|Missouri Children in Nature Challenge|
Our Cure for Nature Deficit Disorder
The Missouri Children in Nature Challenge is a program to recognize communities and families who create opportunities for their children to get outside and discover nature firsthand. A number of resources from Missouri state agencies can help communities get started.
Why is this important? Children benefit physically, mentally, and even spiritually by reconnecting with nature; it helps them feel happier and healthier. Educating children about nature also helps foster a lifelong appreciation of the plants and animals that live around us, and can make children better future stewards of our precious natural resources.