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Assembly Bill 209 (Limón) — AB-209 Parks: environmental education: grant program.
Passed Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee
CSPF's Position: Support
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On March 12, the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee heard and passed Assembly Bill 209 with strong support. AB 209, which was introduced by Assemblymember Monique Limón this year, works to give more of California’s youth the opportunity to have enriched, meaningful experiences in the outdoors, fostering the future generation of empowered park stewards.
Not all Californians have this opportunity, and those experiencing and visiting state parks don’t reflec the diversity of the entire state. This is especially true for youth – who at a national level spend less time outside than prison inmates, playing freely outside for just four to seven minutes a day on average, according to the recent report The Path Ahead. Additional research shows that children spend half as much time outside today as youth did 20 years ago.
Assembly Bill 209 will now move to the Assembly’s Appropriations Committee.
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