Fast Facts About Outdoor Time and Children
- Children are spending half as much time outdoors as they did 20 years ago. (Juster et al 2004); (Burdette &
Whitaker 2005); (Kuo & Sullivan 2001)
- Today, kids 8-18 years old devote an average of 7 hours and 38 minutes using entertainment media in a
typical day (more than 53 hours a week). (Kaiser Family Foundation)
- In a typical week, only 6% of children ages 9-13 play outside on their own. (Children & Nature Network,
- Children who play outside are more physically active, more creative in their play, less aggressive and
show better concentration. (Burdette and Whitaker, 2005; Ginsburg et al., 2007)
- Sixty minutes of daily unstructured free play is essential to children’s physical and mental health.
(American Academy of Pediatrics, 2008)
- The most direct route to caring for the environment as an adult is participating in
"wild nature activities"
before the age of 11. (Wells and Lekies, 2006)
Source: The National Wildlife Federation