We had a lot of fun at Olander Park's Christmas Bird Count for Kids last weekend. It was snowing and blowing! But we got GREAT views of a Bald Eagle. It perched for a long time for us,and we even used a spotting scope to get close-up views of its talons and beak. We also saw American Coots, Juncos, and, of course, Canada Geese and Mallards.
Bring the kids to Olander Park in Sylvania and/or Woodlawn Arboretum in Toledo for a half day of learning about and counting birds.
Any of the three parts of this event will be cancelled if there is a Level 2 or 3 snow emergency at the start time.
From the journal Preventing Chronic Disease
We measured the quantity and intensity of physical activity in 106 urban public school students during recess outdoors, recess indoors in the gym, and recess indoors in the classroom. We determined, on the basis of 655 recess observations, that outdoor recess enabled more total steps per recess period, more steps in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity, and higher heart rates than recess in the gym or classroom. To maximize physical activity quantity and intensity, school policies should promote outdoor recess.
Read the article here: http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2013/13_0135.htm at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Northwest Ohio's Leave No Child Inside