History of the Children in Nature Initiative

Children in Nature

History of the Initiative

Two children lying down in the woods

2008 Kick-off

The Partnership was created to ensure that every child in every community experiences nature directly and develops a personal connection with our environment. These outdoor experiences build a sense of stewardship so that our children learn the principles associated with being responsible guardians of Maryland’s natural resources.

As one part of the State of Maryland’s commitment to re-connecting children and nature, the  Partnership for Children in Nature Executive Order was signed. This Executive Order formed a public-private partnership that provided structured and unstructured play activities for children in the outdoors.

With the Partner's leadership and more than 150 students, educators and business leaders attending, the Children in Nature Partnership kicked off with a rally in August 2008, hosted by the No Child Left Inside Coalition. The Partnership's 21-member board was introduced and tasked with finding creative ways to enable children throughout our State to get outside and learn about nature and make environmental literacy a part of every curriculum.           

April 2008
Executive Order

April 2009

The Report and Recommendations

2009 – present
Implementation of Recommended Actions