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National Environmental Education Foundation

Children and Nature Initiative

Rx for Outdoor Activity

NEEF is connecting children and their families to nature for health benefits.

NEEF’s Children and Nature Initiative: Rx for Outdoor Activity aims to prevent serious health conditions like obesity and diabetes related to indoor sedentary lifestyles and connects children and their families to nature to promote good health, enjoyment, and environmental stewardship. Research indicates that unstructured outdoor activities may improve physical and mental health by increasing physical activity, reducing stress, and serving as a support mechanism for attention disorders. Learn more.



The Initiative educates pediatric health care providers about prescribing outdoor activities to children. The program also connects health care providers with local nature sites, so they can refer families to safe and easily accessible outdoor areas. Learn more about NEEF's Nature Champions.



NEEF provides education and resources for parents, schools, health care providers, outdoor organizations, federal, state and local agencies, community groups and other institutions to work together, encouraging children to spend more time outdoors and teach them how to protect their health and the environment. 

For more information, please contact [email protected].


NEEF Nature Champion Dr. Robert Zarr talks about the Children and Nature Initiative

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