We're hearing about all sorts of events in April that are being organized by C&NN Connect members, regional leaders, family clubs, natural leaders and natural teachers. We'd love to hear what you are thinking about or already have planned - a beach clean-up, a family hike, a week of science classes in a nearby creek?
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Erica, How cool! This space looks amazing - and love the bare feet! Look forward to seeing more photos and hearing about the April 9th Play Day. This is a great model - sure to inspire others.
Erica Quigley said:
We're so excited to share our NEW natural playspace with Boston families! We've got a stream where kids can build a dam, a dirt-digging area, a shelter-building spot, and much more. Come out anytime - it's free. We're having a Nature Play Date on Saturday, April 9: see info below.
At Mass Audubon's Boston Nature Center, we love to play! Drop in anytime to enjoy our new nature play area. Dig in the dirt, make a dam in the stream, or build a shelter. We'll have staff on hand to provide digging tools, musical instruments, and art activities. Unstructured outdoor play is a fun way to develop creativity and a deep connection to nature. While your children play, you can play alongside them or just relax in the seating area. We will also offer classes (fee required) about gardening for children and adults, as well as a program about the Asian Longhorned Beetle, a potential threat to local trees. This event is part of a nationwide, youth-led Children & Nature Network initiative to rally people of all ages to be active, have fun, and connect with nature. FREE. Check out our website for more info: www.massaudubon.org/Boston
Hi Leslie, great idea to collaborate with the Eco-Fair. Sounds amazing. Would love to see some photos and hear more as your events take place. We can feature the family-friendly Natural Service projects on the Natural Service group too!
Leslie Cook said:
In Jackson, WY, we are planning a Let's Get Outside (G.O.) event in conjunction with the annual EcoFair on April 23. Every year the EcoFair has exhibits, demonstrations, and vendors for adults and activities for kids. This year, the kids activities will be themed around Let's G.O. There will be geocaching, supervised free play, and child- & family-friendly Natural Service projects like building bird boxes and planting native seeds. We are excited for Let's G.O. to become a part of the EcoFair in Jackson!
Plans are also in the works for an event in Cheyenne on Earth Day. More to come on that event!
My favorite garlic mustard recipes:
Boil potatoes. Mash a little w/butter and cream. Add garlic mustard to wilt. Eat!
On pizza. In eggs. In salad. In tomato sauce over pasta or eggplant.
Avery Cleary said:
Lana, Sounds like a fun time in 'Pooh Country' - great way to play , serve and celebrate all in one! Look forward to hearing how it goes.
Lana Jerome said:
Here in the Ann Arbor, Michigan area, Grass Lake Sanctuary and REI are teaming up to tame the invasive garlic mustard in the magical area we call 'Pooh Country'. Families are invited to play, serve and celebrate with us Saturday, April 16 from 12 - 3 pm.
Pulling garlic mustard is easy and as we help the woods become healthy, we also connect ourselves to nature. I personally look forward to sharing my love of nature with 'kids of all ages'. We will explore the woods to see what plants have sprung up in Spring and finish with a tasty treat.
As the land steward, I feel excited that we are partnering with REI and Let's G.O.! Get Outside to help further the awareness of the wonders of nature through service.
GLS provides other ways to stay connected to nature. Everyone is invited to our annual 'Earth Connections Day' on June 25 as well as monthly volunteer days. We look forward to sharing this special place with you. Whether you live in the area or are visiting, we invite you to contact us to find out what is happening. E-mail me or check out our website www.grasslakesanctuary.org
Children and their grown-ups are being invited to Go Outside on Family Nature Day, April 17, at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. I know that most people think of buildings associated with museums, but we have a special environment for children to explore the natural world: the natural world. With 4 acres of oak woodland and Mission Creek to explore, we've added a place called The Museum Backyard where "kids can be kids." With trail markers that give parents permission to allow kids to build (forts, dens), search (for critters), listen (to nesting birds, rushing water, screaming red-shouldered hawks), create (mud pies), the Backyard is becoming a local favorite. We have boats to race down a water course requiring problem-solving and agility, buckets and water pumps - exploring cause and effect, fallen logs - encourages balance and observation, and a performance stage that allows kids to use their imagination and creativity.
In another outdoor area, children are provided with natural elements like shells, stones, seed pods, pine cones, drift wood, and flowers and encouraged to create Small Worlds - homes for elves, gnomes, or fairies hidden in out of the way spaces. The only problem we have is getting kids to leave! Parents feel safe with their children and are encouraged by staff and other parents to allow their children to get dirty, sometimes wet, and always happy. Children lose all sense of time as they follow their own sense of curiosity and allow nature to meet the needs that children didn't know existed.
We watch children who were previously afraid of all bugs overcome their fears when finding beetles in the compost piles. Kids strike up friendships with new children in pursuit of a goal - let's build a fort! Can I make mud pies with you? The look on kid faces is one of contentment, concentration, and purpose. Playing outside was never just playing. Nature was growing children. Given the opportunity, kids know how to be kids.
Hanna, that sounds really terrific - a joyous way to celebrate Arbor Day, nature, service, and community. Many thanks for all the organization you did to make this special day happen. I can't wait to hear more about it, both before and afterwards.
In fact, everyone's events sounds really wonderful and inspirational. Are you all registering them on the Let's G.O.! site? There's a link to it on the main page of this C&NN Connect forum. I recommend you all list your events. It will help you and us publicize them and will help us keep track of all the terrific Let's G.O.! events people are planning for April. Thanks again for all you're doing for your communities and to get children into nature.
Using the Power of Nature to Transform Urban Youth
3rd Annual LET'S G.O. (GET OUTDOORS) COMMUNITY CLEAN-UP in Albany, NY
Participants: Green Tech High Charter School, Men Of Model, Albany NAACP, Albany City School District, Community Volunteers and YOU
Saturday, April 2, 2011
Starting location: 744 Broadway
Stephan & Harriet Meyers Homestead
Elizabeth Street Park
Third Ave. Park (Livingston & Lake)
Community Raised-Bed Garden Lot (New Covenant Church - Clinton Ave.)
For more information and to sign-up as a volunteer…contact:
Brother Yusuf Burgess @ 518.330.901 or Tyrell Hughes @ 518.330.1333
Let's G.O. Fly a Kite!
Outside for A Better Inside, Lawrence Kansas will be sponsoring a Kite flying event to get Families Outside. Saturday, April 16th from 2:00 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. Children of all ages are invited to the Holcom Park Soccer Fields to fly their Kites. Kites may be made or purchased. There are several web sites that provide help with making kites. There will be prizes and lots of great outdoor fun!