Children today are suffering from the effects of inadequate time spent exploring the
outdoors, contributing to such behavioral and health problems as depression, attention deficit
disorder, obesity, diabetes, and others. As a society we need to offer more opportunities for
children to spend time bonding with nature. The pilot afterschool program, Children of the
Chesapeake, addresses these problems and, if expanded, has the potential to benefit both the
environment and the participating families in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.