Kids Are Healthier and Happier in Nature

The New Jersey Kids In Nature Coalition is here to help make it happen

Healthier, Happier Lives Are Right Outside the Door

You probably already know that being out in nature has huge benefits for growing kids. Studies have proven that it can reduce stress, enhance learning abilities, and improve mental and physical health. It’s easy to talk about, but it may seem hard to do. Screen time, lack of access to green spaces, and worries about safety keep too many children indoors.

As adults with children in our care, it is up to us to fix this. Whether you are a parent or other responsible adult, a healthcare professional, educator, or part of a business or organization that works with kids, you can make a difference.

Our Missions Kids Playing Outside


To uplift, support, and celebrate the organizations connecting all kids with nature to improve childrens’ overall physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

Our Vision

We envision a world in which all New Jersey’s children joyfully play outdoors, inspiring a connection to the environment and resulting in long-term healthy lifestyles.

Nature By The Numbers

Average minutes each day children spend in unstructured outdoor play. Compare with 7.5 hours in front of electronic screens.
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1 in 5: Number of kids who play outside only once a week or less.
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American children spend 35% less time playing outside compared to when their parents were kids..
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How You Can Make A Difference

10 Tips
for Caring Adults

10 Tips
for Healthcare Providers

10 Tips
for Educators

Make A Difference

I am a caring adult.

I am a caring adult, and I will provide 30 minutes of outdoor play a week.

    I am a healthcare professional, and I will prescribe time outdoors in nature and display the NJ Kids in Nature poster.

      I am an educator, and I will provide 30 minutes of outdoor learning weekly.

        I represent a youth-serving organization/agency/group, and I’d like us to join this coalition:

        Our Partners

        bgcnj logo
        Children Nature Network
        College of New Jersey Logo
        NJ Audubon
        New Jersey AHPERD
        njsacc logo
        OEA logo
        Waterspirit Logo
        YMCA Logo
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