Hi Janice. Thank you for the welcome. You are right, I certainly enjoy the unique opportunity to spend my professional days advocating for, raising funds for and creating awareness for opportunities for all kids to learn via outdoor experiences. Then get to go home and spend the evenings playing outside with my own kids. I have worked the past few years for a small nonprofit organization that provides around 6,500 kids in the Kansas City area with Outdoor School programs and summer camps. I am actually beginning a new role with Camp Fire's national headquarters this coming Monday where I will be doing similar work, but on behalf of 70+ Camp Fire Councils in 30 states and 300,000+ kids.
Personally, I have 3 (soon to be 4) kids with the oldest being 6. I somewhat unsuccesfully tried to start a family nature club through earlier this year that just hasn't picked up much steam yet. A few outings with mostly our friends that like to hang outdoors with us anyways. It was more my lack of really putting the time and energy in to it, so maybe with a bit more focus it will happen. I am also excited in that I am helping a group advance the efforts of the Kansas Coalition for Children in Nature (now known KCN). It had some steam a few years ago and pretty much completely fell of anyone's radar for the the last year or more. Hopefully that is going to be changing soon.
Gracias Janice, que lindo que vas a formar un grupo para familias con chicos bilingue. Mi nena tiene 5 a~nos y esta en el jardin de infante. Soy tutora en varias materias como ense~nanza en Espa~nol, matematicas y ciencias. Fui tutora por mucho tiempo asistiendo a ni~nos que participan en el programa NCLB. Siguo hoy en dia ayudando a ni~nos a estudiar y progresar en sus estudios.
Henderson, Nevada es una ciudad cerca de Las Vegas, Nevada, y muy linda para criar a los hijos. Tiene lindos parques, apesar de ser parte del desierto.
Espero saber mas acercas de NFN, especialmente si es guiado para los educadores bilingue.
Thank you for you comment. Actually I don't have a family club yet, but I'm in the process of starting one in my neighborhood. I'm a geologist and I teach science and environmental ed. and I love nature so I can't wait to share my thoughts and learn some great tips from Family Nature Clubs :)
Have you ever come to Portugal? We have a great weather for nature activities!
Hi! I would love to know more. I teach three year olds and I love nature1 Please connect me with any thing in our area, also if you have any info I can pass onto my parents, I would love to get them involved!!!
Hi Janice! Welcome to C&NN! That looks like such a great, accessible adventure hike for younger children. They look like they're exploring and really having a blast! That's great that you and your group are leading such a fun activity. I hope you'll keep posting about your activities and continue to meet people around the network. Also, feel free to post upcoming hikes in the Events category on this NING network, and on the Movement Map that's on the C&NN web site. (Ask me if you need any help doing that.) See you around!