CHALLENGE: BE THE BEST SCHOOL IN OHIO FOR CONNECTING KIDS TO NATURE!
WHERE CHILDREN AND HAPPIER, HEALTHIER AND SMARTER!

Recipients of this award indicates an endorsement of support for the Ohio Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights and documents schools support to enable these rights listed 1-9 for children. Awarded by Miami Valley Leave No Child Inside and Dayton Regional Green with major collaboration by MVLNCI partners: Five Rivers MetroParks, Miami County Park District, Centerville–Washington Park District and Dayton Children’s Hospital.

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A door decal similar to this is awarded to all successful applicants along with a congratulatory letter from Miami Valley Leave No Child Inside Board. An optional banner is also provided pending self or sponsored funding. When filling out this form, action option statements ending in a # sign are referenced in the "Resources to help meet award criteria for schools." found on the MVLNCI website. http://bit.ly/MVLNCI
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MVLNCI acknowledges that without administrative support, staff efforts to connect children to nature at schools generally diminish over time. Please confirm this statement: The Principal supports the efforts to connect children to nature at this school. Please list the Principal's name below. *
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Background Video: "Why Children Need the Outdoors," inspired by Richard Louv's book "Last Child In the Woods" and the Children and Nature Network.
All teaching staff required to review the above four minute video, "Why Children Need the Outdoors." We acknowledge that our staff have reviewed this video *
Was there an organization, agency, school, individual etc. that encouraged you to participate in this certification process you wish to acknowledge? Please identify them.
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1. BE PHYSICALLY ACTIVE AND PLAY OUTSIDE EVERY DAY TO GROW UP HEALTHY.
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2. HAVE ACCESS TO SAFE, NATURAL GREEN SPACES IN THEIR COMMUNITY.
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3. CONNECT WITH NATURE, WITH FREE TIME TO EXPLORE THE OUTDOORS.
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4. DISCOVER THE WONDER OF PLANTS AND ANIMALS, LARGE AND SMALL, USING ALL FIVE SENSES.
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5. EXPLORE THE DIVERSITY OF OHIO'S NATURAL HABITATS.
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6. UNDERSTAND THE PATTERNS AND CYCLES IN NATURE.
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7. EXPERIENCE THE JOYS OF SPLASHING, PLAYING AND SWIMMING IN SAFE, CLEAN LAKES AND STREAMS.
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8. BE FULLY IMMERSED IN NATURE BY CAMPING OVERNIGHT.
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9. LEARN HOW TO GIVE BACK TO NATURE.
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