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.
This paper outlines ways to achieve two key goals: First, to create career paths for young people; and secondly, to improve the U.S.’ ability to counter, and adapt to climate change, especially in communities that have suffered from environmental injustices.
This updated Rails-with-Trails: Lessons Learned report documents how the state of the practice, perspectives, and context for rails-with-trails have evolved since 2002 and includes updated effective practices.
The Beerline Trail Neighborhood Development Project was created to ensure the next phases of trail development serve the needs of the community.
Understanding Federal Funding for Natural Surface Trails