Did you know that taking your child outdoors is critical to their growth and development? Studies have shown that outdoor experiences improve your physical, mental, and emotional health. The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, in cooperation with organizations worldwide, created a program called “Take a Child Outside” to encourage children and adults to spend time outdoors together. The program has grown in popularity, becoming an international movement highlighted by its annual “Take a Child Outside” week.
This year’s “Take a Child Outside” week will be September 24-30, 2016. The CREW Trails are perfect spaces for you to bring your children, grandchildren, scout troops or neighborhood families outdoors.You can visit one or all of our three trails. You have a week to celebrate. The CREW trails are free and open to the public from sunrise to sunset. Be sure to check the trail conditions before you head out by clicking here.
Are you wondering why you should get your kids outdoors? “Get Outdoors Florida” lists the following improvements in children who get outdoors and reconnecting with nature:
- School grades and work performance
- Self-discipline and coordination
- Creative express
- Social skills
- Sense of wonder and curiosity
- Dedication to stewardship
- Health by reducing risks such as obesity, asthma and attention deficit disorder (ADD)
So, get outdoors and help improve the health of your family. Be part of an international movement and “Take a Child Outside” September 24-30, 2016.