Get Outdoors Anchorage
“Nature deficit disorder is not an official diagnosis but a way of viewing the problem, and describes the human costs of alienation from nature, among them: diminished use of the senses, attention difficulties, and higher rates of physical and emotional illnesses. The disorder can be detected in individuals, families, and communities.”
-Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods
The Anchorage Park Foundation is an active partner in the Get Outdoors Anchorage Coalition, a group of government agencies and community organizations determined to reconnect the Anchorage community with its outdoor spaces and recreation opportunities.
Coalition members include:
- Anchorage Parks & Recreation
- Alaska Department of Fish & Game
- U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
- National Park Service
- National Wildlife Federation
- Girl Scouts
- Alaska Geographic
For a list of outdoor recreation activities offered by the Parks & Recreation Department, see the Activity Guide, a list of programming released every four months.
To explore the outdoors in Anchorage, find your local parks in the Anchorage Parks Directory. For ideas on outdoor recreation throughout the state, check out the Get Outdoors- It’s yours! website for a list of public lands and recreation facilities.
The Anchorage Park Foundation and the Get Outdoors Coalition are part of a national dialogue on reconnecting Americans with the outdoors. For more resources specifically on children in the outdoors, please visit the Children & Nature Network.