Kids need nature. Studies repeatedly show that time spent outside in nature leads to better health and improvement in the classroom. We’re lucky in Hawaii that getting connected with nature is pretty easy, but even parents here work at it. Learn about how our local Conservancy parents are helping their children “grow up wild” in Hawaii, and why they do it.
A new global survey of parents reveals that U.S. parents worry about getting their kids outside as much as they do about bullying, the quality of education and obesity. What’s more, 82% of U.S. parents view spending time in nature as “very important” to their children’s development – second only to reading as a priority.
We hope you’re inspired to help get your kids to connect with nature too. For resources and ideas, visit Nature Rocks.
For Kim Hum, connecting her son with nature is an extension of her own love for the outdoors. Explore
For Gabe Li, age 11, having a mom who works in conservation has increased his appreciation of nature. Explore
For Melinda Ching, connecting her daughters with nature has had a positive and powerful impact. Explore
For Maui's Roxie Sylva, connecting her daughter with nature is a natural extension of her Hawaiian culture. Explore