On Saturday, April 9 the education staff at Glacier National Park, in conjunction with the Flathead Community of Resource Educators (CORE), will offer a free workshop for parents, educators, and others who work with children focused on how to get children outside and engaged with nature. The full-day session will be held at Lone Pine State Park (see map) in Kalispell from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Topics to be covered include how to encourage youth to spend time outdoors, fun activities that connect children with nature, and places in the local community for outdoor play. In addition to Glacier National Park staff, Flathead CORE partners for the day include the Flathead Conservation District, Ravenwood Outdoor Learning Center, Flathead National Forest, and Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks.
A large portion of the day will be spent outdoors, so participants should come prepared to be outside, regardless of the weather. Participants should also bring a bagged lunch. A variety of information resources will be provided.
As more and more children and adults become disconnected from the natural world, Glacier National Park hosts this workshop to support goals of the National Park Service Children in Nature effort: “To reconnect our youth and their families with the land, create a new generation of stewards, and improve the physical and mental health of our Nation.”
This is the third year this workshop has been made possible through a grant from the Glacier National Park Fund. Thanks to this generous financial support, all workshop participants will receive a free annual Glacier National Park pass, valid for unlimited visits to Glacier National Park for 12 months plus a copy of Richard Louv’s book ‘Last Child in the Woods – Saving Our Children from Nature- Deficit Disorder.’
The workshop is limited to the first 40 registrants. Staff from Ravenwood Outdoor Learning Center will provide a free concurrent children’s camp for up to 20 school-aged children that accompany parents attending the workshop.
Contact Debby Mensch at firstname.lastname@example.org or (406) 888-7942 to register and/or ask questions.