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*The NCLI Coalition extends its thanks to the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection for the use of "No Child Left Inside."

2015 Update

March 9, 2015 (National Journal)
Take the Classroom Outdoors
Rep. John Sarbanes of Maryland is ginning up state and local educators' interest in environmental training simply by introducing a bill.
What a difference introducing a bill makes. Rep. John Sarbanes of Maryland is a rank-and-file Democrat in the House. As such, he doesn't have much power. Yet he has managed to stir up nationwide interest in educating kids about the environment simply by proposing legislation. Read more

2014 Update

On July 16, 2013, Senator Jack Reed (RI) and Congressman John Sarbanes (MD) reintroduced the bipartisan No Child Left Inside (NCLI) Act into the 113th Congress, with 13 Senate cosponsors and 42 in the House. CBF and partners in the NCLI Coalition worked closely with our legislative sponsors in updating the bill language to reflect the fact that many states have already developed plans for environmental literacy and now need support for effective implementation. We were pleased to have Republican co-sponsorship of the bill in both chambers in light of current partisan rancor.

The intent of the NCLI Act is to amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) to provide support for environmental literacy programs in public education. While ESEA has not yet been taken up on the floor of either chamber, the Senate draft reported out of committee contains strong language in support of federal funds for environmental education and our champions on the Senate and House committees have assured us they are prepared to offer amendments to any version of ESEA that would embed the principles of the NCLI Act into the final education bill.

We continue to closely monitor this process and pursue all opportunities to work with our sponsors and coalition partners to build on our success and pursue additional opportunities to advance environmental literacy through ESEA.

Rep. Sarbanes' Environmental Literacy Message

U.S. Representative John Sarbanes Thank you Representative Sarbanes for your continued support of the No Child Left Inside movement.  Watch his video message about environmental literacy.




A young boy and adult woman plant a tree at a CBF volunteer event.

Support the NCLI Coalition

You can now make online donations to support the advocacy work of the NCLI Coalition! Please consider contributing to NCLI this holiday season—what better gift can we give to our children and grandchildren than the opportunity to learn, play, and explore their natural world through environmental and outdoor education? Donations can be made anytime. 


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No Child Left Inside


The No Child Left Inside® Coalition is composed of environmental, educational, and public health organizations, businesses, civic organizations and other public enterprises, all dedicated to ensuring a comprehensive education for all.