Outdoor Play Benefits

“Kids, it’s time to get off the couch, turn off the PlayStation and get your hands dirty! Parents, it’s time to get your kids outside and get out of their way.

The goal is to give children more outdoor play time, fewer scheduled activities supervised by adults and less time with TV, video games, computers and other electronic media.”*

Nature is important to children’s development in every major way – intellectually, emotionally, socially, spiritually, and physically.

Encourage your kids to “Go Outside and Play!”

Kids need regular, unstructured outdoor play for healthy childhood development. Studies show that kids who play outside:

Are healthier physically and mentally.

Do better in school.

Have higher self-esteem

Have good self-discipline.

Feel more capable and confident.

Are good problem-solvers.

Are more cooperative with others.

Are more creative.

Feel connected to nature.

Are tomorrow’s conservation leaders.

“Children are healthier, happier, do better in school and are better citizens when they have the opportunity to connect with nature.” – Bill Rose, PhD President CEO, Kalamazoo Nature Center

* Quotes from article in Kalamazoo Gazette – September 25, 2008. By Margaret DeRitter. Click here to read the article.