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Check out the amazing array of Signature Events happening in April for Let’s G.O.! (Get Outside) 2012

We are inspired by the variety of fabulous events being offered in April as part of Let's G.O.! (Get Outside). 

Signature Events are planned in:

North Carolina
Florida (2)
California (3)

Play Date Columbus is a day when children from all neighborhoods will come to the park to play. Not to engage in an organized sport or stand around waiting for adults to tell them what to do, but just to PLAY. Unstructured play in a natural setting has been shown to be the best exercise for children, as well as to improve their academic and social skills. At 2 p.m. there will be a press conference announcing the Let’s G.O.! website of April activities and events and encouraging families to browse for and register for events and outdoor service projects. Elected officials will emphasize our local parks and active living initiatives to showcase a healthy and active state.

Host:The Leave No Child Inside Central Ohio Collaborative

Location:Downtown Park in Columbus

Date:March 31, 2012

Contact: Alice Hohl   alice@kidsandnature.org                    


Moving on Up - The Trees and Class of 2020

The 4thgrade class will celebrate their completion of elementary school and moving on to middle school by giving back to nature by planting trees, learning about our local natural resources and experiencing local recreation opportunities.  Older students, teachers and community members will participate in the celebration. Pine Island, Minnesota is a community that has many natural amenities within walking distance of the school.  The river, park and trail can all be seen from the school, whether you’re inside or on the playground.  Planting the trees will give the students a sense of helping the natural environment grow into the future.

Host:Project Get Outdoors, Inc (Pine Island site), Pine Island schools, the City of Pine Island, the Pine Island Library and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources                 

Date:  A weekday between April 16 and April 30, 2012

Location:Pine Island City Park and Douglas Trail along the Zumbro River

Contact: Katie Dudley, Project Get Outdoors, Pine Island   dudleys@pitel.net


Unplug and Be Outside is a week-long event that encourages families to get off the couch and get active. Be Outside, Idaho! partners will offer free activities throughout the week that expose children to opportunities to be active outdoors.  Children who attend three or more events are eligible to win prizes. The events highlight the outdoor resources that are available in Idaho and give Be Outside, Idaho! partners an opportunity to showcase their services and resources. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the Bureau of Land Management will be offering activities. Over 5,000 children are expected to attend the week-long events.

Host:Be Outside, Idaho

Date:  April 21-28, 2012

Location:Throughout the State of Idaho

Contact: Kendra Witt-Doyle   kwitt-doyle@bcidaho.com


Steffan Community Day of Service

Each year YMCA Camp Minikani partners with a local school to provide a community day of service with a focus on service learning. The entire student body of Steffen Middle School comes to Camp Minikani for a day filled with camp-improvement projects.  Projects for 2012 include painting cabins, staining benches, trail improvement, tree planting, gardening, landscaping, and more! The Steffen Community Day of Service builds a sense of cooperation and community among students while demonstrating the value of helping others. This event is a private event for YMCA staff and Steffen Middle School staff, students, and families. YMCA Camp Minikani is private property and not open to the public without a registered guest pass.

Host:YMCA Camp Minikani, YMCA of Metro Milwaukee

Date:  April 27, 2012

Location:YMCA Camp Minikani- Hubertus, Wisconsin

Contact: Cassie Bauer  cbauer@ymcamke.org      



Docs in the Park

Community members join local healthcare professionals and families to connect children with nature doing fun, heart-healthy activities! The event provides games, nature hikes, a wildlife expo, sports, a stewardship project and healthy eating with free food. All day, all fun!

The event is part of a new health campaign that is being launched by The Parks and People Foundation in partnership with Kaiser Permanente, Baltimore City Recreation and Parks, Friends of Gwynn’s Falls / Leakin Park, the American Academy of Pediatrics MD chapter and many other Baltimore medical professionals and park advocates. The campaign is an effort to convey outdoor activity as a healthy and prescribed path to wellness inspiring our youth and families to get outdoors and get involved. 

Host:Parks & People Foundation /Greater Baltimore Children and Nature

Date:March 31, 2012

Location:Gwynns Falls Leakin Park, Baltimore, MD, 21207

Contact: Michael Dorsey   Michael.dorsey@parksandpoeple.org



Let’s G.O.! (Get Outside) Roanoke

Kids in the Valley Adventuring is collaborating with the Roanoke County/Salem Chamber of Commerce on their 14thAnnual Free Kite Festival to host a children’s nature activity center, a “quiet place in nature” zone (i.e. a hammock, a tent to use as a “pretend to go camping area”, a few sleeping bags to spread out on the ground for reading under the trees) and to spearhead the “Green Team” that will handle park and river cleanup on the day of the event. This event brings 10,000 community members from around the Roanoke Valley together every year to fly kites and spend time outside. We will be introducing them to other outdoor activities that are free, accessible and readily available.

Host:Kids in the Valley, Adventuring!

Date:  April 21, 2012

Location:Green Hill Park, Roanoke County, VA

Contact: Chip and Ashley W. Donahue    kivainfo@gmail.com



2012 Planet Earth Celebration

Details soon!

