Children in the United States watch an average of about four hours of TV every day -- more time then they spend outdoors. To reconnect New Mexico children to nature, the state's Parks Division and Public Education Department have won funding from the legislature to launch an outdoor-classroom initiative. The pilot project will take most public-school fifth graders on a field trip to a state or national park or wilderness area during the 2007-08 school year. The funds will help pay for transportation to the outdoor classroom, teacher training, learning materials for students and more park-related educational programs. Officials cite recent research indicating outdoor education can increase student test scores, reduce discipline problems and build stewardship of state parks. Connecticut and Texas have also launched back-to-nature programs to reconnect kids with the outdoors. To learn more, call the New Mexico State Parks Division at 505-476-3355.