Did you know that there is a County of Santa Clara Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights? What are the Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights?
In the County of Santa Clara, every child has the right to:
- Feel welcome, safe, and protected outdoors.
- Celebrate the cultural diversity of our communities.
- Climb a local mountain.
- Plant a seed and eat locally grown food.
- Learn to swim, stomp in puddles, and play in safe water.
- Protect our diverse habitats and wildlife.
- Explore miles of Bay Area trails on safe and accessible routes.
- Play in parks, schoolyards, and open spaces near their homes.
- Camp under the stars.
- Visit a farm.
As indicated in the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department's website, there is a strong connection between time spent outdoors and overall health. The Health Department recommends exploring outdoor spaces in your neighborhood. Observe wildlife from a porch or driveway, take a small walk, or visit a park or outdoor space as part of your daily routine.
What is one way Santa Clara County Library District can help you fulfill the Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights? If you are close to Gilroy or Morgan Hill libraries, check out a nature daypack to explore your backyard, local park, or County park! What is in the nature daypacks?
|Zomake ultra lightweight hiking backpack|
|Binoculars for kids|
|First aid kit|
|Tracks guidebook of North America|
|Birds guidebook of Northern California|
|Wildflowers guide of Santa Clara County|
Check-out Santa Clara County park vouchers at Gilroy and Morgan Hill libraries for free parking for the day at a County Park. The nature daypacks and Santa Clara County park vouchers may be checked out for three weeks with no renewals or holds. Go to the circulation desks for these items.
Click on Santa Clara County Parks for more information about the locations of the parks and activities available.
Thank you, Santa Clara County Parks, for providing County park vouchers at the library for check-out.
Thank you to the California State Library and U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services for providing funds for the nature daypacks under the Libraries Outside grant.
This program was supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.
The opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services or the California State Library, and no official endorsement by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services or the California State Library should be inferred.