Nature Play Resources

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When it comes to family fun in the great outdoors, the possibilities are endless! Here are some select resources to help you find more places to go and things to do.

Disneynature: Get excited about the natural world with Disneynature‘s movies, videos, educational resources, and a photo gallery that takes you around the world. Plus, get the free Disneynature Explore app, which combines an augmented reality experience with animal behavior game play that encourages children and caregivers to play in nature.

Children & Nature Network: The Children & Nature Network is leading the movement to connect all children, their families and communities to nature through innovative ideas, evidence-based resources and tools, broad-based collaboration and support of grassroots leadership.

Natural Start Alliance: The Natural Start Alliance is a coalition of educators, parents, organizations, and others who want to help young children connect with nature and care for the environment.

PlanetExplore: PlanetExplore is a collaboration between The North Face and partners like the American Hiking Society, International Mountain Biking Association, The Sierra Club and Big City Mountaineers, is an online community designed to help individuals and families learn about and participate in outdoor activities and events in their area.

Nature Rocks: The Nature Rocks program aims to inspire and empower families to play and explore in nature for happier, healthier and smarter kids. Their mission is to make it easy for you to have fun in nature, and connect with others to do the same

Let’s Go Outside: Let’s Go Outside is a project by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service that aims to connect people with nature, with resources for kids, families, educators, and youth group facilitators.

Sierra Club Outdoors: Sierra Club Outdoors reaches across economic lines, cultures, and communities, encouraging everyone to explore and enjoy the natural world. They have a special focus on military families, and also disadvantaged youth and others with limited access to outdoor resources.

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Nature Explore: Nature Explore is a collaborative program of the Arbor Day Foundation and Dimensions Educational Research Foundation. Their mission is to help children and families develop a profound engagement with the natural world, where nature is an integral, joyful part of children’s daily learning.

Acorn Naturalists: Acorn Naturalists focuses on developing and distributing resources that nurture curiosity about the natural world, with resources for teachers, outdoor educators, naturalists, parents, and others.

KaBOOM!: KaBOOM! is a national non-profit dedicated to saving play for America’s children. Their mission is to create great play-spaces through the participation and leadership of communities, with the vision of a place to play within walking distance of every child in America.

Green Teacher: Green Teacher is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping educators, both inside and outside of schools, promote environmental awareness among young people aged 6-19.

National Environmental Education Foundation: The focus of National Environmental Education Foundation is to advance environmental knowledge among health professionals to improve the public’s health with a special emphasis on children and underserved populations.

The Great Nature Project: The Great Nature Project, from National Geographic Education, aims to ignite the world’s appreciation for, and awareness of, biodiversity. They’re encouraging people to go out into their neighborhoods and take and upload a photo of a plant or animal with the hashtag #GreatNature – with the ultimate goal of one million participants from around the globe.

SeaWorld Kids/Generation Nature: SeaWorld Kids/Generation Nature connects kids with animals and nature, recognizing the important role that kids play in the future of our natural world.

Alliance for Childhood: Watch this video about the link between family play and family well-being.