The Biodiversity Education and Awareness Network is pleased to introduce the Ontario Children’s Outdoor Charter. The Charter aims is to make sure all Ontario children have opportunities to play and explore in the outdoors. Research shows that children who play outdoors regularly grow up healthier, happier and do better in school. And, when children have opportunities to discover the wonders of nature, they are also more likely to grow up caring for biodiversity.
BEAN was a partner in the development of the Charter led by the Back to Nature Network http://www.back2nature.ca/ and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources http://ontario.ca/mnr . Other partners included Parks and Recreation Ontario http://www.prontario.org/ , the Ontario Ministry of Tourism Culture and Sport http://www.mtc.gov.on.ca/en/home.shtml , the Royal Botanical Gardens http://www.rbg.ca/ , KidActive http://www.kidactive.ca/ , Ontario Nature http://ontarionature.org/ and the Fish & Wildlife Heritage Commission. BEAN will assist with implementing the Charter.
Through their own programs, the partners will promote the Charter and its goals. The partners recognize that many other groups, agencies and organizations work to connect children and nature. Others are welcome to sign on to the charter — together we can ensure our children get out and discover the wonders of nature.
OBS and BIION covers The Ontario Children’s Outdoor Charter advances actions in Ontario’s Biodiversity Strategy, 2011 http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c527c66f and Biodiversity: It’s In Our Nature http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c8f28fef , the Ontario Government Plan to Conserve Biodiversity.
For Further Information:
More information about the charter is available at the following website: www.childrensoutdoorcharter.ca