Tuesday, October 21, 2008

'Get Outdoors, It's Yours'

A new campaign encourages minors, their parents and their teachers to spend more time exploring the natural world. "Get Outdoors, It's Yours" debuted last week in Baltimore during the National Recreation and Park Association Congress and Exposition.

A U.S. Department of the Interior press release cited Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne (above with pop group Jonas Brothers) and Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer:

"...there is a crisis in America in which our kids are increasingly disconnected from nature,” said Secretary Kempthorne. “We must get children off the couch and outdoors. We must get them to turn off the computers and televisions and turn on to the power of wild places and wild creatures to lift them up – to rejuvenate body, soul and spirit.”

“We want every child in America to experience the great outdoors, whether it is in a remote mountain wilderness or a city park,” said Secretary Schafer. “Children react positively to nature. Working together, the federal agencies can help families foster their curiosity about nature and develop a deeper appreciation of precious natural resources.”
Many details appear at the Get Outdoors, It's Yours website. Please spread the word!

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