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National Wildlife Federation Be Out There

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GP RED Talk at the 2012 Invitational Think Tank, July 2012, Denver, Colorado

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National Wildlife Federation Be Out There

  1. 1. National Wildlife Federation’s Be Out There™ Movement toGet Children Playing & Learning Outdoors
  2. 2. Americans spend less time outdoorstoday than ever in history.
  3. 3. The ChallengeHow much time do children ages 8 – 18 spend plugged into electronic media per day? • 2 hours and 21 minutes • 4 hours and 25 minutes • 7 hours and 38 minutes 7 hours and 38 minutes • 9 hours and 02 minutes
  4. 4. Obesity Overweight (% of pop.) (% of pop.)Colorado 18% 37% U.S. 24% 37% Obesity: By Body Mass Index 25 20 Nationwide 15 Median % Colorado 10 5 0 1988 1990 1992 1994 1996 1998 2000 2002 2004 YearsSource: BRFSS, 2007. (SCORP)
  5. 5. Physical Health  heart disease  high blood pressure  sleep disorders Physical Inactivity = Obesity  liver disease =  metabolic syndrome  high cholesterol  asthma  orthopedic and joint complications  mental health problems  eating disorders  type 2 diabetes
  6. 6. Mental Health + EmotionalWellbeing
  7. 7. Education
  8. 8. Reason for Not Spending % of Respondents More Time Outdoors (6-19 yrs. Old)More involved in indoor 38%sportsNeighborhood does not 25%have good accessDont have anyone to play 22%outdoors withNo transportation 21%It is not safe to play or do 13%sports outside Source: NSRE, IRIS, 2007-2009. N= 900.
  9. 9. Never in human history
  10. 10. The Impacts • Declining visitation at recreation sites • Hunting and fishing license sales are stagnant • Impacts to tourism, economy, and community • Declining sense of stewardship
  11. 11. Summer Vacation?
  12. 12. Ahhh SummerVacation
  13. 13. But I Don’tWant to Go Outside!
  14. 14. Be Out There Vision Keep families connected to the outdoors to raise healthier kids and inspire a life-long appreciation of wildlife and nature
  15. 15. Be Out There Goals 1. Policy 2. Parents 3. Programs PARTNERS
  16. 16. Statewide Action
  17. 17. More Policy Solutions• Restore Recess Campaign• Increase or protect Federal Funding for Agencies through Annual Appropriations Process• Pass the No Child Left Inside Act: Environmental Education at K-12 Level, State Environmental Literacy State Plans• Incorporate Time Outdoors into School Wellness Plans• Pass Other Authorizing Bills to Support Connecting Children with Nature
  18. 18. Be Out There State PolicyCampaign WA MT ME ND VT OR MN NH MA ID WI NY SD MI WY RI CT IA PA NJ NV NE OH DE IL IN UT CO WV MD VA CA KS MO KY NC TN AZ OK AR SC NM MS AL GA Policy Secured TX LA Active in FL Coalition AK Involved in NWF Regional Grassroots Office Movement HI
  19. 19. Helping Parents Be Out There
  20. 20. Educating andengaging newaudiences: PSAs
  21. 21. Educating andengaging newaudiences: PSAs
  22. 22. Educating andengaging newaudiences: PSAs
  23. 23. Expanding Social Media Outreach
  24. 24. Active Online Community
  25. 25. Online Resourceswww.beoutthere.orgwww.greenhour.org www.nwf.org/gardenforwildlife www.nwf.org/schoolyard/
  26. 26. Great American BackyardCampout Annual, nationwide effort to re-connect children and families to nature.
  27. 27. Helping Educators Be Out There
  28. 28. S nte r S it aE ub m e Natural Play Areas
  29. 29. Activities
  30. 30. National Wildlife Week Event
  31. 31. Expanding Local Resources www.nwf.org/NatureFindwww.nwf.org/wildlifewatch
  32. 32. Whole Communities -Part of the Solution Join the Movement: Julie Gustafson Senior Regional Education Manager National Wildlife Federation 303-441-5152 gustafson@nwf.org

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