TCiN- Coastal Bend is a network of organizations and individuals focused on creating access to nature, nature-based learning experiences and healthy living choices for youth and families. Research shows that children and families who learn and play in nature are Healthier, Happier and Smarter.
We envision that all Texas children and their families will spend more time outdoors, engaged in nature for a healthier and happier life. Nature Rocks Texas is one of our tools that we designed in partnership with our regional collaboratives, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center to help connect families to nature in their communities.
Research shows that children today are spending between 7-11 hours per day indoors, sedentary with media and only minutes per day playing outdoors. This disconnection with nature has ill effects on children and adults such as a rise in obesity, diabetes, depression, near-sightedness and attention deficit disorder. The good news is this is a solvable problem! Our 300 plus partners around state are working hard to create access to nature, develop curriculum that teaches kids about their natural world and helping break down the barriers that disconnect families from nature. We now know that children and families who play and learn in nature are Healthier, Happier and Smarter. For more information visit TexasChildreninNautre.org
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department supports the work of Texas Children in Nature to connect more children and families with nature. Our mission is to manage and conserve the natural and cultural resources of Texas and to provide hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation opportunities for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. We provide access to nature through our state parks, state natural areas and wildlife managment area, and we create outdoor opportunities for families with our outreach and education programs.