Research show children of the current generation in America are growing up disconnected from nature. And June has now been proclaimed National Great Outdoors Month by President Obama. The National Wildlife Federation has a program called Green Hour: a parent’s place for nature, play and learning, with the idea that by “giving our children a Green Hour a day — a bit of time for unstructured play and interaction with the natural world– we can set them on the path toward physical, mental, and emotional well-being” The site offers ideas, activity suggestions (including option for weekly activity podcasts on the go), a community corner for exchange of ideas, a parents guide on how to engage kids with nature, and a green hour blog with lots of ideas, news and information. You can also connect with them on Flickr, facebook and twitter.
Promote this idea and great resource on your library web site or with your staff and perhaps offer some outdoor activities @ your library.