19 Feb '15, 6pm

'Every Kid in a Park' gives 4th graders free admission to all US National Parks

'Every Kid in a Park' gives 4th graders free admission to all US National Parks

President Obama’s initiative aims to get all kids, and their families, out to experience and enjoy America's public lands and waters. We can blame it on increasing urbanization in America, as some 80% of families are now living in urban areas, or we can blame it on gadgets and gizmos, as kids are said to now spend more than 7 hours each day with their screens, or we can blame it on modeled behavior, as kids learn from watching their parent's behavior, but either way, the end result is that young people today are more likely to be indoors and sedentary in front of a screen than outside and active and experiencing nature. Some of the side effects of all of this screen time for young people (said to be an average of 53 hours a week!) are readily apparent in them now, and some of it may only be seen after years of cumulative use, and can range from just the negative effects on...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/culture/every-kid-park-gives-4t...

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