Spending more time with family is a top New Year’s resolution, and the “Be Out There” campaign from the National Wildlife Federation is designed to help parents keep that resolution. The program offers tips and advice to parents who pledge to help get their kids outdoors every week, while acknowledging it isn’t always easy, even in a state like Wyoming with plenty of outdoor play spaces.
Be Out There manager Lindsay Legendre says their survey of parents found that 94 percent say kids aren’t getting enough time outside. The barriers? Weather, concerns about safety, and the lure of technology. So, the campaign offers strategies on its website.
Legendre says the parents they’ve talked with recognize the benefits of outdoor time, such as increased physical activity and better concentration in the classroom. But she agrees that technology has benefits, too.
She says they want to make it easier for parents to guide children to more outdoor time, especially since school recesses and busy schedules have eaten into outdoor play time.