The National Wildlife Federation

Bring Nature Within Reach for our Youngest Children

Kids on playground

Research has shown that learning through outdoor play and a daily connection with nature helps young children succeed throughout the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, today's children are increasingly sedentary resulting in limited physical activity and a detachment from the natural world.

To combat this, ECHO targets the places where children and families spend their time to bring nature within reach through innovative outdoor designs. We reimagine rubber and plastic playgrounds into dynamic nature play areas that ensure young children experience the critical benefits of nature every day.

With your support, we can continue working with diverse communities to bring nature play and learning to the daily lives of all young children and their families.

Your gift will help us expand our capacity to provide design assistance and professional support to the communities that need it most. This includes ongoing training, webinars and our annual summit tailored to those interested in learning how to bring nature play to their own spaces and communities.

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