COPY-Mo. to co-sponsor kids in nature conference

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A coalition of St. Louis area organizations is holding a conference later this month aimed at encouraging children to spend more time in natural settings.

The "No Child Left Inside Conference" will be held March 31 at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. It's sponsored by the Gateway Children's Nature Connection, a group of organizations that help parents reconnect children with nature.

The Missouri Department of Conservation is a co-sponsor of the event. The department says the disconnection of children from the natural world is a growing concern among parents, educators and mental and physical health professionals.

The conference is open to educators, youth leaders and parents of young children.

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