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August 25, 2009

NH Children in Nature Conference October 1: "Building Nature-Based Communities"

CONCORD, N.H. - If you're interested in finding ways to encourage kids and families to get outside and more involved with the natural world, plan to attend the New Hampshire Children In Nature Coalition conference called "Building Nature-Based Communities" coming October 1, 2009, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at Camp Yavneh in Northwood, N.H.  The session is intended to provide community leaders and organizations with the resources, tools and support to make local change to reconnect children, youth and families with nature.

"We're excited about bringing people back together to exchange ideas and strengthen community efforts to connect children and nature here in New Hampshire," said Marilyn Wyzga, convener of the N.H. Children in Nature Coalition (NHCiNC).

The event's keynote speakers will be Ashley and Chip Donahue, creators of the Family Nature Clubs (www.kidsadventuring.org). The day will include workshops, networking, community planning sessions and lunch, all on a 75-acre woodland on Lucas Pond.

The registration fee for the workshop is $10.  To register, visit nhcinc.eventbrite.com.

Following the "Building Nature-Based Communities" conference, NHCiNC will be holding the first annual "Get Out and Play Weekend!" on October 3-4, 2009. The event will be an opportunity for children, youth and families statewide to get out and participate in or organize their own nature-based activity outdoors. Keep an eye out for more information as the date approaches at www.NHChildrenInNature.org.

The New Hampshire Children and Nature Coalition is dedicated to fostering experiences in nature that improve physical and emotional health, increase understanding of the natural world, and promote stronger connections to community and landscape. The coalition got its start in 2007, when people from health, education, community planning and environmental sectors came together at a series of events to launch a New Hampshire initiative to reconnect children with nature and encourage children and families to get outside and active in the natural world. Click here to find out more about the Coalition.

The "Building Nature-based Communities" conference and other N.H. Children and Nature Coalition events are made possible in part by generous contributions from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and The Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation.

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