The Nature Gap: Why ‘Outdoors for All’ Matters

Mar 5, 2024

4:00pm – 5:00pm CT

American children spend up to seven hours a day on screens outside of school, affecting their ability to be effective in the classroom and relate to their peers and adults. Access to the outdoors is not equitable across racial, ethnic, gender and socioeconomic boundaries and levels of physical ability. Experts from Texas Parks & Wildlife, Black Outside, Latino Outdoors, Texas State University School of Social Work and the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Center discuss this “nature gap” and why “outdoors for all” matters.

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photo of David Buggs
David Buggs

Texas Parks & Wildlife Department

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Josie Gutierrez

Latino Outdoors

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Thurman Hogan III

Black Outside Inc.

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Christine Norton

Texas State University School of Social Work