On Oct. 9, the National Wildlife Federation announced its new goal to get 10 million kids outdoors over the next three years. “A generation ago, kids spent hours playing outside each day, now it’s down to minutes,” the NWF’s press release says. Fortunately for Maryland families, our state has a plethora of opportunities for families and children to reconnect with nature.
For Maryland parents, here are just a couple ideas for incorporating the Maryland outdoors into your family activities:
- Go camping: Maryland has many opportunities for family camping, from camping on the beach at Assateague to camping in the woods at Cedarville State Forest. Here are some tips for camping with kids.
- Take a Hike: Two nice trails in the area are the B&A Trail and C&O Canal
To achieve the 10 Million Kids Outdoors goal, National Wildlife Federation will work with the major influencers of children’s time. Through the organization’s efforts:
- Parents will gain the knowledge and tools they need to incorporate regular outdoor time into their children’s days,
- Schools will restore recess
- Park and recreation departments, and other child-serving institutions will foster outdoor play and learning,
- Local, state and national policy makers will recognize the integral role outdoor time plays in the health and well-being of our nation’s kids and the future of conservation in this country.
Visit the National Wildlife Federation’s website to learn more about its 10 Million Kids goal and for ideas on how you can help the children in your life reconnect with the great outdoors.
What are your kids’ favorite outdoor activities?