Children who are indoors all the time are more likely to engage only in sedentary activities and be less fit. That can lead to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and other direct negative consequences to their health.
The Recreation Division has long recognized what research has now confirmed: just being outside has a remarkable rejuvenating and calming effect that can reduce hyperactivity in children. In response to the recent trend away from outside play, Recreation developed the Full Moon Rising program that teaches science, technology, engineering, and mathematics curriculum of the outdoors in local schools and then, depending on the season, takes the children tree climbing, rock climbing, boating, or sledding.
It was also at the urging of the Recreation Division that the Oregon Recreation & Park Association launched the OCOBOR initiative. It guarantee the right of every Oregon child to: follow a trail, go boating, camp out under the stars, learn to swim, walk barefoot on the beach, climb a tree, observe animals in their habitat, catch a fish, play in a nearby park, and explore Oregon’s culture and history.