There has never been a time when being outdoors was more important to a child.

Parents and educators agree that kids need more time outdoors.

So what are you waiting for? Just tell your kid to play outside. 

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93% of US teachers express a desire

to take lessons outdoors more often.

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94% of parents would like schools to help their kids get outside and discover nature.

The truth is that parents today are facing a huge challenge. There is a paradigm shift going on in how our children socialize, learn and spend their free time. Screens have become omnipresent in a short period of time.

There are extremely powerful and pervasive forces working against us. Tech companies engineer games and apps to lure children in and get lost in a virtual world. Schools have prioritized a focus on ratings and standardized test scores over the benefits to the whole child, often eliminating recess or free play altogether.

As parents, of course, we share some of the blame, whether we are buying our kids smartphones so they don’t feel left out of social groups or packing our children’s schedules so they are not lagging in special skills or extracurriculars. We understand the feeling of panic you might have when you compare your child to their peers or realize your child is thousands of hours behind mastering a skill.

The result of where we are in modern culture is that our children are increasingly sedentary, unaware of the natural world and distracted. Today, kids spend an average of seven hours in front of a screen each day and less time outside than ever before. This trend has led to alarming obesity rates, rises in risks for non-communicable diseases such as type 2 diabetes, and declines in mental health.

Yet, at the same time, the solution to many of these problems is literally just outside the door... Nature.

Research continues to demonstrate that being active outdoors can help improve a child's physical state, learning and social development.

We’re committed to getting our own kids’ childhood back into nature and have read countless studies, news pieces, blog posts. We’ve screened every suggested activity with a “real life” filter taking into account busy schedules, competing screen time, the gargantuan effort it can take to get kids outside. The result, we hope, are information and activities that can fit into our modern-day family life, creating young naturalists along the way, or just sparking a curiosity for the natural world that will last a lifetime.

We created this site for parents, educators, and all caregivers of children to make it easier for all of us to raise kids the way nature intended— with an awareness of the natural world.  We hope you find it useful as you join us on our mission of reuniting children with nature.

Activity Finder

Our Activity Finder is designed to bring you tested, practical ideas to your family. Because chasing fireflies, making mud pies, and building forts are really the essential elements of childhood.

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Learning Center

Our ever-expanding Learning Center brings together key resources such as nature-based educator trainings and nature-based curriculum, to help get your kid's childhood back to Nature before it's too late.