We recently shared a post on how to hook kids on the great outdoors published in the march edition of the Nature conservancy magazine. It quotes an article in the UK that found out that the average child spends less time outdoors than the average prisoner. Most of those hours are spent in front of a screen. Part of the reason seems to be that kids don’t want to be outside but it’s all matter of habit.
Children are very eager to be challenged and to discover new things. These are easily achievable by video games, but nature can offer even better rewards. “In my experience, youth today want the same things we wanted as children: real adventure and the opportunity to discover the world around them”, writes the author of the blog. It is true that it’s getting harder to find programs that connect kids to nature but that’s what ATX Kids Club is all about!
Austin still has some amazing nature pockets within minutes of the city. The more we make use of them, the more the government will realize the need for such spaces and keep funding them. We make use of the trails and parks as part of our weekly programs. Many of our kids have travelled through Cesar Chavez Street and fewer have set foot on the Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike trail just across the street.
This summer, plan for skill summer camps, but remember the importance of urban and nature camps as well. Let’s get our kids outside!