About Leave No Child Inside – FunOutside2016-11-12T14:24:20+00:00

About the LNCI Initiative

seed collectionThe LNCI initiative brings to the broad community the awareness of a very important children’s health issue, that being time spent outdoors in nature is critical to a child’s healthy cognitive, physical, social and emotional development.

We are very fortunate in the greater Barrington and Lake Zurich area to have so many local natural venues and conservation organizations, all of which have some part of their missions to connect children with nature.

Whether its looking, listening, smelling or touching nature through simply play outdoors or learning about nature through child-friendly nature activities, we owe it to our children and the future of our environment to connect them together. Children and nature growing healthy together is what the initiative is all about


The initiative envisions a future in which the families and communities of the greater Barrington and Lake Zurich areas support healthy child development through nature-based activities and play.


The initiative aims to get children outside in nature-based activities and play, by fostering family and community awareness and support.

KidFest is our free annual family-oriented event for the community.  The event is usually held in early June at Citizen’s Park in Barrington to coincide with Leave No Child Inside month.  Past KidFest events have included over twenty-five activities ranging from a Community Kite Fly to tree climbing, an archaeological dig, bug-a-palooza and pod critter collecting to name a few.

Past sponsors of Kidfest include the Barrington Breakfast Rotary Club, the Barrington Park District, and Leave No Child Inside of the Greater Barrington and Lake Zurich area. sponsored the free, family-oriented event.

Watch FunOutside.org for updates on the next KidFest event!

We’re thankful for the wonderful volunteers who make the annual KidFest event possible. If you’d like to share your time or talents with Leave No Child Inside then we’d like to hear from you.  We also welcome support from the local business community.

You can reach us via email at [email protected].

Become A Partner

Members of the Leave No Child Inside initiative of the Greater Barrington and Lake Zurich Area share a common goal that our local children grow up with a strong connection to nature and because of this connection are healthier and have a desire to become its stewards.

We help foster this connection by increasing local awareness regarding the importance of access to nature for healthy childhood development, and by welcoming families to explore our member organizations’ extraordinary open spaces and nature-based educational programs. One such program is our effort to combine the Barrington School District 220 second grade science curriculum with a hands-on outdoor field trip to experience complete and incomplete metamorphosis, collect scientific data, along with catching and releasing insects.

To learn more about becoming a partner in our efforts, please contact Pat Winkelman at [email protected].

As part of the international Leave No Child Inside initiative, we work to connect children and nature in our community.  If you’d like to support our efforts in the greater Barrington and Lake Zurich areas, you can send a check made Leave No Child Inside to the address below:

Attn: Pat Winkelman
Leave No Child Inside
21540 Inglenook Lane
Deer Park, IL 60010

If you have questions, please contact Pat Winkelman at [email protected]

Our Team

Pat Winkleman
Pat Winkleman
Pat has been active in community nature based activities for over 20 years. She’s a Deer Park resident and enjoys watching the faces of children light up when they’re exposed to nature. Pat helps out by managing .
Susan Lenz
Susan Lenz
Susan has been active in community nature based activities for over 20 years. She’s a Barrington resident and provides educational programs for Barrington District 220 and the Barrington Area Conservation Trust.
Denise Devereux Peters
Denise Devereux Peters
Denise has been active in community nature based activities for over 10 years. She’s a Barrington resident and is local artist and has worked closely with the Barrington White House.
Sam Oliver
Sam Oliver
Sam been active in community nature based activities for many years. She’s a long time Barrington resident and is involved with BADC, CFC and many other local Barrington area organizations.