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.
For ideas on fun activities visit and more information about Take a Child Outside click here to visit their website. You can also visit our Pinterest page to see some of our favorite activities.
It is summertime, and that means it’s family time. This is the time to get outdoors with your loved ones and explore the wonders of CREW. Just because the kids are out of school, doesn’t mean that the learning has to stop.
With the help of private donors and the South Florida Water Management District we are lucky to have pavilions at the CREW Marsh Trails and the CREW Cypress Dome Trails. These pavilions have helped transform our hiking trails into outdoor classrooms. They are spaces where experiments happen, discoveries are made and reflections inspired.
These pavilions are great places for family picnics, outdoor games and educational activities. Need some ideas? Visit our Pinterest page for crafts and other nature related activities. Rather not have to bring crafts? Just get out to CREW and take a walk. Point out new colors you see or sounds you hear. If the trails are wet (which they currently are) enjoy the mud and play in the water. There are many ways to share nature with your loved ones.
“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder … he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.”
Please remember that the CREW Trails are primitive – they do not have trash cans, running water, or bathrooms. Whatever you pack in you must pack out. CREW is home to many amazing animals, and it is important for us not to leave trash in their home. We hope to see you and your loved ones out on the trail!