Teton Science Schools

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Wyoming Youth Congress on Children and Nature
Field Education
Oct 14-17, 2010
Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools
700 Coyote Canyon Road
Jackson, WY 83001

The Wyoming Youth Congress on Children & Nature is a key step of a broader initiative to re-integrate the outdoors and nature into the daily lives of all children living in Wyoming. The Congress provided a voice to an unheard stakeholder in the Children & Nature movement - youth themselves - and promoted positive youth development and provided for state-wide change with our state’s youth serving as leaders.

Youth from all 48 Wyoming school districts will convene in a structured setting, voice their opinions, share their visions and identify new ideas related to their connection to nature. The ultimate outcome of the Congress is to ensure that nature and the outdoors play a positive role in influencing the development of Wyoming’s children.

Participants in the Congress will create an Action Plan to implement innovative projects in their home communities focused on connecting kids to nature. Action Plans and a program assessment will be presented to the Governor’s office, State Department of Education and federal, state and local agencies.

For more information please contact Leslie Cook at leslie.cook@tetonscience.org
Phone: (307) 734-3736

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Multimedia

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I Believe Video
See what the delegates believe about the growing disconnect between children and the outdoors.

Final Report

Download the 2009 Wyoming Youth Congress on Children and Nature Final Report
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Facts

Program:Wyoming Youth Congress on Children & Nature

Purpose:Engage Wyoming’s youth in the discourse about the growing disconnect between children and the outdoors.

Harness youth-energy, creativity and enthusiasm to inspire other kids, adults, parents, teachers and decision-makers to take action to strengthen the connections between children and nature.

Why: An opportunity to address the disconnect between kids and nature and its consequences…

  • Approximately 176,500 children and adolescents suffer from diabetes.
  • Approximately 9 million (16%) of US children aged 6-19 are overweight or obese.
  • Visits to state and national parks have declined every year since peaking in 1987 down 25%.
  • 25% fewer hunting and fishing licenses are being issued since the peak in 1981.

Who: 100 Eighth Grade Students (1 boy and 1 girl from each of Wyoming’s 48 public school districts and representatives from Wyoming’s Independent Schools)

When: October 14-17, 20010

Where: Teton Science Schools’ Jackson Campus, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Contact: Leslie Cook, Teton Science Schools
Email: leslie.cook@tetonscience.org
Phone: (307) 734-3736 

Partners

The George B. Storer Foundation
Wyoming Governor’s Task Force on Recreation (WY REACT)
US Forest Service
National Park Service
National Outdoor Leadership School

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