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JOIN THE WISCONSIN NO CHILD LEFT INSIDE COALITION 

The Wisconsin No Child Left Inside Coalition is a statewide coalition of over 100 businesses, health, youth, faith, recreational, environmental, conservation, and educational groups representing approximately 90,000 people in Wisconsin.  Coalition member groups, organizations, and individuals share the belief that all people, in particular young people, need the opportunity to connect with nature in order to learn and grow into healthy, responsible, and engaged community citizens. The entire list of Coalition members is available here.  Please join us!

Get Outside
If you are an educator or parent looking for ideas to get your students or kids outside right now you are in the right place! The Wisconsin NCLI Coalition’s home page is housed on Wisconsin’s own environmental education clearinghouse web site, EEinWisconsin.org.  This web site organizes the abundant array of environmental education resources and information available in our state into a searchable database. You can search for events based on geographic location or topic, grants, teaching resources, contests, jobs, and more. Check out the “What’s New” tab at the top of the page for the latest information.

Stay up-to-date on the latest opportunities to get outside by becoming a member of the Coalition and by following us on Facebook.
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No Child Left Inside
The No Child Left Inside (NCLI) movement is a response to a growing convergence of research indicating that all people, in particular young people, need the opportunity to connect with nature in order to learn and grow into healthy, responsible, and engaged community citizens. Richard Louv’s book, Last Child in the Woods, consolidated research from a variety of disciplines that indicated the existence of what he called, “nature deficit disorder.”  Louv’s work has sparked a national movement to holistically address the related issues of time spent in nature, child health and well being, and sustainability.

Children are spending more time indoors ‘plugged in’ to electronic media and less time outdoors than ever before.  Studies show that this shift to a more indoor and sedentary lifestyle is having dramatic health effects on the mental and physical well being of young people.  Research also indicates that time spent learning and playing outdoors can produce health benefits for children such as reducing incidence of obesity, reducing symptoms of ADHD, and reducing stress in general.

Education for environmental literacy and sustainability provides the opportunity to connect with nature and develop the understandings needed to be healthy adults, active citizens, and environmental stewards. Integration of this education provides a proven way to link outdoor experiences and environmental learning with the standards and benchmarks schools already teach. This approach also adds local relevance to help students connect to the places in which they live and learn.

No Wisconsin Child Left Inside
Wisconsin’s Plan to Advance Education for Environmental Literacy and Sustainability in PK-12 Schools” (Plan) provides a road map for statewide strategic collaboration to ensure all students graduate from high school environmentally literate and ready for college and careers in the 21st century. It outlines a comprehensive strategy to provide teachers and students in Wisconsin with opportunities to connect with nature and advance the health of our youth through strong interdisciplinary curricular connections that focus on education for environmental literacy and sustainability. Wisconsin’s Plan aligns with the pending national No Child Left Inside Act.  Having a Plan in place will position Wisconsin to be eligible for new funding annually to support Plan implementation through this federal initiative. 

Plan Connections
The Plan is a part of broader state-wide strategic planning efforts:
Contact
For more information about Wisconsin’s No Child Left Inside Coalition, contact Jesse Haney (Jesse.Haney@uwsp.edu).

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“Wisconsin’s Plan to Advance Education for Environmental Literacy and Sustainability in PK-12 Schools” (Plan) was released on November 4th, 2011. The Plan provides a road map for statewide strategic collaboration to ensure all students graduate from high school environmentally literate and ready for college and careers in the 21st century.

   
The NCLI Coalition and supporters of environmental education have reason to celebrate. The Obama Administration released its proposed budget for fiscal year 2012. It once again includes environmental education as a subject eligible for funding within a proposed $246.1M competitive grants program entitled “A Well-Rounded Education”.

   
This legislation provides $40 million over five years in mandatory funding for farm-to-school programs, ensuring that more children are able to eat local, healthy produce, create school gardens, and use more local foods.

   
The National Wildlife Federation announced that Congressman Ron Kind (D-WI) introduced the Moving Outdoors in Nature Act (MONA) in the United States House of Representatives! MONA's focus on health and recreation solutions will be an excellent complement to the No Child Left Inside (NCLI) Act's systemic approach of getting environmental education back into our nation's schools.

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  Related Organizations
Wisconsin Environmental Education Foundation  
Stevens Point, WI 54481
The Wisconsin Environmental Education Foundation secures private funding support for environmental education opportunities that promote environmental stewardship, economic vitality and healthy communities.
Wisconsin's Plan for Environmentally Literate and Sustainable Communities  
Statewide, WI 54481 United States
Wisconsin’s Plan for Environmentally Literate and Sustainable Communities recognizes that Wisconsin’s rich environmental, cultural and economic heritage is based directly on the natural resources around us. The Plan acknowledges that in order to use, enjoy, and preserve these resources, individuals, organizations, businesses, and governments must have the knowledge, attitudes, and skills to ensure the health of our communities and natural resources.

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Organization at a Glance
AddressStatewide
WI United States
Phone
(715) 346-3604
Contacts
Jesse Haney
(715) 346-3604  Program Director, Wisconsin Environmental Education Foundation



Posted 11/11/2009 3:08 PM
Updated   3/21/2012

 
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