Our children have moved indoors during the last twenty years, taking a mental and physical toll on their health and well-being. The negative impact of decreased time outdoors includes a doubling of the childhood obesity rate, as well as declining creativity, concentration and social skills. Studies show outdoor time helps children grow strong, enhances imaginations, decreases aggression and boosts classroom performance. In addition, children who spend time in nature regularly are shown to become better stewards of the environment (National Wildlife Federation).
Chattahoochee National Park Conservancy helps the National Park Service bring thousands of young people to the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (CRNRA) every year by providing transportation, educational supplies, teacher fellowships, internships and volunteers. Our focus is on underserved schools and students who have rarely, if ever, had a chance to visit a park, get in a raft or observe wildlife.Thanks to the National Park Foundation, corporate sponsors and our members/donors, we are able to help serve more than 3,000 young people annually in the CRNRA. If you would like to make a gift to the Sibley Pond Experience, click here and select 'I would like my donation to go toward: Transporting Underserved Children to the Park'. A donation of $100 will support five scholarships and a gift of $500 can support an entire class.