02 Dec Tread Lightly! Unveils Newly Re-Designed Outdoor Education Website for Kids
SALT LAKE CITY, UT (December 6, 2013) In a national effort to engage children in outdoor education, the nonprofit organization Tread Lightly! has re-vamped TreadLightlyKids.org—a website designed to help kids learn to recreate responsibly in the outdoors.
“With increasing concerns about childhood obesity and nature deficit disorder, there has never been a more critical time to connect children with the great outdoors,” says Tread Lightly!’s director, Lori McCullough. “We hope this site will help launch kids from the computer straight onto their trails.”
The newly re-designed site offers fun, interactive word games, trivia, coloring pages and other activities teaching children the importance of safe and environmentally responsible outdoor recreation.
The site also features Tread Lightly!’s squirrel mascot Lightfoot™. Kids can join Lightfoot’s Kid’s Club to receive additional educational information and activities via their parent’s email address.
“If we don’t equip kids now with some essential principles—like staying on the trail and wearing a helmet when riding— it may be too late when they become adults,” says McCullough. “Adults’ engrained behaviors are much more difficult to change.”
Another facet of the site is the downloadable educational materials adults can use to guide discussions and lessons about responsible and safe recreation with children. These span a variety of age groups from elementary school age and up.
The site can be found at www.tlkids.org.
Tread Lightly! is a national nonprofit organization with a mission to promote responsible recreation through ethics education and stewardship programs. Tread Lightly!’s educational message, along with its unique training and restoration initiatives are strategically designed to instill an ethic of responsibility in outdoor enthusiasts and the industries that serve them. The program is long-term in scope with a goal to balance the needs of the people who enjoy outdoor recreation with our need to maintain a healthy environment. Tread Lightly!’s award-winning materials, programs and services are solutions to some of the nation’s most pressing recreation issues. Individuals and businesses can commit to Tread Lightly! and protect outdoor access by becoming a member at www.treadlightly.org.