Maryland Governor Releases Children in Nature Action Plan

Governor Martin O’Malley today released Maryland’s Children in Nature Action Plan for 2010, which outlines measures the State is currently undertaking to advance environmental literacy and a connection with nature among Maryland’s young people. The Governor made the announcement during Capital for a Day in Laurel, at an outing with area school children that included live Scales and Tales and horseshoe crab exhibits and a hayride through Laurel Riverfront Park.

“Last year we brought together educators and outdoor professionals to help ensure our kids have the opportunity to both learn about their environment and to get outside and connect with their natural world -- getting their feet wet and their hands dirty,” said Governor O’Malley. “Today, we celebrate the release of our 2010 action plan, which outlines steps we are now taking in direct response to the report and recommendations of the Maryland Partnership for Children in Nature.”

For the past several months, staff from the Maryland Departments of Natural Resources and the Maryland State Department of Education have worked with Partnership members, other State agencies and non-governmental organizations to develop this first phase action plan. Highlights of the plan include commitments to:

Identify potential acquisitions -- using Program Open Space funding -- that will connect children and families to nature, benefit underserved communities, and link Marylanders to schools, trails, and parks.

Double Civic Justice Corps (CJC) participation next summer to 500 members; the CJC is a summer work program for at-risk youth conducted by the…
View the action plan.

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