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FALL 2007 edition 40 pages

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Trails for the future of good health for all Americans!

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Supporting funding for trails and greenways

Recognition and remembering people and trails

Involving kids in trails and the outdoors

Stewardship and education

Planning and developing trail systems

Accessible trails and outdoor recreation

New books and resources

"No Child Left Inside Act" helps environmental education

Congressman John Sarbanes (MD) and Senator Jack Reed (RI) have introduced legislation to strengthen and expand environmental education in America’s classrooms and reconnect children with nature. These bills, each entitled the No Child Left Inside Act of 2007, were introduced in the House (H.R.3036) and the Senate (S.1981).

With the nation facing complicated environmental issues that will challenge us for years to come, it is critical that schools provide kids with a solid grounding in environmental education. But because of the No Child Left Behind law (NCLB), many schools are scaling back or eliminating environmental education programs. Congress has the opportunity to change this as it reauthorizes NCLB.

To see how the No Child Left Inside Act of 2007 amends the NCLB law, and for ways you can take action, visit and click on "What’s Hot."

Forest Service grants to get youth into the outdoor world

Author Richard Louv brought his warning that modern societal forces are separating children from nature to a Washington, D.C. gathering of recreation community leaders and applauded a new partnership-based response to that trend led by the USDA Forest Service.The response, “More Kids in the Woods,” is a challenge-grant program initially involving 24 programs across the nation and $1.5 million in Forest Service and non-federal funds. The initial Forest Service grants total $500,000. Details on the grants and partnership information can be found at

"Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights" promotes active kids

With concerns about youth detachment from outdoor activities, lack of physical exercise, and increased health risks, the California Roundtable on Recreation, Parks and Tourism adopted the California Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights to recommend a basic list of experiences that every child in California would benefit from experiencing, before entering high school.

Numerous studies document that children who are more active and learn to enjoy the outdoors are healthier, do better in school, have better social skills and self-image, and lead more fulfilled lives. For more information on this bill, visit the California Roundtable on Recreation, Parks & Tourism’s website at

Forest Art at the Raven Trail enhances natural beauty

Art can provide wonderful learning opportunities to put visitors in direct contact with nature and all the beauty and wonderment the outside world has to offer. Art and nature collide so magnificently along the Raven Nature Trail in Wisconsin. This 1.5-mile trail makes visible the forest’s ecological, social, artistic, and historical nativeness and invasiveness as Forest Art Wisconsin was brought to life. See the amazing artwork and ideas that were combined within the Raven Nature Trail at

Guidelines for water trail design and development

This new guide to water trail planning is available from Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission. Guidelines for Paddling Trail Development includes sections on Trail Scouting, Determine Target Audience, Build in Trail Safety, Resource Protection and Trail Management, Waterway Trail Markers, Providing Trail Information, and Promotion and Marketing. A link to the Guidelines is at under the “New Resources” tab or visit

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