Adults & Families

In Last Child in the Woods - Saving our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder, author Richard Louv links the absence of nature in our wired children's lives with the rise in obesity, attention disorders and depression.

Teaching children about wildlife, especially if you can get outside in nature, also moves them closer to caring about wildlife and their habitats.

For their own well being and for that of our precious natural world, children need opportunities to learn about, personally interact with and experience nature.

In Your Backyard offers scores of great ideas, from attracting and counting butterflies to investigating a dead log. Read together about How to Live With Wildlife.

Fishing is a great way to get outdoors with your youngster and bring home dinner too! The Take a Kid Fishing section has locations and tips to get you and your child out on the water. Live in south Florida? Learn about urban fishing opportunities in The City Fisher newsletter

Learn fishing skills and conservation ethics by participating in a Kids' Saltwater Fishing Clinic or one of our many other Saltwater Fishing Programs

Check out our Manatee and Sea Turtle Watch sites for exciting wildlife viewing and outdoor recreational opportunities.

The Wings Over Florida Junior Birder Program is a free awards program that encourages young birders to sharpen their skills by identifying as many birds as they can within the state and provides resources for teachers.

If your family enjoys a hunting heritage then another great way to spend time in the woods with a child is through FWC's Youth Hunting Program. One goal of the program is to give youth an initial, positive, safe and educational mentored hunting experience. You may also consider a hunter safety class with your child.

The Fish and Wildlife Research Institute offers MarineQuest, an annual event that gives students a close-up look at the fascinating world of marine science.

The Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network External Website (FYCCN) aims to uphold Florida's outdoor heritage by educating and empowering youth and families with outdoor know-how and conservation concepts. We're Creating the Next Generation That Cares!TM Do you want to join the adventure too?

FWC Facts:
Programs such as Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs© have successfully reduced the potential for youth attraction to dangerous lifestyles.

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