We have a problem in this country. Our kids are spending more and more time inside looking at a screen instead of being outside, actively playing, exploring and learning. The statistics are alarming:

  • Children ages 6 to 11 spend 30 hours a week looking at a television or computer monitor.
  • A study shows that young people can identify 1000 corporate logos but fewer than 10 plants or animals native to their backyard.
  • There has been a 400% increase in childhood obesity since the 1960s.
  • A 2008 study by the The Outdoor Foundation showed that outdoor participation for children between the ages of 6 and 17 declined by more than 11 percent, with the greatest declines occurring between the ages of 6 and 12.

It is our responsibility as adults to see that this trend is reversed. Most of us had an outside childhood where we climbed trees, picked dandelions and followed ant trails. We interacted with nature and in the process we learned about and came to appreciate the natural world. We were active and healthy. Don't we want the same for the kids of today?

We know that:

  • Students who learn outside are more excited about learning and have higher academic achievement.
  • Children as young as five show a decrease in ADD symptoms when they were engaged with nature.
  • Students who learn outside want to spend more recreation time outdoors as well.

If you are a teacher, youth group leader, parent or anyone who is interested getting kids outside to learn about the natural world, Oklahoma Project WILD can help.


For more information about OK Project WILD please contact:

Lisa Anderson

Phone: (405) 990-1292


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