Magazine article Parks & Recreation

NRPA: Where the Kids Are Outdoors

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

NRPA: Where the Kids Are Outdoors

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Säjai Wise Kids(TM) Outdoors

It's a fact: Children today are spending less time outdoors engaged in spontaneous play. NRPA and the Säjai(TM) Foundation are partnering to reconnect kids with the natural environment. This exciting new program will have them exploring nature outside their door while it teaches them about the importance of eating right and being physically active. Each session engages kids in outdoor adventure missions guided by trained recreation staff, and is sure to get them excited about their natural surroundings.

For more information, visit www.nrpa.org/wisekids.

Teens Outside

Teens Outside is a program that introduces youth ages 11 -17 to outdoor recreation through sustained, season-long experiences in hiking, camping, climbing, biking, paddling, and other activities with the goal of fostering a new generation of outdoor enthusiasts. Through an NRPA partnership with the Outdoor Foundation, the program was piloted in 2007 with 20 park and recreation agencies across the country. By the end of the year, the Teens Outside program had succeeded in involving more than 3,560 teens and 250 mentors in outdoor experiences. …

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