Policies that Help Connect Kids and Nature

Reconnecting children to nature will take comprehensive policy action on the federal, state and local levels.

Next Generation Science Standards Webinars

March 17, 2014: Next Generation Science Standards and Environmental Education. Presenters: ACHIEVE, National Science Teachers Association, State Education and the Environment Roundtable, Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

The Next Generation Science Standards represent an unprecedented opportunity for the environmental and sustainability education community. They promise to dramatically change the focus and process of k-12 science education in the United States. The good news is that NGSS is strong on environmental content, much stronger than what is being taught now in the vast majority of schools throughout the nation. In this webinar four experts explain the development of the standards, their relevance to environmental education, and the challenges involved in implementation.


April 29, 2014: NGSS at the State Level. Presenters: National Research Council, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education and the Audubon Naturalist Society

This follow-up webinar focuses on opportunities at the state level—and how our organizations can partner with formal educators to aid the implementation of NGSS and advance the field of environmental education.


Download Audubon Naturalist Society presentation (pdf)

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Since its inception in 1936, National Wildlife Federation has worked to develop public policies that protect the environment and connect children, youth and families with the great outdoors.

Learn more about our federal, state and local campaigns to connect children to nature through public policy by clicking on the links below:

Sign up to receive the monthly “Be Out There Policy Bulletin on Connecting Children with Nature.”


View the 90-minute webcast of the National Be Out There: A National Summit on Children and the Outdoors, held in Houston, Texas on April 10, 2010. 

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