Adding to the Sustainability Plan and the Pollinator Protection Plan, Madison is now working on an initiative to more effectively connect children with nature.
While Madison already has lots of urban nature – including more parks per capita than any other US city – these resources aren’t equally accessible to all kids. The new initiative seeks to start from what’s working and find ways to overcome obstacles.
The initiative is currently in a planning phase, with a written plan expected to be released in August. Those who are interested can get involved here.
While not all kids have a yard, those who do benefit greatly from having nature right outside their houses. Nature in the neighborhood is related to less childhood obesity, better functioning in kids with ADHD, and other benefits.