Host:  North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Natural Leaders North Carolina, North Carolina Children and Nature Coalition

Date:April 21, 2012      

Location:NC Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 West Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27601

Contact:  Tamara Poles   tapoles12@gmail.com     



Tenoroc Youth Fishing Derby

This event strives to “create the next generation that cares” about getting kids active outdoors. Over 15 FYCCN partner organizations, ranging from nature centers to local parks and recreation departments, are coming together to provide hands-on activities themed around getting kids outdoors.  The 19thannual Tenoroc Youth Fishing Derby celebrates Florida’s free fishing weekend.  Games and activities will highlight conservation-related outdoor activities such as hiking, bird watching, boating, and geocaching.  Hands-on fishing will be offered throughout the event complimented by a casting contest, fish printing, and a fish egg hunt.  Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission staff will be on hand conducting K-9 demonstrations and biologist talks.  Get Outdoors Florida! will be participating along with several Natural Leaders and Natural Teachers.

Host: Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network (FYCCN) www.fyccn.org

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Date:  April 7, 2012

Location:Tenoroc Youth Conservation Centers Network, Lakeland, FL

Contact: Rae Waddell   rae.waddell@myfwc.com



Fish Earth Day-Hook Kids on Fishing Program

The Anglers for Conservation are coordinating a series of Fish Earth Day events around Florida between April 14‐ 21, 2012 in celebration of Earth Day. Florida youth and families will participate at these educational events focusing on fishing fundamentals, safety in the outdoors and conservation. Registration is limited to 80 youth between the ages 6‐16, plus a parent or guardian and 10‐20 volunteers at each event. These events encourage parents and their children to participate together in their communitys’ outdoors. Fishing is a gateway activity to a lifetime of participation in nature. By bringing the community together, we can educate the citizens on protecting the community’s natural resources.

Host:Anglers for Conservation and Get Outdoors Florida!

Date:April 14‐21, 2012

Location:  11 locations throughout Florida: Chuluota, Hobe Sound, Merritt Island, Oak Hill /Edgewater, Palm Bay, Satellite Beach, Sebastian, Tarpon Springs, Titusville, Punta Gorda, and St. Marks.

Contact: Karen Irene Smith, Project Manager   info@anglersforconservation.org


Lets G.O.! (Get Outside) Jackson is a day to PLAY, SERVE and CELEBRATE. We are collaborating with a local community outreach center and a local elementary school to host a campus beautification.  We will bring parents, teachers and children of all ages to work in the school’s community garden, engage in team-builders and simply play outdoors.  Our intention is to strengthen the relationship of the local community center and its local elementary school, by coming together to Play, Serve, and Celebrate.

Children will have a day to come together outside of school and enjoy their beautiful campus in a unique way. We are working closely with the principal in hopes the campus will be available for students to use on the weekends to create a safe space for outdoor play. We hope our event will increase the appreciation and use of the campus outside of normal school hours.

Host: Natural Leaders Los Angeles in partnership with NATHA (Neighbors Acting Together Helping All) and Andrew Jackson Elementary School’s  PTA

Date:April 21, 2012      

Location: Andrew Jackson Elementary, 593 W Woodbury Road, Altadena, CA  91001

Contact:  Lizbeth G Williams   lizbethgw@gmail.com



Earth Stroll: An Earth Day Celebration for Healthy People, Healthy Parks

This fun-filled day of activities and games, hosted by some of the Bay Area’s leading environmental and health focused organizations, will engage the hearts, minds, and bodies of everyone in your family. While you’re at Earth Stroll, get a park prescription, participate in an Amazing Race-style scavenger hunt, see live animal demonstrations, and take a ranger-led hike. So, come stroll down to beautiful East Beach on Crissy Field because a healthy planet needs a healthy you. With our partners the National Parks Service and the Parks Conservancy we are developing a wide range of programming to activate natural areas in the park in fun and meaningful ways. This event helps us promote other family events that build community and connection to the outdoors.

Host:Earth Stroll in partnership with the Bay Area Children in Nature Collaborative

Date: April 21, 2012

Location: Crissy Field, San Francisco, CA

Contact: Damien Raffa    draffa@presidiotrust.gov 


Watershed Watch takes place during the 22ndAnnual Earth Day event at the Upper Newport Bay Nature Reserve, one of the last remaining estuaries in the U.S. and an important migration stopover on the Pacific Flyway. The events of the day will bring together individuals and organizations from throughout the community to celebrate a common cause – the Earth. The goal is to build community through nature-based family activities and volunteer projects.  Families will learn about environmental issues while having fun in the outdoors.  By families participating in this day we hope that they leave feeling empowered to protect the environment and the need to visit more open spaces and local wilderness areas on their own to explore, enjoy, and serve!

Host:Inside the Outdoors and Newport Bay Conservancy

Date:  April 22, 2012

Location:  Upper Newport Bay, Muth Interpretive Center,

2301 University Dr., Newport Beach, CA 92660

Contact: Kimberly Casey   kcasey@ocde.us

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