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Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation Hosts Author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder
Date:2/8/2010

nature, including the health benefits, the learning and the spiritual development," said Penelope McPhee, president of The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation. "Spending time in safe, outdoor spaces is a necessary ingredient to a robust life."

The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation and two of its affiliated funds, the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation and the Mountain Sky Guest Ranch Fund, have invested more than $40 million to increase access to great outdoor spaces in the City of Atlanta, to get kids more engaged in physical activity across Georgia, and to promote youth development through connections with the natural environment in Montana.

For 2010, the Blank Family Foundation and its affiliated funds are committing up to $200,000 for new grant investments that help more children engage with the outdoors. As part of this effort, concurrent with the Richard Louv Speaker Series event the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation is announcing the following grants:

Piedmont Park Conservancy, Atlanta, GA

$2,500 to provide students from Title I schools with at least 20 scholarships to Piedmont Park's 2010 summer day camp, EnviroVentures, which focuses on natural experiences within the park.

Park Pride, Atlanta, GA

$12,000 to provide neighborhood parks groups in Atlanta with equipment and resources to engage children in outdoor activities, including bird watching and astronomy, in city parks.

"Parks are an inexpensive, easy and fun tool for promoting health and strengthening the connections kids h
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