OSPREY, FL (July 20, 2016) Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast announces the launch of its Youth in Nature program, designed to create nature experiences that will provide life-long memories, instill a love for life, and help youth discover nature. The program emphasizes discovery through fun, meaningful outdoor activities.
A recent Nature Conservancy study found that American youth spend more time indoors than in nature; 88% spend time online daily and fewer than 40% spend time outdoors even on a weekly basis.
A growing body of research indicates that children experience reduced stress levels and improved social skills as a result of greater activity in nature. Benefits also include increased concentration, greater attention capacities, and higher academic performance.
Conservation Foundation invited youth from Big Brothers Big Sisters and Laurel Civic Association to participate in the inaugural summer program. The nature-based activities include scavenger hunts, team games and kayak excursions with nature guides.
“Conservation Foundation is excited to help foster a love of nature and the outdoors in the next generation,” notes Christine Johnson, president of Conservation Foundation. “We don’t want any child to miss out on special moments hiking, kayaking or exploring. These experiences can be the “wow” that changes a life forever.”
Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast saves land, forever, preserving those special natural lands that make our region extraordinary. Working with landowners, businesses, and government, they protect the character and natural integrity of the bays, beaches, barrier islands and their watersheds on Florida’s Gulf Coast. A nationally accredited land trust, the Foundation purchases natural areas, holds land preservation agreements and educates for responsible land and water stewardship in Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte and Lee Counties. Learn more at www.conservationfoundation.com.