April 27, No Child Left Inside: 100 Ways to Connect Children of Nature

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No Child Left Inside: 100 Ways to Connect Children of Nature

April 27, 2021

There is overwhelming evidence that engaging in nature supports our mental well-being and resilience. For children, other benefits include improvements in problem solving skills, curiosity, imagination, cognition, attention, education outcomes, gross motor skills and more. In 2019 the Minnesota Legislature Authorized No Child Left Inside to promote children and youth engagement with the rich natural resources available in Minnesota. The MN Department of Natural Resources has since had two rounds of grants in 2019 and 2020. 93 grants totaling almost $900,000 were issued equally by capita to six regions of the state for school and youth programs. Learn about the purpose and scope of this grant, and about four projects: Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota in Mankato, Pedal Power in Minneapolis, Recreational Experiences Achieving Community Harmony (REACH) in Cloquet. Consider opportunities to promote nature in your community, and how you can support this initiative. No Child Left Inside grants | Minnesota DNR (state.mn.us)

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