Petoskey: A Big Push To Get Kids Outdoors

While it may seem that these issues wouldn’t relate to those of us living in the “great up north,” you might be surprised. “While out on school programs, we often encounter children who struggle to walk very far and aren’t able to identify or recognize a trillium—the harbinger of spring in Northern Michigan,” said Alison Berry, conservancy education specialist. “The benefits of simply making outdoor time a regular part of a child’s life are so far reaching.”

So what is happening next? And what can you do to help? Just this month, Getting Kids Outdoors launched its website. The website will provide a central location to post upcoming events, ideas, and tips for families and teachers, along with a multitude of resources. Funding for the website came from a grant from the Petoskey Harbor Springs Community Foundation.

A community breakfast is planned for May 1 at the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians Tribal Government Center. The breakfast will feature guest speaker Bill Rose, CEO and President of the Kalamazoo Nature Center and will provide an opportunity to “rally the troops.” Anyone is welcome to join and there is no charge for the event, thanks to generous community sponsors.

“We’ve spent a lot of time creating our work plan and are now quite clear in what steps we need to take next,” Baker said. “We are seeking more organizations and businesses as coalition partners as well as individual volunteers who are passionate about helping our community in this way.”

For more information about the initiative, please contact Molly at [email protected] or call the Conservancy office at 231-347-0991.

Studies show that kids who play outside:

  1. Are healthier physically and mentally
  2. Do better in school.
  3. Have higher self esteem.
  4. Have good self-discipline.
  5. Feel more capable and confident.
  6. Are good problem solvers.
  7. Are more cooperative with others

Come to the Community Breakfast!

May 1, 2009 7:00-8:30 am Learn about “nature deficit disorder,” the national No Child Left Inside movement, and how to get involved in Getting Kids Outdoors: Emmet County. Help build the energy and collaborations that will benefit our community!”
This is not a fundraiser.
Please RSVP by Friday, April 17
[email protected] 231.439.8996

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