No Child Left Inside Coalition

The No Child Left Inside Act of 2007 (HR 3036/S 1981) was introduced to enhance the No Child Left Behind Law (NCLB) by strengthening its focus on environmental education. NCLB requires that teachers spend the majority of their time on reading and math, thus limiting or cutting completely the amount of environmental education that can take place in schools, to the detriment of environmental literacy. The global challenges we face today make environmental literacy more critical than ever.

Update: Help Zoo Atlanta call on Congress to pass the No Child Left Inside (NCLI) Act! Below is a link to a petition encouraging Congress to pass NCLI. Signing the petition will give individuals and organizations like Zoo Atlanta the chance to take action and have our voices heard in Washington, D.C. - please consider participating! Thank you for your help-we are making great progress!

Please sign the online petition encouraging Congress to pass NCLI!

The No Child Left Inside amends the NCLB Law by:

  • Providing federal funding for teacher training in environmental education
  • Providing federal funding to states creating environmental literacy plans
  • Encouraging school systems, administrators and teachers to make time and resources available for environmental education
  • Including environmental education across all disciplines
  • Encouraging use of the environment as an extension of the classroom. 

A nationwide coalition of over 400 environmental and conservation organizations, businesses, public health organizations and outdoor recreation groups, the No Child Left Inside Coalition supports the belief that students should receive a strong education about their natural world. The Coalition’s most recent success is an approval of an amended version of the Act by the House Education and Labor committee.

Zoo Atlanta has joined the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and zoos and aquariums nationwide in supporting the environmental education efforts addressed by No Child Left Inside.

Help Zoo Atlanta support the Coalition.

  • Learn more about the No Child Left Inside Act. Visit for more information.
  • Share what you’ve learned with friends and family.
  • Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper explaining why you support the Act.