SPOTLIGHT ON: San Francisco Children’s Outdoor Bill Of Rights & SFUSD’s “Get Outside Week”
San Francisco Children’s Outdoor Bill Of Rights & SFUSD’s “Get Outside Week”.
by Lisa Wojcik, SFUSD Environmental Science Center. email@example.com
This past October, our city and county of San Francisco formally recognized that “…direct exposure to nature is a necessary component of a child’s physical and emotional wellbeing, and cognitive development” through enacting the “San Francisco Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights”.
This bill supports the 100,000+ children growing up in San Francisco, of which 55,000+ are enrolled with SFUSD. To help support our students participate in these experiences, SFUSD is supporting our first-ever “Get Outside Week” scheduled for April 20-24th 2015.
The following are the 10 experiences explicitly named in the bill, with supporting SFUSD opportunities highlighted. To read more about each experience, and to access more associated resources, click here.
- Explore all wild places in the city
- Harvest and eat a fruit or vegetable
- Plant a seed and watch it grow
- Visit and care for a local park
- Splash by the ocean or in the bay
- Play in the sand or mud
- Discover urban wildlife
- Sleep under the stars
- Our own SFUSD Environmental Science Center (ESC) houses one of the only two permitted camping spots within San Francisco. ESC camping is available for SFUSD elementary school groups. While registration is full for 2014-15, our April science department newsletter will open registration for 2015-16. If you are looking for something for secondary students, Camping in the Presidio houses the only other camping spot within our city, and is open to PK-12.
- Climb a tree
- Ride a bike
If you are interested in how to get your school more involved with Get Outside Week, or other resources that may exist to help you support these efforts, contact WojcikL@sfusd.edu.