Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Connecting Children with Nature

Connecting kids with nature is getting a lot of hype these days. But it is not really a new idea at all. I have been part of a great program since its beginning, nearly 15 years ago. It's called Cascade Stream Watch and it's run by a non-profit called Wolftree. They get kids from urban schools and bring them out to wild places such as Wildwood, a BLM recreational area near Welches. The kids get to explore life in the creeks and wetlands, learn about the forest plants and trees, and navigate using a compass among other things. Rain or shine, it doesn't matter to these kids. At the end of the day, the kids all share what they learned or found or thought was amazing. And there is usually alot to share. For more about this program visit www.beoutside.org. They are always looking for mentors who are willing to help eager students explore the outdoors.

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