Learning goes into the wild

Earlier we had a thread on being exposed to the outdoors and a life long interest in wildlife/conservation/fitness, etc.

I had no idea that “Congress is considering A No Child Left Inside Act that would make federal funds available for environmental education.”

What a good idea!

Story in the Denver Post. Learning goes into the wild. By Nancy Lofholm. The Denver Post





  1. vicki Avatar

    Last year I went with my son to the outdoor education program at his school, here in Colorado. They go to the YMCA camp in Estes Park, it lies on the border of Rocky Mountain National Park. I had a blast!!!
    I was amazed at how little the parents knew too. They were just as captivated.
    This is an awesome idea. And, it will serve these kids well.
    This is the best news I have heard for a long time.
    Maybe WW would want to partner up too!

  2. Save bears Avatar
    Save bears

    I am really glad to hear, that finally the agencies and others are taking notice of this, and working on plans to turn things around, growing up in the outdoors, it has really dismayed me to see such a lack of desire in the current generations o participate in the outdoors, I work a lot of kids that have never really be exposed to the outdoors an I find it exciting when they do get exposed, it is such an important part of growing up! Kudos to these folks and I really hope the programs started in CO can expand to other areas of the country.

  3. Jon Way Avatar

    What a great idea!!! I am sure Bush will veto it. Call me a pessimist.

  4. vicki Avatar

    I’d say realist.

  5. Save bears Avatar
    Save bears

    Being I doubt the bill will be presented before Bush leaves office in January, I doubt he will have a chance to veto it..

  6. Ralph Maughan Avatar

    New concept bills are often introduced in a Congress (I’m referring to the 2-year period called “a Congress”) with little expectation of passage, but instead of familiarization.

    When the next Congress, or even the next one meets 4 years later, a serious effort to pass the bill is made.

  7. DNLee Avatar

    Spending time outdoors as a kid can have big impacts on your relationship to nature as adult. It did for me.
    I posted about my Childhood memories of my outdoor education on my blog.

    That’s why study science now, I think and I love sharing science with others!!


Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University. He was a Western Watersheds Project Board Member off and on for many years, and was also its President for several years. For a long time he produced Ralph Maughan’s Wolf Report. He was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He and Jackie Johnson Maughan wrote three editions of “Hiking Idaho.” He also wrote “Beyond the Tetons” and “Backpacking Wyoming’s Teton and Washakie Wilderness.” He created and is the administrator of The Wildlife News.

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