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About Us

Starting as the DeKalb County Connecting Children to Nature Coalition in February 2019, community leaders united over a shared passion: connecting children with nature. We became Kish Kids Outside in 2021 and in December 2023 officially became a 501c3 non-profit organization.

We are collective of passionate people who care about the health and wellbeing of our community by providing resources and opportunities for children to engage and connect with nature. 

How to Join

Local residents and community organizations are invited to contact us and join our alliance.


Members pledge to support the Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights.


Everyone is welcome to collaborate and share programs and resources.

Hands holding colorful leaves Image by Providence Doucet

Nature Partners

Local organizations such as schools, cities, scout troops, or religious groups can adopt the Children Outdoor Bill of Rights by linking, sharing, and adding Kish Kids Outside to their web and social pages.


Individuals can get involved, sign up for email updates, and follow us on social media.

Girl by the Tree


We are inspired by the Children and Nature Network founded by non-fiction author Richard Louv.


First published in 2005, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder influenced a movement to reconnect children to nature.


The term nature-deficit disorder describes the impacts that isolation from the natural world has on children and society.


A collection of research and resources is available at 

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