Losing access to nature during pandemic, effects on Black and Latinx families

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La Shari Robinson has wanted to take her son King to the beaches, which have reopened. But she still won’t risk the trip due to COVID-19. Photo by Deepa Fernandes.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many nature programs have shut down due to statewide budget shortfalls. Some Black and Latinx families lost access to nature. The time indoors can affect a child’s physical and mental health. But perhaps there's a solution when schools reopen: outdoor classrooms.