Nature Rocks Program Encourages Families To Get Outside

Between iPhones, XBox 360s, and whatever Justin Bieber is supposed to be, kids have a plethora of things vying for their limited attention.

With school back in session, Nature Rocks and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have partnered up to provide way for parents and teachers to help kids experience nature and reconnect with the natural areas that are quickly disappearing as the population grows.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is only the latest national organization to join Nature Rocks, founded by Children & Nature Network and ecoAmerica. Other partners include The Nature Conservancy, REI, the American Camp Association and the American Heart Association.

Together Nature Rocks and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will work to:

  • Get families outdoors and integrate play and exploration in nature into daily routines
  • Facilitate the incorporation of nature activities into family life
  • Build support for healthy ecosystems by demonstrating that nature is important to family well-being, and children’s health, happiness and success in school
  • Introduce families to new nature destinations and programs, such as the refuges associated with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The two organizations kicked off their partnership with Nature Rocks Day on September 25, where families were invited to spend a day at one of the Fish and Wildlife Service refuges or other participating locations across the country. The event, which happened to occur on National Public Lands Day is part of the larger celebration of Take a Child Outside Week (Sept. 24-30).

In this digital age, it’s easy to see that the well-designed Nature Rocks website will be one of the most utilized tools for accomplishing the organization’s mission.

The homepage includes tools to find nature-themed activities or events in your area, natural areas in your zip code, and a way to send invitations to friends so that they can enjoy nature with you.

Now that you’re inspired to get back to nature…what are you waiting for?! Go enjoy the sunshine, rain, and fresh air that’s waiting just outside your front door!

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Katherine B.
Katherine B7 years ago

Every day!

Nuke P.
Nuke P7 years ago

great idea, thanks for sharing

Mervi R.
Mervi R7 years ago

Thanks for the info.

Carly P.
Carly Pierson7 years ago

During the school year, it can be really hard for teens to get outside, expecially if they're involved in a sport or after school program. For example, you go to school, go do your sport, (where you may or may not be outside, or if you're doing orchestra or theater, or something, you're probably not going to be outside,) and after that, you go home, eat dinner, and do homework until your eyelids start to droop. Are there any solutions to this?

Erin H.
Erin H7 years ago

What an excellent idea, and an interesting article, thankyou!

Beverly L.
Beverly L7 years ago

When I was a kid we didn't have video games, Netflix and text phones ~ we had bikes and rollerskates and my mom had to go looking for us because we were out exploring and having fun ~ and healthy!

Jennifer Martin
Jennifer M7 years ago

I don't have kids yet, but they will play outside every day, just like I did. And I'll be right there with them (:

Linda Tasa-andrychuk
Linda Tasa7 years ago

My kids are grown up now, yet they played outside alot, when they were growing up. Now that they are older, they still appreciate the outdoors.

Melissah Chadwick
Melissah C7 years ago


gerlinde p.
gerlinde p7 years ago

my daughter is grown up now, but when she was younger we had a small farm, so she spent most of her time in nature. yes nature rocks