Speaker Series: Richard Louv
Last Child in the Woods:
Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder
Op-Ed: The great outdoors awaits — make a date with your children
- GPB Weekend Edition: The Science of Why Kids Need Nature
- Additional News Coverage of Interest
Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation
An affiliated fund of The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, AFYF makes grants to improve youth fitness and reduce childhood obesity in Georgia. AFYF focuses on five high-need neighborhoods designated as Falcons Fitness Zones, with grant partners reaching 10,000 kids across 55 program sites. In all, during the 2009-10 school year, Falcons Fitness Zone kids will burn off more than 44,000 pounds of body fat – or more than 515,000 cheeseburgers
Atlanta Taskforce on Play
PlayAtlanta.org is a project of the Atlanta Taskforce on Play (ATOP). ATOP was founded in 2007 to apply to KaBOOM!’s Playful City USA competition on behalf of the City of Atlanta. Working closely with the City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, ATOP was successful and Atlanta became one of the 31 Founding Playful Cities and went on to win first prize in the PCUSA video grant competition. Check out ATOP’s winning video.
Children and Nature Network
The Network supports people and organizations looking to reconnect children to nature. Download the Network’s “action guide” to learn how to organize families in your community.
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
CHOA’s My Family Health Spot provides free family health tools, a guide to healthy eating, recipes and games, experiments and movies just for kids. There is information for parents, teens and younger kids.
Emory School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
The Emory Department of Pediatrics is committed to the delivery of compassionate care to our patients and families, the education of future leaders in pediatrics and the search for scientific discoveries that will improve the lives of children.
The Georgia Forestry Commission operates three Educational Forests throughout the State: Bartram Forest in Milledgeville, to schedule a visit, please call the Milledgeville District Office at 478-445-5164; Spirit Creek Forest in Augusta, to schedule a program, please call 706-790-2351; Hightower Forest near Gainesville, to schedule a program, please call 706-216-6073.
As an organization concerned with the health of all Georgians and our environment, the Georgia Conservancy has for over 40 years been committed to helping citizens learn how to become better stewards of our state’s natural resources. To learn more about ensuring a safe, healthy, natural environment for all current and future generations visit www.georgiaconservancy.org.
Get Outdoors Georgia
An initiative of GA’s Department of Natural Resources, Get Outdoors Georgia can connect you to dozens of programs and activities around the state. You’ll find everything from prowling for owls at Panola Mountain State Park to climbing the staircase inside Tallulah Gorge to Astronomy Night viewings at Providence Canyon. The state’s 63 parks and historic sites, as well as at wildlife management and public fishing areas, offer opportunities for hiking, paddling, camping, fishing, picnicking, biking, wildlife watching and much more. The public facilities are affordable and family friendly.
Since 2007, Green Hour has provided parents and caregivers with the inspiration and tools they need to make outdoor time a priority. Now, as part of Be Out There, we will continue to provide the outdoor activities, crafts, and games that have been so popular, as well as add new features for you and your family.
Mothers and Others for Clean Air
Healthy outdoor exploration and play requires healthy air! Every summer, metro Atlanta and a growing number of mid-sized Georgia cities experience “smog alert” days when it may be unsafe for kids to play outside. To learn how to protect your child and to help build a clean air future for Georgia (no more “bad air” days!), go to: www.mothersandothersforcleanair.org.
Mountain Sky Guest Ranch Fund
The Fund seeks creative nonprofit efforts to improve youth development in Park and Gallatin (Montana) counties. The Fund is especially interested in programs that empower youth through the challenges of physical activity and outdoor adventure, including innovations that make use of the natural resources in Paradise Valley. The Fund is especially interested in innovations that involve youth in service projects as part of this work.
NFL PLAY 60
The National Football League is working with national and local partners to help kids find ways to be physically active 60 minutes every day. The PLAY 60 online resources include videos, workout guides and social networking tools. Parents and teachers can find resources here, http://www.nflrush.com/play60/parents.
Georgia Forestry Commission Rangers are available to assist in Outdoor Classrooms at your child’s school. Please contact your school directly to request an Outdoor Classroom event.
