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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