Mission Statement

To promote and support opportunities that encourage children to engage with and experience the outdoors.

Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights

With recent concerns about youth detachment form the outdoors, lack of physical exercise and increased health risks, Tennessee's Every Child Outdoors Coalition has adopted the Tennessee Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights (TCOBOR). A formal Resolution supporting the work of the ECO-TN Coalition and establishing the TCOBOR was unanimously passed by the Tennessee General Assembly in February 2010.

TOCBOR is a list of experiences from which every child in Tennessee would benefit. Studies document that children who engage in these activities are healthier, perform better in school, have better social skills and self-image, and lead more fulfilled lives.

The Tennessee Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights state that every child, before entering high school, should have the opportunity to:

  • Walk in the woods
  • Play outside
  • Explore nature
  • Watch wildlife
  • Grow a garden
  • Splash in the water
  • Camp under the stars
  • Learn to swim
  • Climb a tree
  • Go fishing
  • Fly a kite
  • Visit a farm


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