Outward Bound, founded in 1941 by educator Kurt Hahn, is a non-profit educational organization that serves people of all ages and backgrounds through challenging learning expeditions that focus on character development, leadership and service. Outward Bound inspires self-discovery and helps individuals and teams achieve their potential and develop the leadership skills needed to serve others in their community and care for the world around them. Outward Bound serves 70,000 students annually and has a nationwide community of more than 1 million people.
Piedmont Park Conservancy
Piedmont Park Conservancy is excited to offer a brand-new, diverse series of informal environmental education. EnviroVentures Programs bring participants closer to the great outdoors in Piedmont Park, Atlanta’s premier park, while learning about nature, building community, and creating future park and environmental stewards. EnviroVentures Programs is truly an interactive learning environment that inspires a greater appreciate of the world around us.
Park Pride’s Annual Parks & Greenspace Conference— Monday, March 22
at the Atlanta Botanical Garden
8am-5pm; Register at: http://parkpride.kintera.org/2010Conference
More details at: http://www.parkpride.org/get-involved/events/conference
The Conference features presenters from New York, Seattle, Chattanooga, Houston, Washington, Charlotte & Jacksonville to showcase best practices in parks and community engagement. Each year the Conference attracts hundreds of attendees from Atlanta and surrounding cities. Conference highlights include the morning plenary session “From Red Fields to Green Fields: the macro economics of transforming $3 billion of under-performing commercial real estate into parkland,” the Luncheon Keynote “From Brown to Green to Gold: Chattanooga’s Success, Atlanta BeltLine’s Promise,” and four distinct concurrent session tracks—Design, Build, Manage & Community.
Infrastructure Tour— Saturday, March 20 —9am-4pm (half-day options available)
$40; full day includes lunch; Register at: http://parkpride.kintera.org/2010Conference
Visit Atlanta parks that, in addition to providing active and passive recreational opportunities, meet vital needs like flood control, sewage treatment, reservoir storage and transportation. The tour will feature BellwoodQuarryReservoir & ClaytonCounty’s NewmanWetlandsCenter. Participants have the option of a full day tour (including lunch) or participating just in the morning or afternoon.
Space limited to first 40 registered!
Community Garden Tour— Sunday, March 21 —12:30pm-4:30pm
$25; Register at: http://parkpride.kintera.org/2010Conference
This tour highlights metro Atlanta’s cutting edge efforts that encourage community gardening in parks. The City of Atlanta allows communities to build and run their own community gardens in parks. The City of Suwannee has built Harvest Farm at Suwannee's WhiteStreetPark—a seven-acre park dedicated to community gardens and urban agriculture. Led by tour guides Eva Bradley, Walt Ray and Farmer D, tour participants will visit four of Atlanta's best community gardens.
Detailed Garden Tour itinerary
Space limited to first 40 registered!
PlayableKids is a chance for kids through the age of 12 to draw pictures of how they like to play. The pros will take it from there. Playable Kids is the first phase of Playable 2010 International Design Competition because kids know what is fun. We want to get their ideas together and make sure the grownups really listen. You see, we don't want to end up with some really cool designs that grownups like to look at and praise, if, at the end of the day, kids think they are lame.
Project Learning Tree
This award-winning environmental education program is designed for teachers and other educators working with students in pre-K through grade 12. It uses the forest as a "window" into natural and built environments, helping people gain an awareness and knowledge of the world around them, as well as their place within it. Since its introduction in the early 1970s, PLT has been recognized as one of the premier environmental education programs in the world. Through hands-on, interdisciplinary activities, PLT provides students with opportunities to investigate environmental issues and encourages them to make informed, responsible decisions. For more information, go to www.plt.org.
The Association for the Study of Play
The American Association for the Child’s Right to Play
The 36th Annual International Conference of The Association for the Study of Play and the 25th Anniversary Conference of The American Association for the Child’s Right to Play will be held jointly, March 10-13, 2010, in Atlanta, at the campus of Georgia State University. Visit the organizations' web sites for more information. Keynote speakers include Dr. Stuart Brown, founder of The National Institute for Play, and Joe Frost from the University of Texas. Register online: www.regonline.com/play_conference_urban_play.