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November 2009
Get Outdoors Florida! is working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Wildlife Foundation of Florida to develop a series of Youth Conservation Centers around the state that will in part allow for the more engaging camp experiences for youth and their parents or mentors who want to learn more about the outdoors--and live a happier, healthier and smarter lifestyle.
October 2009
Get Outdoors Florida! announces there presence on Facebook, Twitter and as a Facebook Cause.  Please check us out and become a fan, follower and supporter via these social marketing links.  Together we can get more children connected to nature and living healthier, happier lifestyles while helping conserve our natural treasures.
September 2009
Sept 26 is Worldwide Day of Play to encourage kids to get up, get out and go play. It is also National Hunting and Fishing Day and National Public Lands Day.  Weather looks beautiful for Florida, so find a young person or friend and get outdoors for some nature-based recreation.  It will do you good, body, soul and mind.
August 2009
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has launched the Neighborhood Explorers (NX) website! Designed for 8-11 year olds, to reach those children not currently participating in outdoor programs and activities.
July 2009
The Governor's Office and DEP along with Get Outdoors Florida! encourage families to get outdoors over Independence Day weekend.  Park entry fees are waived for July 4th to encourage healthy outdoor connections iwth nature.
June 2009
June 13 is National Get Outdoors Day, which is supported by Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and the National Forests in Florida. June 6-14 is National Fishing and Boating Week, and June is National Great Outdoors Month, which Governor Crist supported with a proclamationVISIT FLORIDA has also made June Fishing Month at their Visitor Centers.  School is out and it's time to take advantage of all the opportunities Florida has for active outdoors recreation that will reconnect you, your family and friends and with nature.
May 2009
The National Wildlife Federation and the Turner Foundation hosted a workshop in partnership with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) at the Beau Turner Youth Conservation Center (BTYCC). The new Get Outdoors Florida! coalition, which brings together partners to encourage youth and family participation in active outdoor recreation was touted as one way to create opportunities to drive more kids to BTYCC as well as using it as a model throughout Florida. More...
April 22, 2009
Citing the critical need to improve environmental education across the country, The No Child Left Inside Coalition today applauded Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) and Congressman John Sarbanes (D-MD) for introducing the Senate and House versions of the historic No Child Left Inside Act (NCLI) on Earth Day 2009. The bi-partisan legislation, if passed, would mark the first environmental education legislation to pass Congress in more than 25 years.  More...

April 1, 2009
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has designated April 4-5, 2009 as Free Freshwater Fishing Weekend

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection and FWC issued a joint release on taking kids fishing and other fishing events taking place on April 4 through June 13 in State Parks.

U.S. Forest Service announces that in support of "Get Outdoors Florida!", the three National Forests in Florida, the Apalachicola, the Osceola and the Ocala, will offer free admission to forest visitors on April 3-5, 2009 at most recreation sites.


March 26, 2009
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission News Release on their role in "Get Outdoors Florida!"

March 24, 2009
Governor Crist and the Florida Cabinet today passed the "Get Outdoors Florida!" resolution, including the Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights.  Read the News Release.

March 2009
March is a big month for youth and the outdoors in Florida.  Children's Week culminates with the "Hanging of the Hands" at the Capitol on Sunday, March 29th and the Children's Capital for a Day on Tuesday March 31st.

February 2009
The Children & Nature Network latest news letter report praises Ken Salazar the new Secretary of the Interior for a “clear commitment throughout his career to reconnecting children and nature.” They also report April will be "Children and Nature Awareness Month," and announce a new Nature Clubs for Families Tool Kit.


January 2009
Publicity commences for Get Outdoors Florida!, with the first Fish Busters' Bulletin of the year.

December 2008
See the latest news letters from the National Forum on Children and Nature and Get Outdoors USA.

November 2008
The National Forum on Children & Nature announced the 30 projects that they endorsed for 2008-09 to help raise funds to promote.


10 October 2008


The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to stengthen environmental education experiences for schoolchildren both inside and outside of the nation’s classrooms.  By a bipartisan vote of 293 to 109, the House approved the "No Child Left Inside" Act.

18 August 2008

See Richard Louv's latest U-tube video release about the discovery of the "Last Child in the Woods."