FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 14, 2011
Jean Dorcus, Education Manager, Mass Audubon’s Boston Nature Center
(617) 983 8500 x6903
PEOPLE OF ALL AGES IN BOSTON PLAYED AND CELEBRATED DURING YOUTH-LED LET’S G.O.! (GET OUTSIDE)
(Mattapan, MA) – (April 14, 2011) – Children and families came together to play outdoors at a Nature Play Date that was held at Mass Audubon’s Boston Nature Center in Mattapan on Saturday, April 9, 2011 from 10:00 am-4:00 pm. The Nature Play Date was part of the Children & Nature Network’s Let’s G.O.! (Get Outside) campaign and Children & Nature Awareness month, both of which take place in April, 2011.
The goal of Let’s G.O.! is to bring together intergenerational groups of people to get outside and be active, have fun, and connect with nature. The Nature Play Date was a FREE event for families and children to dig in the dirt, make a dam in our stream, or build a shelter. Unstructured outdoor play is a fun way to develop creativity and a deep connection to nature. While children played in the Nature Nook, adults played alongside them or just relaxed in the seating area. A Mass Audubon teacher naturalist provided digging tools and music and art activities. The weather was sunny and warm, and many families brought a lunch and stayed for hours. One child buried “treasure” (a cross-section of a log) in the sand area, then drew a treasure map so others could find it. Many children worked together to haul sand and sticks to the stream, where they experimented with different materials to dam the flow of water. Cries of “I love mud!” were heard several times.
Families are invited to two more Nature Play Dates, on Saturday, May 7 and on Saturday, June 11. Stop by anytime from 10 am to 4 pm to connect with nature! For more information, check out a href="http://www.massaudubon.org/boston%3E">www.massaudubon.org/boston>;.