Marilyn Wyzga: (603) 271-1197
Beth Moore: (603) 968-7194, ext. 18
September 14, 2010
Media: Images of children in nature (for editorial use only) at www.nhchildreninnature.org/press
“GET OUT AND PLAY!” WEEKEND - OCTOBER 2-3, 2010
CONCORD, N.H. -- Whether you strike out on your own or connect up with an event, October 2 and 3 is the weekend to Get Out and Play! The N.H. Children in Nature Coalition is encouraging all of us to turn off the television and computer, gather the family and friends, and head off for an outdoor adventure that weekend. “The research shows that children who engage in free play in nature are healthier, happier and smarter,” said Marilyn Wyzga, a wildlife educator with the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. “Here in New Hampshire, nature is all around us; we just need to get outside and enjoy it.”
There are many organizations, all across New Hampshire, hosting walks, hikes, bikes, picnics, and paddles for this event -- find one in your own community or plan your own outing. You can find out how to post an event, and find a listing of organizations and events at www.nhchildreninnature.org under “Upcoming Events.”
“This second annual event is a great opportunity for children, youth and families to get out and reconnect with nature,” said Beth Moore of Squam Lakes Natural Science Center. “Around the state, you can join in planned programs, or gather friends, family and neighbors for a visit to a favorite nearby nature place. How about a walk on town conservation land, a ramble in one of our great state parks, a bike ride on a rail trail, a nature play hour or perhaps an evening building fairy houses in a local woodland. Catch the spirit – let’s get out and play!”
Get Out and Play! Weekend precedes the New Hampshire Children in Nature conference -- "Opening Doors to Happier, Healthier Lives" -- which takes place on October 7, 2010, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at The Hanover Inn in Hanover, N.H. This statewide 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, three essential tools for developing new initiatives that foster experiences in nature. If you're interested in finding ways to encourage kids and families to get outside and more involved with the natural world, register for the conference at nhchildreninnature.eventbrite.com.
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. Learn more at www.nhchildreninnature.org.
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.