The amount of time indoors is up from 44 hours in 2009.Experts are concerned that today’s children are not getting enough time in the great outdoors and their health and well-being are suffering for the lack of fresh air. Most children, studies show, cannot name 10 plants that grow in their own backyard and as a result, have no idea about the environmental issues affecting our planet.
Bateman and Wieland, renowned wildlife photographers, are sponsoring a program called ‘Get to Know’. Get to Know is a contest that is designed to get kids outside to see, interact and learn about species of plant life that they would not normally encounter in their daily indoor lives.
Kids, ages 5-18 are invited to submit articles, photographs and video entries to the Get to Know website, where a winner will be picked. Wieland considers taking care of the planet to be one of the most important areas of life that kids can get involved in. He believes that getting kids interested in their own yard is a good start to a life of taking care of the planet.
This gateway into the outdoors will lead today’s children and future generations in the fight to address the major problems we are facing. Climate change and deforestation are big global issues that will become the problems for tomorrow.
The Get To Know project has had an impact on a surprising group of organizations. The U.S. Forestry service, the Wildlife and Game Commission, the National Wildlife Federation, and the Children and Nature Network are just a few that has weighed in the program objectives. In all, more than 30 groups have joined.
Winners will receive monetary prizes up to 500 dollars, a weeklong stay in a Canadian National Park and being on the cover of the gettoknow.ca calendar. All the entries have expressed the effectiveness of the program in how they have gotten more interested in the outdoors and how fulfilling it is to impact the future.
Many have expressed a desire to continue to study in college for jobs that would keep them in the environmental industry and allow them to find more ways to impact world. All in all the work of the Get to Know group is making a positive impact on our children and our planet.