There is clear evidence that children benefit from spending time in nature.
Presenter: Jason Urroz, Director, Kids in Parks
From increased physical activity and brainwave functionality to reduced ADHD and depression, there is clear evidence that children benefit from spending time in nature. Over the past 6 years, the Kids in Parks program has formed a national network of trail locations that link public lands together in an effort to promote the health of our kids and our parks. The program’s self-guided TRACK Trails are designed to make hiking (and outdoor recreational activities) more attractive to kids and families in order to increase physical activity and connection to nature. Learn how the Kids in Parks program’s approach creates a successful solution to get our kids in parks, and how to use similar tactics on trails.
America’s incomparable system of national scenic, historic, and recreational trails is the perfect way to sustain your mental and physical health, while maintaining the social distancing that is required in these challenging times.
Every county in Washington State benefits from walkers, runners, bikers, and backpackers using our beautiful trail systems. Ninety percent of Washington residents participate in non-motorized recreation annually.
This report evaluates the economic, environmental, and social benefits of outdoor recreation activities associated with trails and their nexus with the economy of Washington.
A Literature Review Prepared By Sara Perrins and Dr. Gregory Bratman of the University of Washington for the Recreation and Conservation Office.