Every youth deserves transformational experiences in the outdoors, whether in class, in a school garden, at a summer camp, or in countless other settings.

Outdoor Policy Guide

There is much that leaders at the state and local level can do to open the door to meaningful connections between youth, their local community, and the outdoors, and to support opportunities for youth who may not otherwise have the chance. This Outdoor Policy Guide highlights state and local policies from around the United States that are intended to build opportunities for youth learning and recreation in and about the outdoors through a wide range of approaches. It is intended as a tool to inform and inspire as we seek to make change in our own state and in our own communities. Explore the guide, empower yourself as an advocate, and connect with NBEC to join your voice with other advocates working to empower Maine’s next generation of leaders with the outdoor experiences they deserve.

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  • Arizona

    High School Climate Change Learning Standards

    In 2018, new state science standards were adopted by the Arizona state board of education after public feedback from educators, content experts, community members, and other stakeholders. These new standards include changes related to science content, learning standards, and connections between science and other subjects.

    Type de politique

  • California

    Outdoor Equity Grants
    Program

    This program was designed to support outdoor environmental education at state parks and other public land. Funding will be available to public organizations and will come from the state as well as private donors, with an estimated $10 million per year towards this program.

    Type de politique

  • California

    California Regional Environmental Education Community

    Through the California Regional Environmental Education Community, this program offered a one-time allocation of $4M that has been used to promote state-level environmental education guidelines and to help teachers implement them, while additional funding is dedicated to grants for teachers and schools.

    Type de politique

  • California

    Mandatory Climate
    Education Bill

    This bill would amend California’s adopted science curriculum to include “coursework including material on the causes and effects of climate change” from grades 1-12 starting no later than the 2021-22 school year.

    Type de politique

  • California

    California School Pavement to Parks Grant Program

    This statewide grant program allows school districts that serve low-income communities to apply for funding to transform portions of their school grounds into green space.

    Type de politique

  • California

    Environmental Education/Literacy Grant Program

    Administered by the California Department of Education and funded with Environmental License Plate Funds, school districts, other local schools, state agencies other than the State Department of Education, and community organizations are eligible for grant funding to support programs with long-term educational benefits to California educators and students, with support going primarily to professional development for teachers.

    Type de politique

  • Colorado

    Colorado Kids Outdoors
    Grant Program Legislation

    This grant program is a conduit for public or private gifts, grants, or donations to be dispersed to organizations and schools, with an emphasis on outdoor learning for urban and/or low-income youth was funded with $100,000 within its first year.

    Type de politique

  • Colorado

    Great Outdoors Colorado
    Inspire/Generation Wild
    Initiative

    Great Outdoors Colorado created the Inspire Initiative to support the development of 15 coalitions of organizations joining together to address structural barriers to youth getting outside in their communities with emphasis on collaboration between organizations. Total program funding is $27.6 million towards these coalitions.

    Type de politique

  • Hawaii

    Hawaii’s No Child Left Inside Grant Program

    This grant program will provide financial support and resources to establish and maintain outdoor education programs for students.

    Type de politique

  • Illinois

    Outdoor Equity Grants Program

    Modeled after New Mexico’s 2019 SB 462, Illinois’ Outdoor Equity Grant Program was created to increase access to outdoor learning opportunities across Illinois to underserved communities.

    Type de politique

  • Arizona

    High School Climate Change Learning Standards

    In 2018, new state science standards were adopted by the Arizona state board of education after public feedback from educators, content experts, community members, and other stakeholders. These new standards include changes related to science content, learning standards, and connections between science and other subjects.

    Policy Type

  • California

    Outdoor Equity Grants
    Program

    This program was designed to support outdoor environmental education at state parks and other public land. Funding will be available to public organizations and will come from the state as well as private donors, with an estimated $10 million per year towards this program.

    Policy Type

  • California

    California Regional Environmental Education Community

    Through the California Regional Environmental Education Community, this program offered a one-time allocation of $4M that has been used to promote state-level environmental education guidelines and to help teachers implement them, while additional funding is dedicated to grants for teachers and schools.

    Policy Type

  • California

    Mandatory Climate
    Education Bill

    This bill would amend California’s adopted science curriculum to include “coursework including material on the causes and effects of climate change” from grades 1-12 starting no later than the 2021-22 school year.

    Policy Type

  • California

    California School Pavement to Parks Grant Program

    This statewide grant program allows school districts that serve low-income communities to apply for funding to transform portions of their school grounds into green space.

    Policy Type

  • California

    Environmental Education/Literacy Grant Program

    Administered by the California Department of Education and funded with Environmental License Plate Funds, school districts, other local schools, state agencies other than the State Department of Education, and community organizations are eligible for grant funding to support programs with long-term educational benefits to California educators and students, with support going primarily to professional development for teachers.

    Policy Type

  • Colorado

    Colorado Kids Outdoors
    Grant Program Legislation

    This grant program is a conduit for public or private gifts, grants, or donations to be dispersed to organizations and schools, with an emphasis on outdoor learning for urban and/or low-income youth was funded with $100,000 within its first year.

    Policy Type

  • Colorado

    Great Outdoors Colorado
    Inspire/Generation Wild
    Initiative

    Great Outdoors Colorado created the Inspire Initiative to support the development of 15 coalitions of organizations joining together to address structural barriers to youth getting outside in their communities with emphasis on collaboration between organizations. Total program funding is $27.6 million towards these coalitions.

    Policy Type

  • Hawaii

    Hawaii’s No Child Left Inside Grant Program

    This grant program will provide financial support and resources to establish and maintain outdoor education programs for students.

    Policy Type

  • Illinois

    Outdoor Equity Grants Program

    Modeled after New Mexico’s 2019 SB 462, Illinois’ Outdoor Equity Grant Program was created to increase access to outdoor learning opportunities across Illinois to underserved communities.

    Policy Type

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