Marilyn Wyzga: 603-271-1197 or Marilyn.Wyzga@wildlife.nh.gov
Eric Aldrich: 603-525-4716 or email@example.com
April 2, 2012
Get Outdoors New Hampshire in April
Activities Planned Statewide
CONCORD, N.H. – Like blooming flowers and black flies, one of the sure signs of spring in New Hampshire is the sight of kids enjoying the outdoors.
Several New Hampshire organizations are helping kids discover nature during the month of April through a nationwide initiative called Let’s G.O.! (Get Outside!). The campaign urges a wide array of organizations to hold events that engage children, youth and families to discover the natural world.
The campaign is organized at the national level by the national Children and Nature Network and its sponsors, and here in the Granite State by the N.H. Children in Nature Coalition. Events are occurring from coast to coast in many different settings, from parks, schools and national wildlife refuges to city neighborhoods.
In New Hampshire, kids will have a chance to discover farm animals in Keene, prepare food bank gardens in Auburn, map play spaces in Nashua and star-gaze in Waterville Valley, among other activities.
“It’s inspiring to see New Hampshire organizations not only give children the opportunity to do what they love doing naturally – enjoy the outdoors – and also to see that this is part of a national awareness campaign,” said Marilyn Wyzga, coordinator of N.H. Children in Nature Coalition. “Kids thrive when their connection to nature becomes part of the routine, whether by participating in events like these or just by going outside to play.”
Wyzga and the N.H. Children in Nature Coalition point out that there’s still time for more organizations to hold events as part of Let’s G.O.! And those can be as diverse as a conservation commission or land trust holding a roadside cleanup or hike in protected lands; a health service organization holding a bird walk; or a family service organization holding a picnic.
“There are many easy ways that New Hampshire groups can participate in whatever format feels right for them,” Wyzga said. “And we can provide suggestions for events.”
To have your event be part of Let’s G.O.!, or to find an event in your area, visit www.childrenandnature.org/letsgo.
New Hampshire Let’s G.O.! Events as of April 1, 2012.
Nashua - April 1-21, 2012:
Kaboom!, a project with service learners to map Nashua’s outdoor play space.
Hopkinton - April 3, 2012 -- 10 – 11 a.m.:
Nature Nuts - Nature Nuts is a family nature club that meets on the first Tuesday of every month in the Hopkinton/Concord area. firstname.lastname@example.org
Auburn - April 14, 2012 -- 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.:
Earth Day Festival and Service Learning Showcase, Massabesic Audubon Center, Auburn
Live animal programs, recycled crafts, guided nature walks, food, vendor booths and lots of fun.
The Student Conservation Association will showcase service learning projects of Manchester students and prepare community gardens for the N.H. Food Bank.
Keene - April 16 to 20, 2012 -- 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.:
Farm Field Days, Stonewall Farm, Keene
Activities throughout the week including: hiking, cooking, games, sheep shearing, llama walks, and wetland exploration.
Concord - April 21, 2012 -- 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Discover WILD NH Day, N.H.. Fish and Game Department, Concord
Exhibits by dozens of New Hampshire environmental, conservation and outdoor organizations. Live animals, big fish and trained falcons. Participate in archery, casting, and crafts projects for the kids.
Waterville Valley - April 21, 2012 -- 8 -10 p.m.
Dark Sky Stargazing, Curious George Cottage, Waterville Valley
Observe the night sky! Join the Margret and H.A. Rey Center during the new moon for stargazing at the H.A. Rey Observatory. Telescopes set up by volunteer and knowledgeable stargazers.
Newmarket - April 22, 2012 -- 1-3 p.m.
Vernal Pool Exploration, Lubberland Creek Preserve, Newmarket
Frogs and salamanders are just a couple of the creatures that make their spring home in vernal pools. Join Gail Coffey for an afternoon of netting and exploring the pools on the preserve. This is a great outing for kids!
To find more events or add your own event to the Let’s G.O. schedule, visit www.childrenandnature.org/letsgo.
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.
NH Children in Nature Coalition · c/o NH Fish and Game Department
11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301 · www.nhchildreninnature.org