It used to be that the end of summer meant the end of endless hours of outdoor play time, but now kids are playing indoors year round. Parents and schools need to step up and help kids achieve a better balance.

NWF’s Kevin Coyle released a new report today which documents existing research about how added outdoor time and outdoor education consistently boost a child’s academic performance. The report shares tips for parents and caregivers who want more outdoor time for their kids. You can download Back to School: Back Outside! by visiting

Many schools already implement outdoor education during the school day. What are schools doing in your state? Check out our new interactive map to see all registered Eco-Schools in the country…the list is always growing! Visit to learn more about this international program.