Louisville Is Engaging Children Outdoors

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Louisville ECHO: A West LouisvilleKY Outdoor Recreation Initiative

Louisville, KY., – The Natural Areas Division of Louisville (Kentucky) Parks is increasing equitable access to nature through its Louisville Is Engaging Children Outdoors (Louisville ECHO) initiative. The department is addressing social determinants of health by expanding environmental education and outdoor recreation programming within underserved communities, including communities of color in west Louisville, and the program has expanded steadily since its inception in 2008. “It’s become a holistic, multipartner initiative that’s creating “cradle-to-career” access to nature and green space for nearly 2,500 youth through complementary, age-appropriate activities, including nature play, school field trips, out-of-school time outdoor recreational programming and summer…