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Take It Outside: 
America's Move to Raise a Healthier Generation of Kids

The Bureau of Land Management's Take It Outside Initiative was prompted by a growing national concern that children are spending significantly less time outdoors that previous generations; becoming more disconnected from nature; and increasingly showing symptons of an epidemic in childhood obesity. These issues were articulated in Richard Louv's 2005 book "Last Child in the Woods." In response to this problem, BLM and many other Federal agencies are taking on the challenge of attemping to reconnect the Nation's youth and families with the many benefits of spending time outdoors. 

Find out about Idaho's Be Outside movement, the latest non-profit organization made up of federal, state, and non-profit organizations dedicated to getting kids off the couch and outside.  Visit the Be Outside website to learn more!

 Kids learn about the outdoors
  Kids learn about the Salmon River

Idaho's Be Outside initiative has partnered with KIVI Channel 6 news about getting outside.  Visit their website to see interesting ideas and fun activities you can do to get outside and enjoy nature! Click here to see the site. 

BLM Takes It Outside!

BLM's Take It Outside Initiative focuses on promoting and expanding existing BLM programs that engage children and families in outdoor activitites.  Try some of these family outings.

Family Outings

Other Take It Outside Related Websites:

  • Care Share Campaign: Sharing rangelands respectfully with others. 
  • Idaho Off-Highway Vehicle Information Project: State and federal agencies in Idaho promoting responsible use of off-highway vehicles. 
  • Leave No Trace: Striving to educate all those who enjoy the outdoors about the nature of recreational impacts as well as techniques to prevent and minimize such impacts. 
  • Tread Lightly: Offering a variety of tools to help arm recreationists and the industrie s that serve them with essential outdoor ethics. 
  • Hands on the Land: a national network of field classrooms connecting students, teachers, and parents to their public lands and waterways. 
  • Be Outside. Idaho Children in Nature: A website dedicated to getting children and families outdoors to enjoy nature. 
  • Learning Landscapes: A national website that provides educational and enrichment opportunities associated with the 258 million acres of public lands that BLM manages for all Americans.  Visitors can get fit, commune, contemplate, serve, renew, revive, and re-center.
  • Idaho Birding Trail:  A network of sites and side-trips that provides the best viewing opportunities to see birds in Idaho. 

Kids enjoy the Little City of Rocks
Students enjoy the Little City of Rocks

 Students visit Tee Maze Cave
Students inside Tee Maze Cave