Introducing Kids to Nature
In the spring of 2005, Sara (Grover) Holger read a book that changed her life forever. Richard Louv’s "Last Child in the Woods; Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder” inspired the mother and lifelong educator, helping her to realize that children must experience nature on a regular basis for healthy physical, mental, and spiritual development. So, in 2005 she started Project Get Outdoors, a non-profit organization working with community action groups to implement accessible after-school programs and activities for children to experience nature and outdoor recreation.
Since 2005, Project GO has served more than 50,000 children in 50+ locations across Minnesota. Project GO programs have been offered at community centers, YMCA's, Boys and Girls Clubs, recreation centers, libraries, latch key programs and in low-income housing complexes.
Learn more about the Need for Project GO by watching the short video below. Click on our Logic Model to see how we envision change.
For more information and research about the importance of nature exposure for healthy human development, visit the children and nature network.