It's easy to be green in Chicago, but finding time to explore
nature around us isn't on enough urban parents' to-do lists these
That's why the National Wildlife Federation is on a mission to
reconnect families with nature through Hike and Seek events held
across the nation. In Chicago, the nation's largest conservation
organization is hosting its fourth annual Hike and Seek at Bemis
"The purpose of these events is to provide families with a
nature experience and open up young minds to getting outside," says
Karoline Hurd, director of special events at the NWF. "The average
child spends over seven hours a day inside looking into a
The Hike and Seek events are set up like a treasure hunt. Along
the one- to two-mile path, families can visit Stop and Study
activity stations to learn about the wildlife around them. This
year, the must-see station is all about salamanders.
"Salamanders live in our neighborhoods, but they may be rarely
seen," Hurd says. "At the station, families will learn what a
salamander is, how it grows, where it lives and how to identify
For those who aren't in love with the idea of hiking, base camp
will be fun, too. Radio Disney will be on hand and kids can meet
Ranger Rick (of magazine fame). Plus, there will be nature
discovery activities for every member of the family.
Lindsey is Chicago Parent's summer 2013 intern. She is a senior at Ball State University.
See more of Lindsey's stories here.
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