A generation ago, kids played flashlight tag with their
friends. They rode bikes around the neighborhood. They camped out
in the backyard.
Now, the vast majority of kids-75 percent-spend the bulk
of their day inside.
That statistic bothers Karoline Hurd, which is why she's
so passionate about this year's Hike and Seek event at Bemis Woods
South on Sept. 29.
The event, sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation,
brings families together for a few hours of fun in the great
"Hike and Seek is a simple Saturday in nature where
parents just show up and they don't have to bring anything," says
Hurd, program manager for the event. "There are fun nature crafts.
They learn about plants and animals. We have an insect station, an
amphibian station and birds."
Volunteer naturalists along the one-mile,
stroller-friendly route will help families learn more about nature.
It's geared toward children 2-10.
"It's pretty level terrain, so just wear comfortable shoes
and appropriate rain gear, since this is rain or shine," Hurd says.
Healthy snacks are provided, but visitors are encouraged to bring
their own water-and a desire to immerse themselves in the great
outdoors. The rewards are worth it.
"Kids that spend time in nature are stronger, kinder and
calmer," Hurd says. "And I've never had a parent complain. They're
always so pleased with the program."
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