Policy Update

Georgia Creates Outdoor Learning Committee



NCEL Point of Contact

Dylan McDowell
Executive Director

A Georgia Interim Committee Will Look at Opportunities to Expand Access to Outdoor Learning

The Georgia Senate recently adopted a resolution to create an Outdoor Learning Study Committee. The bipartisan resolution, sponsored by Sen. Sheikh Rahman, creates a committee to look at issues and needs associated with outdoor learning and issue recommendations. The committee is also encouraged to work with state experts such as local universities and state departments. 

There are at least 15 bills across the country to increase outdoor education opportunities for youth.

Similar efforts include an Outdoor Recreation and Education Study Committee in Nebraska (LB605), a Task Force to promote Outdoor Classrooms in New Mexico (SM1), and environmental education and youth task force provisions in the New Hampshire omnibus bill (SB148).  The pandemic has underscored the need for access to green space and many states are working to incorporate nature into the regular curriculum.

For more information about outdoor education and engagement, visit ncelenviro.org/issues/outdoor-engagement