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On Thursday, September 18, the US House of Representative passed the No Child Left Inside Act, H.R. 3036, authored by US Rep John Sarbanes of Maryland. This legislation will "strengthen environmental education experiences for schoolchildren both inside and outside of the nation's classrooms". Funding for training and support of environmental education programs, help with creating standards for EE programs, encouragement of experts to work in the classrooms, and creation of a grant program to help create and strengthen EE programs are all included in the passed legislation. Read the full press release here.
Not familiar with No Child Left Inside? Read the ESA policy statement here.
The ESA Education Section is an organizing an outreach project encouraging ESA members to take a child outdoors; watch for the announcement next year.
Want to get involved? Do you have a simple activity to do with children outdoors? Send your ideas to Jennifer Doherty, dohertyj(at)sas.upenn.edu.