The Conservation Foundation’s education programs allow children to experience nature up close.  By providing opportunities to explore natural habitats, children will be able to connect to the plants and animals that live in their area. Students who learn through hands-on outdoor lessons better retain and understand scientific concepts. Our hope is that these early experiences with nature will inspire them to become supporters and stewards of the environment as they grow into adults and become parents themselves.
Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights
Every child should have the opportunity to:
• Discover wilderness – prairies, dunes, forests, savannas, and wetlands.
• Camp under the stars
• Follow a trail
• Catch and release fish, frogs, and insects
• Climb a tree
• Explore nature in neighborhoods and cities
• Celebrate heritage
• Plant a flower
• Play in the mud or a stream
• Learn to swim
To learn more about Chicago Wilderness and Leave No Child Inside initiative go to