There are many benefits to being outdoors, especially for little ones. There are books (Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle) and blogs (natureforkids.net and handbookofnaturestudy.blogspot.com) dedicated to this topic.
The Children & Nature Network is also trying to build a movement to reconnect children and nature. The website has lots of interesting information and resources.
One idea I liked was starting a parent and child nature club. We are surrounded by nature here in the North but as a mother of two (soon to be three) taking the little ones into nature can be daunting. Ideally, I'd like to spend at least half-an-hour outdoors with my little ones each day, no matter the weather... rain, snow, hail or shine. Of course, we're far from that goal these days. I blame the recent spell of freezing temperatures, the illnesses running through our home and the increasing largeness of my belly. Putting those things aside, I think that a group of nature exploring parents and children would help me out of my comfort zone of our yard-nearby park and into the vast forests that surround us.
What are your thoughts? Would you consider starting a Nature Club for Families?