Magazine article Parks & Recreation

No Child Left Inside Victory

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

No Child Left Inside Victory

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Despite a turbulent political environment, NRPA secured a major victory with the passage of the No Child Left Inside legislation in the House of Representatives. During the 110th Congress, Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) introduced the No Child Left Inside Act (H.R. 3036), which would provide funding to expand or enhance environmental education. Throughout the legislation, "hands-on field experience" for students and teachers was cited as an important component to accomplishing the legislative intent of the bill.

NRPA staff and members embarked on an aggressive advocacy campaign highlighting the fact that local park and recreation agencies are uniquely positioned to assist in the expansion of environmental education curricula. It was noted that these agencies provide easy and safe accessibility to nature and the outdoors, provide a variety of unique learning opportunities, and offer trained and knowledgeable staff, thereby making them the most logical partners for schools.

On Sept. 18, our advocacy efforts paid off, as the House included two important amendments as it voted to pass the No Child Left Inside Act. The amendments, one offered by Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) to include municipalities as eligible entities for grants, and one offered by Rep. …

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