The theme of the week is “Be Out There At Home, School and Play.” The intent is to encourage children and their families to get together in nature, to get schools involved and to show kids how the outdoors can be a great place to play.
Lack of outdoor time, according to the NWF news release, has been linked to stress, depression and childhood obesity, among other maladies. Time in nature, we’re told, improves children’s physical and emotional health, increases classroom performance and encourages environmental stewardship.
The National Wildlife Week website at www.nwf.org/wildlifeweek offers ideas for activities outdoors for children, parents and teachers, including a “Family Activity Passport” local plant and animal watch lists and nature-themed games. Families who wish to locate nearby outdoor recreation spots where National Wildlife Week activities are taking place should consult www.nwf.org/naturefind.