Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Take a Child Outside

Take a Child Outside Week begins today. No, this week is not in support of corporal punishment. No, this week is not in support of a quieter church service or an enjoyable operatic experience. The goal of this week is "to help break down obstacles that keep children from discovering the natural world. By arming parents, teachers and other caregivers with resources on outdoor activities, our goal is to help children across the country develop a better understanding and appreciation of the environment in which they live, and a burgeoning enthusiasm for its exploration."

Wow! That sounds like what we strive to do every week of every year here at the Francis Beidler Forest Audubon Center in Four Holes Swamp. We encourage you to take your child outside to a place like no other on the planet! You can find a variety of lesson plans on our education curriculum page as well as wildlife and plant information on our species lists and images pages. For the long-range planners, next summer's bird-themed camp will provide your child with a full week of outdoor exposure!

If you don't have a child handy, don't let that stop you from going outside! Check out what we have available for any and all visitors to the Francis Beidler Forest.

Images by Mark Musselman

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