities and work

 

Vermont’s No Child Left Inside Initiative


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Venture Vermont 2009 Outdoor Challenge aims
to get more kids and families out to enjoy the outdoors 

Why is it important?

Never before in history have children been so out of touch with the natural world. For many reasons, children today spend a great deal of time indoors. Richard Louv, who compiled research and wrote Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, directly links the lack of nature in the lives of children, (he calls it nature-deficit) to some of the most disturbing trends, such as the rise of levels in obesity, attention disorders, and depression.

For example, here in Vermont:

The goals of the initiative are to:

What you can do:

All communities, organizations and agencies involved in health, education and outdoor recreation can collaborate by incorporating this message into your existing programs and spreading the word to the population at large. You can design activities or host events that meet the goals of the initiative and include Vermont’s No Child Left Inside (NCLI) logo, messages, and/or slogans on your organization’s notices for appropriate events and activities and post publicly.

A few ideas:

Partner organizations involved with the program include:

To obtain a copy of the NCLI logo and these NCLI messages, or learn more about the No Child Left Inside movement and initiatives through an NCLI e-mail distribution listing, contact Sherry Smecker Winnie at (802) 241-3690 or e-mail Sherry: sherry dot winnie < at sign > state period vt dot us.

arrow See Vermont State Parks Kid Friendly Hiking Trails (pdf 102 kb) for a list of good trails for families and links to download brochures with educational activities on the trails

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