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About Us

We are a community alliance founded in 2021 by people and organizations in DeKalb County, Illinois. We care about the health and wellbeing of our community by providing resources and opportunities for our children to engage and connect with nature. 

How to Join

Local residents and community organizations are invited to join our alliance.

 

Members pledge to support the Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights.

 

Everyone is welcome to connect programs and submit resources.

 

Together we are a network of advocates who support the connection of children to nature in our community.

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Nature Partners

Local organizations such as schools, cities, scout troops, or religious groups can adopt the Children Outdoor Bill of Rights by linking, sharing, and adding Kish Kids Outside to their web and social pages.

 

Individuals can get involved, sign up for email updates, and follow our Facebook page. We believe that there is no singular answer—every little bit helps when it comes to making an impact. There are many meaningful ways you can help support our mission. 

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Inspiration

We are inspired by the Children and Nature Network founded by non-fiction author Richard Louv.

 

First published in 2005, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder influenced a movement to reconnect children to nature.

 

The term nature-deficit disorder describes the impacts that isolation from the natural world has on children and society.

 

A collection of research and resources is available at childrenandnature.org. 

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