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Natural Kids Series at B&GCCC
November 20, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
GARNA and Boys & Girls Club of Chaffee County are working together to offer Natural Kids, a series of nature-based experiential learning sessions designed to foster environmental stewardship in our Upper Arkansas River Valley community.
We will play a variety of games and activities to hone our senses, develop our imaginations, and see the connection between all living things, in the spirit of thanksgiving and gratitude, all through the view of Coyote’s sharp senses! Registration is required. Please contact Kelly Hamilton for information on registration at 719 539 9500.
Natural Kids Series
To encourage stewardship through a feeling of connection to the natural world, the program will use the Children & Nature Network Natural Families and Family Nature Clubs Models as a framework for programs at local Boys & Girls Clubs. For more on the theme of this initiative, please see childrenandnature.
Natural Kids will be held at the Boys & Girls Clubs in both Salida and Buena Vista. The program will include 6 sessions, offered once per month for 6 months between November and April. Children do not need to attend all sessions to participate.
The sessions build from an introduction to sensory awareness activities in nature with the purpose of building a platform for more deeply experiencing and connecting personally to nature, then expand to teaching skills needed to be comfortable, confident and safe stewards and outdoor recreators. Later sessions will offer hands-on stewardship learning activities, culminating in the invitation for families to join their Natural Kids to forge relationships to one another through a Natural Families Nature Club, a community-driven group that gets out in nature together.
The Children & Nature Network describes the reasons for this initiative: “Families are direct decision makers in the lives of children and must be at the forefront of the movement to get kids and families out into the natural world. The Natural Families Network engages thousands of parents and families from across the country and around the world in frequent, active time together in the natural world. Groups of families organized into Family Nature Clubs help to break down barriers to getting out in nature, bringing together families from diverse cultures and backgrounds, and across generations. Family Nature Clubs also foster quality time together with family and friends.”
Many GARNA programs require a liability release form be filled out each calendar year.
Your registration is secured upon receipt of payment. If you prefer not to register online (recommended), you may mail a check, made out to “GARNA” to the address below. Please include a note with the program you are registering for.
PO Box 1522
Salida CO 81201
If we are notified of your need to cancel within 24 hours of program date, your program fee will be refunded except for a $3.00 administrative fee. If minimum enrollment has not been met by program date, programs will be cancelled 2 days prior to the date and we will refund the full amount.