Science has proven that an increase in “screen time” and lack of time spent outdoors has an adverse effect on children. Contact with nature awakens our senses. Consider the smell of an ocean breeze or the sweet scent of a freshly mown hay field. Close your eyes and listen to the story a songbird sings to greet the day and the soothing hoot of an owl putting the day to rest. Taste a sun-warmed blueberry or the single droplet of sweetness inside the flower of the honeysuckle bush. Touch the smooth back of a frog or the soft fur of a rabbit.
By allowing children to explore and spend time with nature, we can foster and renew this connection with the natural world, which has been lost to classrooms and technology. *Louv (2008) states that “Natural play strengthens children’s self-confidence and arouses their senses” (p. 186). *Louv,R. (2008). Last child in the woods: Saving our children from nature-deficit disorder (Updated and expanded). Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill.
Children who learn and play outdoors are healthier and more socially well-adjusted, not to mention, their attention span is superior to children who spend the majority of their time indoors. Our program addresses the whole child, his or her cognitive development, of course; but also social, emotional, communication and self-help areas of development.
Join us for this exciting, thought-provoking, fun summer experience!
Pelican Park has partnered with local community robotics team, Dark Matter Robotics to bring engaging and innovative activities to our patrons. We invite children ages 8-11 years to engineer and engage with hands on demonstrations and experiments. Over the course of two days, participants will learn to create codes using a coding cube and personal laptop or tablet.
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