UNDATED (Network Indiana): Need to get your kids outside? There are plenty of chances to do so this summer.
The Indiana Children and Nature Network (ICAN) is working with groups across the state to host Nature Play Days. “More than 100 Nature Play Days have been set up around the state,” said Sarah Kempfer, coordinator of ICAN, on the week of play days scheduled for June 11-19.
The simple idea is that playing outside is good for kids. “We know that kids spend about 50 hours a week using electronic media, and less than 30 minutes playing outside,” Kempfer said. Demanding schedules and the lure of electronics are just some of the factors that have transitioned childhood from outdoor adventures exploring and learning to sedentary indoor activities.
The Nature Play Days are scheduled at parks, camps and other venues throughout Indiana. There will be a kickoff on Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis on June 10th from 11am until 1m, with fishing games, bird watching, live snakes and more.
There are events in Fort Wayne scheduled for Saturday, June 11th at Eagle Marsh, IPFW, and with Northeast Indiana Water Trails.
Other events include fishing days and hikes across Central Indiana, mountain biking in Terre Haute, insect hunts and bug bingo in Michigan City and South Bend, and a kayak race in Hobart. Campfires, hikes and other fun will be had from Clarksville and Evansville to Muncie and Albion. The info is at www.IndianaChildrenAndNature.org.