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Celebrating Mother Nature: Earth Day and Beyond

Each day, for most of us, the sun is shining a little longer and feels a little warmer. New greenery compliments the bright yellow sun. Flowers are bringing color to the horizon after a season of neutrals. The landscape boasts new growth. Why shouldn’t your Club? We aren’t talking about attendance. Grow efforts in getting Club kids outside!

According to the Wild Network, there has been a significant decline in the amount of time that kids spend outdoors. This can have adverse on their physical and emotional health! We challenge you to take time outdoors with your Club members. This could be facilitating lessons outdoors or starting a new club sport league. You can always give members an hour outside to use their imagination to create play. Of course, it may be a little slow at first. “I don’t know what to play” or “Is this what you did back when you were a kid?” could be common responses. Stick it out! If you are stuck on the common complaints, you can always visit sites like the Wild Network, The Wilderness Society, or Transforming Youth Outdoors to see how others are engaging kids outside.

Why focus on getting outside in April? Great question. April means that another Earth Day is upon us! Cultivating an appreciation for nature at an early age can encourage conservation practices. We naturally want to protect what is special to us. The great outdoors is no different. This month, we will be featuring specific ways to get youth outside and what they can do to celebrate Earth, not just on April 22, 2017 but every day! Use #NativeClubs to show your Clubs kids enjoying nature!

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