The Children in Nature Challenge was created by an executive order, signed by Gov. Nixon, to challenge Missouri communities to take action and educate children about nature. Communities increase opportunities for children to experience nature and the outdoors.
"Children benefit physically, mentally and even spiritually by reconnecting with nature, and we need to provide them with the opportunities to do so," said Georganne Nixon, First Lady of Missouri. "We are pleased to announce that the cities of Des Peres and Jackson have successfully completed the challenge."
Communities must meet several criteria to complete the challenge. This includes increasing awareness of opportunities to connect to nature; providing outdoor activities and events; enhancing and creating outdoor areas; encouraging the use of nature-based curriculum in schools; and partnering with local organizations and businesses to connect children with nature.
Des Peres and Jackson will be formally recognized for their efforts in the spring of 2012. For more information about the challenge, visit Mo.Gov.