Thursday, May 29, 2008

No Child Left Inside Coalition update

Please take a moment to read the first of what will be regular e-newsletters from the No Child Left Inside Coalition, updating you on our legislation, the No Child Left Inside Act, and on our ever-growing Coalition. Please feel free to share this with friends and supporters of environmental education.

From the Desks of Senator Jack Reed and Representative John P. Sarbanes

May 23, 2008

To Members of the No Child Left Inside Coalition:

Because of your critical support and interest, we want to update you on our progress in advancing the No Child Left Inside (NCLI) Act.

Since we first introduced this legislation last year, the Coalition has helped make tremendous strides in rallying around, drawing attention to, and galvanizing support for this issue, which has helped us greatly in gaining support for NCLI in Congress. We now have 14 cosponsors of the Senate bill and 49 cosponsors of the House bill. We recently held two highly successful events: a press conference at the Capitol and a field hearing at Patuxent Wildlife Research Center.

Now, we understand the Coalition has achieved a significant milestone of its own with the 300th organization joining its ranks - perhaps one of the largest coalitions of its kind. We congratulate you on this achievement. In our view, this underscores the powerful and growing public sentiment for promoting environmental and outdoor education in our nation's schools.

There's much more work to be done to ensure that the No Child Left Inside Act becomes law. The more cosponsors the bill gains and the more attention this issue attracts, the easier it will be for the respective Committees and the full Congress to approve the measure. We're working hard to urge our colleagues to join us in this effort, bolstered greatly by groundwork that's been laid by the Coalition outside Washington.

Again, thank you for the important work you do and your strong support for the No Child Left Inside Act.



300 Members and Growing Strong!

The Coalition recently topped 300 members. Congratulation to the Moorhead Community Habitat Program of Moorhead, Minnesota, our 300th partner. We are also thrilled to have several businesses joining our Coalition, including PlayCore, Great Wolf Resorts, Inc., Mountain Reservations, Today, we represent more than 20 million members and we continue to grow an at incredible rate - an indication of deep support across the country for environmental education. View the full list of Coalition members here.

Help Spread the News about the "Get 'em Outside" Video

"Get 'em Outside" is a wonderful, five-minute video celebrating the value of environmental education and is quite popular on YouTube. Please embed the video on your organization's website or provide a link to the video, available here:

NCLI Coalition Joins Facebook

We now have our own Facebook group devoted to No Child Left Inside. If you are a Facebook user, please join the group and contribute to the conversation about the legislation and environmental education by visiting Once you've joined the group, invite all your friends to join.


NCLI Website features new look, new tools to help get kids outside

If you haven't been to the Coalition website recently, take a few minutes to explore the changes that we have made to help you support the mission. You can find a link to the "Get 'em Outside" video on the homepage, as well as new badges to post on your organizations homepage that will show your support for No Child Left Inside  We will continue to maintain the site as a great place to get the latest information about the progress of the Act, the work of the Coalition and the national movement to get kids learning outdoors again.

National Get Outdoors Day: June 14

The first-ever National Get Outdoors Day is June 14 with special events taking place in dozens of communities across the country to raise awareness about the benefits of active time outdoors. To find out more about planned events, or to nominate a site for an event, please visit


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For more information about the Coalition,
please contact Abby Ybarra, grassroots coordinator,

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