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State Parks & Reservoirs > Indiana Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights Indiana Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights

boys playingGovernor Pence's Proclamation: Kids to Parks Day, May 17

It is our goal to encourage Indiana’s children to participate in outdoor activities and discover their heritage. Numerous studies have shown that children who participate in outdoor activities are healthier, do better in school, have better social skills, a stronger self-image and lead more fulfilled lives.

We believe that all Indiana children are entitled to experience these activities in the outdoors, regardless of ability.

Here is a list of 11 items to help get Indiana kids outdoors. After they complete all of the items on the list, print out the Hoosier Outdoor Child certificate for them.

  1. Explore and play outdoors in a safe place.
  2. Follow a trail and discover native plants, wildlife and history. 
  3. Experience traditional outdoor activities like fishing or hunting.
  4. Discover and celebrate Indiana’s past.
  5. Camp under the stars.
  6. Climb a tree.
  7. Visit a farm.
  8. Plant a seed or tree and watch it grow.
  9. Splash and play in streams, lakes and ponds.
  10. Enjoy the outdoors using all the senses.
  11. Ask questions, find answers and share nature with a friend.

Become an official HOOSIER OUTDOOR CHILD!

Complete all of the items on the checklist and you can become an official Hoosier Outdoor Child!

Guiding Purpose and Plan for the Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights

The creation of the Indiana Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights will:

  • Result in more Indiana youth and families benefiting from outdoor recreation experiences.
  • Create a uniting message regarding youth and families in the outdoors for federal, state, county, municipal, non-profit,Indiana Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights logo and for profit agencies.
  • Result in more informal collaborations and formal partnerships between all involved agencies and organizations.
  • Promote an increase in family health and wellness.
  • Increase future stewardship of outdoor resources on public and private lands.
  • Increase the overall quality of life for Indiana’s youth and families.
  • Highlight the abundant natural resources and recreation opportunities available in Indiana.

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