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Children in Nature

Many Delaware parents have memories of growing up with the outdoors a great place to embrace, from sunrise to sunset. Their childhood memories were filled with play, imagination, and exploration. Through these daily forays, families were building an understanding of, appreciation for, and connection with the natural world.

Today, many Delaware children may be deprived of enjoying the same outdoor experiences as their parents and grandparents. Evidence now shows that children aged 8 to 18 average 6.5 hours per day engaged with electronic media but spend mere minutes each day at unstructured outdoor activities.

As children lose touch with the land, water and the world outdoors, they also lose out on opportunities to reestablish critical connections with nature. It is essential to provide accessible, safe and enjoyable outdoor opportunities to educate and inform future generations about Delaware’s resources and to cultivate our children’s appreciation of these great resources. 

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Children in Nature

Delaware Children in Nature Report and Recommendations

Delaware Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights

Children in Nature Task Force

Outdoor Activities

Biking
Birding
Boating
Camping
Disc Golfing
Dog Walking
Fishing
Geocaching
Horseback Riding
Hunting
Golfing
Hiking
Picnicking
Playing
Rock Climbing/Rappelling
Surfing
Swimming

Outdoor Education
Become a Young Environmentalist
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Events
Youth Fishing Tournament
Coast Day
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Voluteering
Adopt-a-Wetland
Become a Bat Spotter 

Volunteer at a State Park

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