Find new and exciting outdoor activities through the National Environmental Educational Foundation's (NEEF) new tool, Apps for Outdoor Activity. The tool is a list of ten free apps that provide ideas of where to go and what to do outside for children and families. Download the app here. http://www.neefusa.org/health/children_nature/resources.
Kids Whose Time Is Less Structured Are Better Able To Meet Their Own Goals, Study Says
Jun 25, 2014 11:58 am
Children who spend more time in less structured activities—from playing outside to reading books to visiting the zoo—are better able to set their own goals and take actions to meet those goals without prodding from adults, according to a new study by the University of Colorado Boulder.read more
ODNR Launches New Ohio Outdoor Women’s Adventures Weekend
Register now for hands-on paddling, powerboating, fishing and nature courses for women only
COLUMBUS, OH - The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has opened registration for the inaugural Ohio Women’s Outdoor Adventures weekend hosted by the ODNR Division of Watercraft.
The weekend will take place August 22-24, 2014, at the newly remodeled Burr Oak State Park resort in the southeast Ohio town of Glouster. Burr Oak State Park blends luxury, modern conveniences with the wilderness spirit of Ohio. The 2,593-acre park offers a stunning lake, wooded hills and valley farms.
Ohio Women’s Outdoor Adventures is open to all women, even girls 12 or older accompanied a parent or guardian. The workshops focus on a variety of outdoor skills. Participants will have the opportunity to learn how to operate and trailer a power boat, hone their skills in kayaks and canoes, or try the latest watersport – stand up paddleboarding.
Other activities include archery, geocaching, and fishing, as well as optional activities like bonfires, night hikes, and a BB gun range.
A registration fee of $195 covers all workshops, plus two nights lodging (choose from resort lodge suites or cottages), five meals, and snacks. The program is first-come, first-served, and is limited to 80 participants.
For more information, registration and a schedule of events, visit the event webpage at watercraft.ohiodnr.gov/owoa or contact Boating Education Coordinator, Officer Valerie Cox, at 614-265-6652 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is hosting four Paddle Ohio Events on June 22. Northwest Ohio families are invited to a guided paddle along the Sandusky River. ODNR will provide the canoes or you can bring your own canoe or kayak. The paddle will be led by ODNR Division of Watercraft stream quality experts and watercraft officers.
The Northwest Ohio paddle will start at Howard Collier State Nature Preserve on TR 28. Shuttle is provided to the put-in for registered participants.
For more information and to register please visit http://paddle.ohiodnr.gov/
Ted Wells, a fourth grade teacher at The Park School in Brookline, MA, is always looking for ways to connect his students with nature. Here he offers 12 great ideas for celebrating Earth Day with students, throughout the month of April and beyond.
A new study suggests that the amount of time kids spend watching TV or playing electronic games may affect their well-being in early childhood, including mental health factors like their risk for emotional problems.
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A preoccupation with safety has stripped childhood of independence, risk taking, and discovery—without making it safer. A new kind of playground points to a better solution.
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Teachers can educate students about Ohio’s number one industry, enter to win a field trip for your classroom, and help students build their college funds by participating in the state’s Ag is Cool! program.
Students of all ages (K-12) can participate in a creative expression art contest. It’s simple and fun! Students can paint a picture, make a video, take a picture, or submit a creative illustration of why they think Ohio agriculture is cool! They can win prizes and get into the Ohio State Fair for FREE! Enter today and your winning student may meet the Governor at the 2014 Ohio State Fair.
In addition, all 4th grade teachers can apply to win a field trip for their classroom! Start by signing up to receive a free admission voucher at www.ohioagriculture.gov/agiscool, then visit the Ag is Cool! stations during the Ohio State Fair (July 23 – Aug. 3). There, they can enter a random drawing for a chance to win big!
Students of all ages and grades can learn about agriculture at the interactive Ag is Cool! stations at the Ohio State Fair, but 4th grade students (during the 2013-2014 year) can get in free and enter to win one of four $500 scholarships.
The Ohio Department of Agriculture, Ohio Farm Bureau, Ohio State Fair and the buckeye state’s agricultural commodity groups are co-sponsors for the “Agriculture is Cool” program. For a complete listing of forms, rules and other details, visit the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s website at: www.agri.ohio.gov, or call Lori Panda at 614-466-8798.
Please click on the following link to view the Ag is Cool! video: http://youtu.be/EQNoeJyxtlA.
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