What the Nation’s Governors are Doing to Leave No Child Inside

What the Nation’s Governors are Doing to Leave No Child Inside
Within the past two years, ten governors have launched state initiatives or served on a national forum. These are the activities that we know of, to date:

• In New Mexico, Gov. Bill Richardson signed the New Mexico Outdoor Classrooms initiative, SB 2, a collaboration between the Public Education Department and New Mexico State Parks. This first-of-a-kind program provides strategies to get schools to parks and parks to schools.

• Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire signed HB 1677 to create an outdoor education and recreation grant program for underserved children. The legislation puts in place sustainable funding for outdoor education and recreation programs that will engage underserved children. The bill passed the House on a 97-0 unanimous vote. Budget Vice-Chair Hans Dunshee, when announcing the legislation, dubbed it the Leave No Child Inside Act.

• In Connecticut, Gov. Jodi Rell launched a No Child Left Inside program last year that, among other things, allows foster families to use state parks free and encourages families to visit parks through a contest called the Great Park Pursuit. In 2007, hundreds of Connecticut families accepted the second-annual pursuit challenge and enjoyed a variety of outdoor activities.

• In August, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will sign a proclamation supporting the California Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights, conceived by the California Roundtable on Recreation, Parks and Tourism (CRRPT), an ad hoc group of public and private organizations from federal, state and local levels. The bill includes…

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