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Kids are out of school and it’s National Parks and Recreation Month, so let’s get out and play! With 59 national parks and thousands of state and local parks, there are plenty of options available. The term “Nature Deficit Disorder” has been coined to serve as a description for the concern that children have less exposure to nature. Unsurprisingly, urbanization and technology are contributing factors.

Spending time in nature offers a number of benefits, including reducing stress, improving mental health and focus, and providing exercise. Even a 10-minute walk outside can be a great de-stressor! Getting outdoors is particularly important for children. It teaches them responsibility, curiosity, and encourages physical activity.

Parks can also offer a fun-filled, low-cost way to spend some un-plugged, quality time with family. I hope the following tips and resources will encourage you and the families you serve to get outside and have some fun.


Tip of the Month:

Careful planning and positive communication can help you keep your cool when navigating summer schedules. Below are several tips to help you get started:

  • Do some research. No matter where you live, there are likely countless places to explore. Look up your local nature center and parks, or check out some state and national ones!
  • Consider your goals. Whether you’re looking to de-stress, exercise, learn something new, improve communication, or just have a fun time, being intentional about why you’re spending time outside can help you make the most of it.
  • Go simple. You don’t need an elaborate adventure for your kids to get the benefits of spending time outside. Check out some of these easy activities for inspiration.
  • Be prepared. Don’t let something like hunger or a sunburn ruin your day! Check the weather, bring water and food, and share your plan with someone else before you leave.


The Events Calendar offers a listing of national, regional and community-wide events that might be of interest to our targeted safety-net stakeholders. This includes conferences, webinars, policy forums, etc. You may submit events for consideration and inclusion on the Events Calendar.

Submitted events will be reviewed, and once approved, the event and its details will be posted on the calendar. Supporting documents, registration information, and flyers can also be posted and downloaded with each event.

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