Environmental Advocacy

Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights

The Department of Recreation & Human Services is looking for your input! Led by a group of empowered City youth, and in collaboration with a national effort sponsored by the Cities Connecting Children to Nature initiative, DRHS is working to develop a Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights (COBOR). The COBOR will be comprised of a list of activities that every child should have the opportunity to participate in before the age of 18. We are developing this list in hopes of engaging City youth and their families in conversations about the importance of connecting youth to nature at a young age, as well as to identify how we can improve equitable access to nature in the City of Rochester through City legislation. By engaging City leadership in the enacting of legislation, the community awareness and engagement with the initiative will increase. Additionally, legislation will ensure the long term support of allocating resources to maintaining a state of equity and access to all.


Take part in  in the conversation around why nature connection is important for everyone, and what we can do to increase access to nature in our neighborhoods. Clink here to to complete the Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights (COBOR) Community Survey.  



Department of Recreation & Human Services
Stephanie Benway, Environmental Education Specialist