Our children's lives are out of balance. Today, more than 80 percent of American families live in urban areas, and many lack easy access to safe outdoor spaces. Kids are spending more time than ever in front of screens instead of outside -- one study even found that young people are now spending more than 53 hours a week on electronic devices -- more than a full-time job!
In 2015, a national program to help get more kids active and outdoors was launched. This program, Every Kid in a Park, provides fourth graders and their families free entry into our nation’s public lands, including our National Parks. The program encourages young people to get outdoors and has inspired private investments to ensure low-income children have opportunities to visit our shared natural spaces. Unfortunately, as the Trump administration looks to cut federal programs, our kids’ connection with nature could be on the chopping block. We need to take action to prevent this valuable program from being discontinued before the end of the school year.
Call on Interior Secretary Zinke to commit to continuing the Every Kid in a Park program through 2019 and beyond!