Motivating kids to be healthy outdoors doesn't have to be complicated. In fact, it could be a walk in the park.
A concern that parents, caregivers, and educators often express is that they don't feel they have the training or nature knowledge needed to get kids exploring outdoors. But everyone can be the positive influence that a child needs to learn, play, and grow in nature. And as it happens, children who spend time in nature gain long-lasting positive benefits:
- Time outside promotes physical activity and boosts the immune system.
- Nature-based learning is associated with reduced stress, aggression, and fewer discipline problems.
- Outside time improves attention, mood, and memory.
Research continues to show that children who grow up outside benefit mentally, physically, and emotionally. As such, adults who get kids outdoors have an immeasurable impact on their well-being.
That's why we've teamed up with Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC through Pittsburgh Parks Rx to equip caregivers and educators with the tools needed to help make the most of out-of-doors time with young learners.
Now, you can download the free Parks Prescriber Toolkit for Schools and Out-of-School Time for lessons, activities, materials, and resources. Download the Parks Prescriber Toolkit for Schools and Out-of-School Time here!
There are many ways to adapt the materials to support your goals: A gym or health teacher might plan a visit to a nearby park and distribute Parks Rx packets to one grade level, a science teacher might incorporate several park outings into a forest unit, or a school nurse or counselor might put materials in their office to share with students. Ready to get started? Click here for the Parks Prescriber Toolkit for Schools and Out-of-School Time!