Natural Resources: Get Out Thereby: Valynda Mayes

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This column helps bring the outdoors into your curriculum. This month’s issue will start you thinking of summer opportunities. For students with a special interest in the outdoors, or those with limited access to nature, summer camp might be a life-changing opportunity.

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  • on Thu Nov 17, 2016 2:00 AM

This article is a great source of ideas that get students, and children in general, involved with the outdoors while learning about natural resources. This source gives you ideas about how to start local and involve your children with learning about the natural resources around them, through going to low-cost places like the park and nature preserves. It also includes great ideas on how to involve learning with summer, while still having fun! One example mentioned is to, "Send students home with a “nature newsletter” with a list of summer to-dos with an outdoor focus".


  • on Fri May 10, 2013 12:31 PM

This article is intended to get young children more involved with nature. It provides a number of ideas to get children involved. The author suggests looking for summer camps through national organizations such as the Audubon Society. To look locally for 4H clubs and park preserves summer activities for children. Lastly the author urges parents to engage in family activities that expose children to the great outdoors. Activities might include nature walks, visits to zoos, parks and botanical gardens.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Sun Dec 09, 2012 2:27 AM

Find out how one teacher’s determination to redirect her students from a summer of indoor video games to outdoor nature explorations was accomplished. She encouraged her children’s parents to consider visiting outdoor parks and taking their kids on nature hikes. She also provided a summer nature newsletter filled with summer to-dos designed to inspire her students to participate in outdoor summer fun. Among her suggestions were starting a garden; volunteering with a local environmental organizations to clean up lakes or forest preserves of invasive plants; or beginning a collection of rocks, leaves or shells. Other programs and websites are shared in the article including Michelle Obama’s website called “Let’s Move Outside”.

Carolyn M  (Buffalo Grove, IL)
Carolyn M (Buffalo Grove, IL)

  • on Thu May 12, 2011 2:57 PM

Summer is almost here . Valynda Mayes gives good suggestions and resources on what to suggest to parents for activities to connect to the great outdoors.

Arlene Jurewicz Leighton
Arlene Jurewicz Leighton

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