Parents & Teachers

Resources for Getting Children Outdoors

More Kids in the Woods

There is growing evidence that today’s children are gravitating away from outdoor experiences and towards a virtual indoor reality. This disconnect from nature has serious long-term implications for the health and well-being of our nations’ children.

More Kids in the Woods

A U.S. Forest Service program, More Kids in the Woods aims to engage children through:

  • Outdoor recreation activities that increase personal fitness, self-esteem and social skills.
  • Nature-based learning that improves academic performance and standardized test scores.

Through conservation education curriculum geared towards improving academic performances and standardize test scores, the National Forests in Florida can play a key role in:

  • Helping children develop a connection to their natural world.
  • Helping children and adults keep fit and bind family and friends through nature based activities.
  • Developing new partnership opportunities with nonprofit organizations and local governments oriented towards nature-based youth programs.

Grants are available to qualified organizations who partner with the USDA Forest Service on programs that encourage children's interaction with the outdoors. The grant period typically ends each March.

Get Outdoors, Florida!

The Get Outdoors, Florida! coalition brings together public agencies and private interests from around Florida to encourage families to spend more time outdoors. Explore their resources at


Smokey Bear shares his fire prevention wisdom in Ocala

Smokey Bear gives local teachers and students two thumbs up for fire prevention

Smokey Bear has been out and about across the country spreading his message of fire prevention. Recently, he visited students near the Ocala National Forest.