Explore, Enjoy and Protect the Planet

Tell Congress to support every kid getting outdoors!

Our children’s lives are out of balance. Kids today spend less time outdoors than any generation in history. The growing divide between kids and nature has dire consequences for the health of our children and our planet. Barriers to spending time in nature include proximity to green spaces, the cost of transportation, school budget cuts for field trips, busy schedules and more.

A newly introduced piece of legislation, the Every Kid Outdoors Act, would help break down some of these barriers by ensuring all fourth graders and their families have access to our nation’s public lands, waters, and shores. We’re calling on members of Congress to co-sponsor and pass the Every Kid Outdoors Act as a testimony to the health and wellness benefits of continuing to get kids outdoors, and to ensuring that most families can continue to enjoy America’s most awe-inspiring wild places for generations to come. 

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Please co-sponsor the Every Kid Outdoors Act (S. 1522 and HR 3186)
Our children’s lives are out of balance. Kids today spend less time outdoors than any generation in history. On average, America’s youth are plugged into electronics for the equivalent of a 40+ hour work week, while devoting just minutes a day to unstructured outdoor play. At the same time, nearly one in three children are overweight or obese, and we are seeing more and more kids develop what were once adult-onset only chronic diseases. Ensuring that all children have opportunities to get outdoors will improve their health and also support our economy in the long-run. America’s great outdoors drive an $887 billion economy, supporting more than seven million jobs across our nation. The outdoor recreation economy generates nearly $125 billion in tax revenue ($65.3 billion federally; $59.2 billion in state and local tax revenue); this federal tax revenue alone is enough to support more than six million critical jobs from firefighters to police officers to teachers. A small investment in our kids today will have lasting benefits to the health of our kids, our economy and our planet. Please join your colleagues in congress and become a cosponsor of the bipartisan Every Kid Outdoors Act (S.1522 and HR 3186) to give fourth graders and their families access to America’s public lands, waters, and shores.
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