Kids need to spend time outdoors to develop a love of nature and respect for the environment, which is why we created the Outdoor Kids series. We're always looking for ideas from parents about ways to get your kids outdoors and exploring their environment. Send us an email at enviromompdx [at] gmail [dot] com with your suggestions. In the meantime, check out our Outdoor Kids archive as well as these excellent resources:
Children & Nature Network: A national movement connecting children and nature, inspired by Richard Louv's Last Child in the Woods.
Earth Partnership for Schools: Univ. of Wisconsin program that helps schools strengthen relationships between students and nature.
Green Hour: Ideas to give your kids 'one green hour a day'.
No Child Left Inside Act: A summary of efforts to legislate mandatory environmental education.
Parents Need to let their Kids out from House Arrest: San Francisco Chronicle about the Last Child in the Woods movement.
Getting Lost in the Great Outdoors: Washington Post article about how many adults worry nature is disappearing from children's lives.
Outdoor Dads: Portland, Oregon based Outdoor Dads wants kids and their folks to get out and hike! The group schedules 2-3 mile family friendly hikes once a month within the Portland Metro area.