Facts show that children today are far less likely to spend time outdoors than children from previous generations. Just consider this:
- A child is six times more likely to play a video game on a typical day than to ride a bike.
- In 1995, 68% of children ages 7 to 11 rode a bike at least six times a year. Last year, only 47% did.
- The average child in America will spend more than 45 hours per week in front of a TV, computer, or video game and less that 30 minutes per week in unstructured, outdoor play.
All children should have to right to have fun while they:
- Camp under the stars
- Learn to identify native plants
- Ride a bike or walk to school
- Plant a flower or explore a garden
- Learn to swim
- Play outdoors
- Hike a trail
- Learn about local wildlife
- Roast marshmallows over a campfire
- Discover and explore Missoula’s natural areas
- Are mentored by adults who care about nature
- Catch and release fish, frogs, butterflies, and insects
Learn more about the Missoula Children and Nature Network here.