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We want to know how you PLAYED, SERVED and CELEBRATED this year!

Please let us know how your event went -- share stories, photos, etc.

In my home town, we planted trees, painted tiles and blew bubbles on a SUNNY Southern California day.

Show us how you GET OUTSIDE!

Tags: (Get, Children, GO, Garden, Leaders, Let's, Natural, Nature, Outside)

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Nearly 40 children participated in our Kiddie Fun Run and Nature Scavenger Hunt in Foley, AL. They ran, laughed, played, and had a blast! It was so much fun! I would totally plan another event.

Looks like this gang of kids had a great time together OUTSIDE! Love the girls in the back holding up the little ones.

In Connecticut we lead high school students from Bulkeley High School in Hartford on a day hike at Wadsworth Falls State Park. They learned about the local flowers, got to see great waterfalls, and found a nature friend!

In Homer, Alaska staff from the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve and Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies lead a super fun event for families with young children - Let’s G.O.! (Get Outside) Family Wetland Exploration in Beluga Slough. 15 kids and 8 adults joined us for this fun, muddy outing in Homer's downtown estuary. The kids were especially interested in birdwatching with their borrowed binoculars, worm hunting, and bug collecting. They had a blast searching for natural treasures on a Marsh Safari scavenger hunt in the thawing slough, as well. In addition to being a Let's G.O.! event, this was also a national Week of the Young Child activity. Here are a few photos from our April 19th adventures:

Hi Carmen,  Great to see these young ones exploring!  The Marsh Safari Scavenger Hunt sounds like it was lots of fun for everyone.  Thanks for all you do to connect children and their families with nature!

Carmen Field said:

In Homer, Alaska staff from the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve and Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies lead a super fun event for families with young children - Let’s G.O.! (Get Outside) Family Wetland Exploration in Beluga Slough. 15 kids and 8 adults joined us for this fun, muddy outing in Homer's downtown estuary. The kids were especially interested in birdwatching with their borrowed binoculars, worm hunting, and bug collecting. They had a blast searching for natural treasures on a Marsh Safari scavenger hunt in the thawing slough, as well. In addition to being a Let's G.O.! event, this was also a national Week of the Young Child activity. Here are a few photos from our April 19th adventures:

Diversity prolongs the life span of a particular person, place or event because it breathes new thoughts and ideas into it as opposed to the same common approaches. Well I believe diversity in Nature can be looked at the same way. When we think about traditional imagery of conversationalists we think of people like John Muir, Teddy Roosevelt or David Brower but as the opportunities have expanded to include more urban types of figures we think about Van Jones, Sally Jewell or perhaps even our own Juan Martinez.

For the Natural Leaders Network and the Children and Nature Network we have strategically used the month of April as the platform to highlight activities getting youth and families outdoors with our “Let's G.O." campaign and it looks like this year was a success. Christian Alvarado and Katia Rossi the marketing chairs for NLN have collected hundreds of photos and captions that illustrate just how much the “Lets G.O.” campaign has continued to show diversity in its activities. When I look at this photo from Earth Fair in Lacrosse, Wisconsin and I look at the girls and boys running around the outdoor playground overly excited it depicts our kids in action.

If you traveled down to Tremont, Tennessee you can see our Natural Leader Matt Browning leading a trip with a group of people which took the time to pose underneath a waterfall during their “Let's G.O.” event.

One of things we as the millennial group are charged with doing is making sure that we keep the love of nature at the forefront to preserve its sacredness for years to come. Back when Richard Luv coined the term “nature deficit" back in Last Child in the Woods he described a world that had become so involved in electronics and technology and raised the concern that not enough of today’s kids are getting enough Vitamin Nature. I think Rich is happy to know that his love of nature is being protected by today’s millennial but I think he is most impressed by how we are bringing the gap between elders and youth with work that Avery Cleary is doing to ensure the knowledge gets passed down. I’m sure that the joy Rich experiences when he is fly fishing is being carried on by a group of urban youth in upstate New York or how groups in Los Angeles have transformed their environments to take old canyon dumping grounds and make hiking trails or community gardens out of the areas.

That is why April is so important to not only our organizations but to our continue spread of the education of nature shared by both youth and adults. If we continue to build upon the ideas and interests being developed we will capitalize on our creativity and tackle the obstacles that prohibit all sorts of people from getting outdoors and enjoying nature. The success of April’s SOS events and “Lets G.O.” continues to serve as a cultivator of ideas and continues to inspire us all based upon what we see others in the movement do. 

Celebration of the Military Child Outdoors sponsored    by Sierra Club Outdoors  It is our pleasure to help coordinate this  special event honor our youngest heroes – our military children. April is the Month of the Military Child!  Join us as we celebrate our nation’s youngest heroes. This April, partners will join forces to connect military children with the outdoors. Together, we will honor their sacrifice as we explore and enjoy the lands they and their parents served to protect.

  Where:  Onslow Beach Camp Lejeune, NC 

  Register for COMCO 2014  

  When:  20140426 1000-1500 

What:  Family friendly outdoor celebration for Military Kids and Families in the great outdoors. Bring the kids to participate in this “Mission to Explore the Outdoors!”

#get, #go, #military, #kids, #families, #outdoors, #Nature, @NCCAN, @E_CorpsExped

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