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Kids in the Outdoors
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We have provided links to web resources that contain detailed information and solutions for you and your family.

Much of the information comes from Oregon's Department of Human Services (DHS) and Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) as well as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other local and national resources.


Overview of Toxins in the Environment 

There are many chemical and environmental health risk that common in your child's environment.

  • The National Library of Medicine's Tox Town offers an introduction to toxic chemicals and environmental health risks you might encounter in everyday life and in everyday places.
  • Children's Health Protection Website (EPA) - Get up-to-date information about potential threats to children's environmental health in the outdoors and learn about the steps parents can take to protect their children. Scientific data, regulations, and publications are also provided.


Pesticides can be beneficial, but they can be very dangerous to children if they are not used or stored properly. Adults who work on farms have an increased risk for exposure to pesticides and are likely to bring pesticide residue into the home where children can be exposed.

Hazardous Waste Sites 

An estimated 3 to 4 million American children live within one mile of at least one hazardous waste site and often have greater exposure and greater potential for health problems.

Fish Contaminants

Both fish you catch and the fish you buy at the store may contain contaminants that could harm you and your children.

  • Oregon's fish consumption guidelines - Learn about the the types and amounts of fish that should be eaten by children, pregnant women, and adults. This site also contains tips on how to safely prepare the fish you eat.

Blue-green Algae 

Algae blooms can produce toxins that can cause several health problems and children are at greater risk.

Beach Water Quality Information 

Exposure to increased levels of bacteria in marine water can lead to gastrointestinal illness, rashes, and respiratory infections. Children are at greater risk.

Diesel and other Air Quality Issues

Exposure to diesel and other air pollutants can cause serious health effects and exacerbate existing respiratory disease.