SF Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights
The San Francisco Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights (SFCOBR) represents a commitment to all children growing up in San Francisco. Proclaiming that it is every child’s right to:
- Feel welcome, safe, and protected outdoors
- Explore all the wild places in the City
- Harvest and eat a fruit or vegetable
- Plant a seed and watch it grow
- Visit and care for a local park
- Splash in the ocean or bay
- Play in the sand & mud
- Discover urban wildlife
- Sleep under the stars
- Climb a tree
- Ride a bike
SF Children & Nature aims to make it relevant to and realized for all.
2007 | Governor Schwarzenegger signed a proclamation supporting the California Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights which outlines opportunities every child should experience between the ages of four and 14, including to discover California’s past, learn to swim, play on a team, follow a trail, catch a fish and celebrate their heritage.
2011 | Inspired by the California Bill, leaders of the San Francisco Children & Nature Forum began to develop a local urban version for San Francisco with input from community gatherings.
2014 | On October 18, the City and County of San Francisco signed a resolution in support of the San Francisco Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights recognizing that “direct exposure to nature is a necessary component of a child’s physical and emotional wellbeing, and cognitive development.”
2016 | SF Children & Nature added an 11th right, the right for all children in the city to feel welcome, safe, and protected outdoors