Ohio Leave No Child Inside Collaboratives In Press

Ohio Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights

On Friday September 24, 2010, the Ohio Leave No Child Inside Collaboratives held a Call to Action Rally in Columbus to bring attention to the Leave No Child Inside movement in Ohio and to celebrate Governor Strickland's support of the Ohio Children's Outdooor Bill of Rights.
Regional LNCI groups joined in the Rally by hosting their own local events and participating in a live exchange of video between Columbus and each satellite location. Regional LNCI groups that participated included Northwest Ohio, Northeast Ohio, Central Ohio, Greater Cincinnati, Miami Valley, and The Wilds. Many of these regional groups had Mayors and other local officials sign proclamations in support of the Ohio Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights.

Click here to read Governor Ted Strickland's Proclamation and the full Ohio Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights.


Scott Carpenter (Public Relations Director for the Metroparks of the Toledo Area), Mary Warren (Wildlife Communications Specialist & Naturalist for Magee Marsh Wildlife Area), and Art Landseadel (City Forester for City of Sylvania) holding Proclamations supporting the Leave No Child Inside Movement, signed by the Mayors of Toledo, Sylvania and Port Clinton.

Northwest Ohio Mayors Who Have Signed Proclamations in Support of Leave No Child Inside and
the Ohio Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights
     Mike Bell  ~  Toledo
     Debbie Hymore-Tester  ~  Port Clinton
     Craig Stough  ~  City of Sylvania

September, 2010


Ohio Leave No Child Inside Collaboratives worked with state officials and community leaders to develop The Report on Ohio’s Initiative to Reconnect Children with Nature. This Report contains research findings and proven strategies that support getting children outside to play and to learn about their natural environment. It also identifies statewide resources already in existence to move those strategies forward. The report focuses on six key areas:

1. Proclamations:  Proclamations are recognized as ways to show governmental support and make the public aware ofimportant information. 

2. Parks, Outdoor Recreation and Experiences:  Ohio has a wealth of organizations which provide outdoor experiences, recreational opportunities and nature programming. The Report discusses concrete actions that would enhance the ability of these organizations to bring children quality nature-centered experiences.

3. Health:  There is growing evidence of the importance of nature to children’s physical and mental health.Strategies that will advance public health priorities while increasing the amount of time children spend in the natural world are discussed in the Report.

4. Education:  There are many opportunities to reconnect children with nature through childcare centers andschools, where they spend much of their time. The Report details strategiesfor increasing the ability of children to play and learn in and about nature via childcare centers andschools include. 

5. Transportation and City Planning:  The existence of “nearby nature” and the ability to safely access it are key elements in helping childrento connect with nature in today’s increasingly urban world. The Report shares strategies to assure that allchildren will have opportunities to safely play and learn in nature in their own neighborhoods.

6. We Are All Part Of The Solution: Get Active, Get Outside, Get Involved! :  Every Ohioan can play a role, even it if is as simple as taking a child or grandchild to play at a park.The previous strategies highlight how governmental agencies, schools, non-profit organizations andeven businesses, can play a part in this effort to connect children with safe, accessible natural spacesand facilitate their learning experiences. However, the true measure of success will be when everydaycitizens weave the “get outside and be active” message into their daily routines.

Through the Public Awareness Campaign being launched in the fall of 2010, the Ohio Leave No Child Inside Collaboratives invite people and organizations throughout Ohio to join in making all Ohioans aware of the important role that nature plays in childhood development and the actions needed every day to positively influence the health and well-being of our children. Working collaboratively and through resources already in place – government, schools, non-profits, professional organizations and even businesses – we can implement the strategies identified in the Report on Ohio’s Initiative to Reconnect Children with Nature.