NEEF's new teen survey now available!

teen environment graphicWhether it’s lowering stress, improving our health, or creating important social connections, the benefits to spending time outdoors are well documented and undeniable. Yet a new survey from NEEF finds that although teens overwhelmingly recognize that time outdoors can make them healthier (92 percent) and happier (88 percent), 80 percent of teens surveyed say they prefer to spend time indoors.

To ensure the wellbeing of the earth and its people, we need more Americans actively using environmental knowledge in their daily lives—including our future leaders. To achieve this, it is imperative that more young people embrace the outdoors. Fortunately, the survey also identified important messengers when it comes to encouraging more kids to spend time outside: parents and teachers.

Today, NEEF is releasing highlights from its 2017 Youth Survey. We encourage you to share findings from the survey with your members and other interested audiences. To help, we created the attached toolkit, which features a factsheet from the survey, suggested talking points, and graphics you can use to connect with parents, educators, and others who directly influence teens and the way they relate to the environment.

For additional facts from the survey and other resources, please visit

For additional information, please contact Patrick Deavy, NEEF’s senior director of special projects, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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