Youth Recreation

For kids, wilderness is a natural playground that provides exercise and emotional well-being. Yet, America’s youth are spending less and less time outdoors.

Through our youth recreation program, we’re making sure that America’s kids experience wilderness first-hand.

Why get youth outside?

America’s children are spending less time outside than ever before. We see the consequences in their health, in classrooms and on neglected lands. Youth recreation can help restore our youth and our lands, and make both healthier and more resilient.

Youth organizations on national forests

Many national forests are near urban areas, making them the perfect place to get city kids outdoors. Yet organizations that provide outdoor experiences for youth find that they are often unable to use national forests because of U.S. Forest Service rules.

Youth recreation partnerships

Diverse and non-traditional allies are all coming together to get our kids outside. Whether it is First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” and President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors initiative or the YMCA and REI, people everywhere are recognizing that we desperately need to reconnect kids with nature.

 

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  • Jennifer Dickson

    Today Federal Judge Tanya S. Chutkan has ruled that two consolidated lawsuits filed against President Donald J. Trump and his administration for unlawfully slashing Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears national monuments will remain in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and that the Department of the Interior must keep the Plaintiffs advised before permitting any ground disturbing activities on the disputed lands.

    The following statement is from Nada Culver, senior counsel for The Wilderness Society:

  • Mason Cummings

    The Wilderness Society is pleased to offer the following assets to press covering LWCF reauthorization. Please credit The Wilderness Society all uses of these materials.

  • Michael Reinemer

    "We appreciate the House Natural Resource Committee working to advance a bipartisan bill today to permanently authorize the Fund. This is a notable step forward to have both sides of the aisle recognize the great importance and impact of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. However, to save this vital program, Americans need to see full, dedicated funding for the program in addition to permanent reauthorization. We look forward to working with members from both parties and both chambers to finally provide long-term security for this critical fund."