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ADVOCACY

Advocating in Challenging Times
OAK urges states to support Every Kid Outdoors in State Parks Campaign
By Jackie Ostfeld and Paul Sanford

W

e are living in strange and difficult times. At the Outdoors
Alliance for Kids (OAK), we know this international pandemic is challenging for everyone. Physical distancing and
sheltering in place are particularly difficult for people who
know the value of spending time outdoors with friends and family.
OAK believes strongly in our
collective responsibility to do our
part to minimize the impacts of
COVID-19. That's why OAK's
advocates, including NRPA, have
embraced physical distancing
and minimized our face-to-face
interactions. As a result of these
challenging circumstances, we are
finding new ways to do the work
of advocating for getting more
kids outdoors.
To be clear, our work continues.
Even as we join efforts to reduce the
spread of this disease, we are preparing for the day when we can all
emerge from our homes and begin
enjoying the outdoors again with
people we care about.

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Outdoor Recreation
Habits Declining
We do this work with renewed conviction because evidence suggests the
need has never been greater. Earlier
this year, the Outdoor Foundation
released its annual outdoor participation report. Overshadowed by recent
events, this report tracks the outdoor
recreation habits of Americans, and
the 2019 results were particularly
dire. Little more than half of individuals in the United States went on a
single outing over the course of the
year. Less than 18 percent got outdoors even once per week.
These figures are striking, but the
statistics for young people are of
the greatest concern. On average,

kids went on 15 percent fewer annual outings in 2018 than they did in
2012. While participation on outings
increased among Latino youth, two
things stayed constant: youth participation outdoors remained overwhelmingly white, and total youth
participation continued going down.
The steady decline in youth activity
should be particularly concerning, as
youth participation is a strong indicator of future activity as an adult. In
fact, adults who were active outdoors
during childhood are twice as likely to
be active in adulthood. In other words,
a kid who does not get outdoors early
in life is unlikely to do so later.
But, why aren't kids going outdoors? Part of the reason is the
availability of other entertainment.
Television, video games and other
electronic media offer today's kids a
virtual world at their fingertips.
Another reason is a lack of access.
Fewer than half of all U.S. residents
live within walking distance of a
park. What's more, a lack of quality
public transportation makes it incredibly difficult for individuals - and
especially families - to get to a park.
And, parking, entrance and other fees
can quickly make a trip to a park costprohibitive for working-class families.

Every Kid Outdoors in State
Parks Campaign
Since its formation in 2010, OAK has
worked to make the outdoors more
accessible to kids and families. One
of our greatest achievements was
supporting the development of the
Every Kid in a Park pass. Established



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