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Reconnecting to Nature, Not Wi-Fi

As adults, we are too often “plugged in”. At any point in the day you can find us at a computer to finish a grant application, or on the phone advocating for a Club kid who has shown great improvement in academics in an after school setting. That also doesn’t account for checking emails while helping prepare materials for the community dinner, or sitting in front of a screen to learn how to implement a new program. If we unplug, we will notice that our Club kids are just as plugged in, if not more, because it has become their norm.

Green spaces and activities outdoors have been found to have a positive impact on youth who are suffering from disorders such as depression, anxiety, obesity, and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). Inspired by the Wild Network and their collection of outdoor activities known as Wild Time, we have created five relevant ways to get your Club kids outside and engaged in the wonderful wild around them! They are as follows;

  1. Habitat Hunters- The television show House Hunters meets the great outdoors. Form groups of youth and send them on a hunt to find habitats of indigenous insects or animals. They could draw, photograph, or use written word to describe what they found. Want to extend the activity? Have the groups write a story about one of the habitats or present what they found to the group.
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Reading for Fun: Celebrating Dr. Seuss's Birthday

Every year, we celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss by highlighting reading all across the country. To participate in the celebration, schools, libraries, and community centers are bringing children together to read, with the goal of encouraging them to continue reading throughout the year. This day is about developing reading skills and interest in reading among children while having fun. Schools and community centers are using the entire month of March to participate in different reading activities to promote the many benefits of reading. You can find ideas for planning your activities, as well as material resources you can use!

In the words of Dr. Seuss, “The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

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