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Let's G.O.! Signature events are happening all month across the country.You can read about them here as they happen.

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Read about the event on our website.

http://kidsandnature.org/blog/?p=1672

 

Also, our intern created a video of the day:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7S8Zd2pLF8&list=UUbqV2AcLLHAA3q...

That's wonderful Alice! Thanks for sharing :)

In Baltimore we have begun to host Docs in the Park events at different parks around the city.  These events are designed to fill everyone's prescription for a dose a daily outdoor activity.  Healthcare professionals are available throughout the day to consult with people in attendance about the importance of fitness and give some professional advice. They also participate in all the fun activities we have: nature hikes, build your own hula-hoop, wildlife expos, volleyball, kickball, pogo stick races and more.  We are working to create one every month in Baltimore. In March we were in Gwynns Falls / Leakin Park; in April we'll be in Patterson Park; and in May we'll be in Herring Run Parks!  All day , all fun, for any age, and with a doctors prescription to boot.  Let's G.O. !!

Kids In the Valley, Adventuring! hosted a picnic spot as part of Roanoke, Virginia's local Earth Day Celebration for Let's Go! (Get Outside) 2012. Their picnic spot featured patchwork blankets for snacking on ClifKid Bars, a reading tent for shady enjoyment of nature-themed books and a Nature Explorer station with magnifying glasses, bug catchers and field guides. Additionally, parents and children were given materials and instructions on participating in the ClifKid Great Backyard Game contest.  Families enjoyed escaping the hustle of Earth Day festivities to rest and regroup together at KIVA's picnic area. Local retailer Walkabout Outfitters generously donated picnic items for the event and ClifKid generously donated ClifKid Bars, which were gobbled up by hungry nature enthusiasts.

The beautiful foothills of an unincorporated community, Altadena, served as the backdrop to this year’s Let`s G.O.! Jackson. Parents, teachers, alumni and local community representatives came together to Play, Serve, and Celebrate.

Our beautiful Saturday morning kicked off with a series of team builder initiatives led by Juvenescent Moments. Kids and adults alike participated in “Fly by Tag.” Smiles and laughter were in abundance, as the competitive side of adults became apparent. The action continued as participants rotated through the play stations.  “Sponge ball Water Fill Up” was a big hit in the 80 plus degree weather.

As the day progressed, students and parents took a rest under the shade and were able to create “recycled art” facilitated by The Armory Center for the Art in Pasadena. Kids created magnetic masterpieces.

The entire group came together to plant a garden. A few weeks prior to our event, Jackson Elementary School became the recipient of the Muhammad Ali Center Peace Garden grant.  With that and other generous donations from Tree People and Gardens made Green, we were able to transform a vacant lot. Neighbors Acting Together Helping All (NATHA) partnered with us to assure community support. NATHA’s Youth Leadership Group (YLG) provided freshly squeezed lemonade to our participants. The YLG also helped plant a few lemons trees that will later provide organic lemons to help their youth-owned and -operated business, “Lemonade Brigade”, grow. The gardening effort continued well past lunch time -- volunteers of all ages planted citrus trees, spread mulch, and added 3 new beds of lettuce, tomatoes, herbs, and strawberries to the garden.  We also planted artichokes, rosemary, lavender, grapes, kiwis, and sage along the garden fence.  We were lucky to have such an amazing group of folks young and wise come together and create a fabulous edible garden. We even had 44th District Assembly Member, Anthony Portantino dig right in.

As a Natural Leader my intention for this year’s Let`s G.O! event, was to create an opportunity for my community to simply reconnect to nature.  I am proud to say that we have created a space to do just that. With the great support of the PTA, the local community center NATHA and the Children & Nature Network we had one successful day outdoors and we'll have many, many more.

 

Lizbeth G. Williams

Natural Leaders Network

 

 

Loving the photos!

Michael Flannigan Dorsey said:

In Baltimore we have begun to host Docs in the Park events at different parks around the city.  These events are designed to fill everyone's prescription for a dose a daily outdoor activity.  Healthcare professionals are available throughout the day to consult with people in attendance about the importance of fitness and give some professional advice. They also participate in all the fun activities we have: nature hikes, build your own hula-hoop, wildlife expo's, volleyball, kickball, pogo stick races and more.  We are working to create one every month in Baltimore. In March we were in Gwynns Falls / Leakin Park, April we'll be in Patterson Park, and May will be in Herring Run Parks!  All day , all fun, for any age, and with a doctors prescription to boot.  Let's G.O. !!

The 19th annual Tenoroc Youth Fishing Derby was held in celebration of Florida’s free fishing weekend.  Over fifteen exhibitors provided games and activities that highlighted conservation-related outdoor activities, such as hiking, bird watching, boating, geocaching, and many more.  Hands-on fishing was offered throughout the event, complimented by a casting contest, fish printing, and a fish egg hunt.  Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission staff was be on hand conducting K-9 demonstrations and biologist talks.  This event stressed partnerships among organizations who strive to “create the next generation that cares” about getting kids active outdoors.


The Anglers for Conservation would like to send our sincere thank you to all the parents, volunteers, sponsors and registrars for your support of Fish Earth Day - Hook Kids on Fishing this past April, held at various locations throughout the state of Florida. A total of 2370 kids, parents and volunteers took part at the following locations: Fort Pierce, Hobe Sound, Jacksonville, Merritt Island, Orlando, Palm Bay, Punta Gorda, Satellite Beach, Sebastian, St. Marks, Tarpon Springs, Titusville and the Escambia.

The AFC became a catalyst for many like-minded folks which made this a very successful event. Even though we had cloudy, overcast Saturday mornings during Earth Week (April 14 - April 23), luck was definitely on our side weather-wise when it dried up for these 3-hour programs throughout the state. Please like us Facebook right now and see all the Fish Earth Day photos, upcoming events and information.

Inside the Outdoors and the Newport Bay Conservancy hosted the 22nd Annual Earth Day at the Bay on April 22, 2012.  It was a huge success!  We had over 2,500 individuals join in the festivities throughout the day!  We had over 25 vendor booths from local outdoor, environmental, and animal education groups there to share their knowledge and engage the community.  There were also environmental crafts, face painting, storytelling and many more kid friendly activities.  Families could become environmental stewards for the day by volunteering to help restore the native habitat by planting native plants and removing non-natives.  Together we planted 300 native plants throughout the day and cleared over an acre lot of non-native plant species!  Thanks to everyone who made this day possible and Let's G.O.! 

Unplug and Be Outside was a weeklong community event held April 21-28, 2012 in various cities throughout Idaho. During this weeklong event, children and families were encouraged to “get off the couch and get active”. Be Outside, Idaho! partners offered FREE activities for children, such as fishing, nature walks, nature art projects, bike rides, and much more! Children were given a passport card and if they attended three or more events there were entered into a drawing to win great prizes. Here are some photos from our event. Let’s G.O.!

 

 

Earth Stroll in San Francisco drew 650-700 people formally attending, with additional participants bringing the number to exceed 1,000.There was something for everyone, with beach balls bouncing around Crissy Field and the Create With Nature Zone for Let's G.O.!

The San Francisco Bay and Golden Gate Bridge provided a beautiful backdrop for the event and the weather was warm and sunny. Kids built forts, made nests, and climbed trees, while younger ones were content to play with sand and water for long periods of time. We caught sight of Nooshin Razani, a pediatrician, dancing with her father as he created a nature sculpture with his granddaughter. Families were relaxing and enjoying being together while the children played - a wonderful scene.

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