Marilyn Wyzga: (603) 271-1197
Beth Moore: (603) 968-7194, ext. 18
September 9, 2010
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NH Children in Nature Conference October 7: "Opening Doors to Happier, Healthier Lives"
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 conference, "Opening Doors to Happier, Healthier Lives" coming Thursday, October 7, 2010, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at The Hanover Inn on the Dartmouth Green, Hanover, N.H. The session will showcase model projects from the Upper Valley and Franklin area communities that are providing more opportunities for children, youth and families to be outdoors.
“We’re excited about bringing people together to continue 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.
The event’s keynote speaker will be Dr. Tory Rogers, Director of the Kids CO-OP of Maine Medical Center and a key figure in motivating children to get up, out and moving. The rest of the day will be filled with informative workshops and networking opportunities that will provide participants with the resources, tools and knowledge to create communities that encourage everyone to spend more time outdoors. Workshops will include planning and developing school gardens, building community trail projects, Questing (using treasure hunts to explore communities), providing safe routes to play and school, encouraging recreation in all seasons, getting teens outdoors and into nature, creating nature playgrounds for early childhood, and more.
The conference will provide examples from around the state, while showcasing the exemplary efforts of the HEAL (Healthy Eating Active Living) initiative in the Franklin area and the Upper Valley. Workshops will provide a rich opportunity for conversation, motivation and collaboration, intended to inspire new initiatives that foster experiences in nature.
The registration fee for the workshop is $45, which includes lunch and refreshments. For more information, visit www.bit.ly/nhchildren-events. To register, go to http://nhchildreninnature.eventbrite.com.
The weekend before the “Opening Doors to Happier, Healthier Lives” conference, the N.H. Children in Nature Coalition will host the second annual "Get Out and Play Weekend!" on October 2-3, 2010. 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 in 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. Find out more about the coalition at www.nhchildreninnature.org.
The “Opening Doors to Happier, Healthier Lives” conference and other N.H. Children in 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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