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Environmental education and at-risk kids: 4 programs making a difference

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If you’ve read Richard Louv’s Last Child in the Woods, or looked into the detail of “No Child Left Inside” legislation and initiatives,you know that broad health issues (obesity, diabetes, ADHD, and even depression), and concern over environmental awareness, tend to drive the idea of getting kids outdoors more. For a number of programs around the country, though, the stakes are even higher: environmental education is becoming an integral part of working with kids at risk of falling into lives of crime, addiction, and poverty (which make the above-mentioned health issues a bigger likelihood). Among the programs doing innovative work in this area:



Hopefully, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Know of another program using environmental education to expand the horizons of at-risk youth? Let us know in the comments.

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