June 2013

National Get Outdoors Day & Yakima Racks

National Get Outdoors Day: How Do Kids Express Themselves Creatively Through Art

Date June 5, 2013

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This weekend the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics and Yakima are teaming up to give away a SkyBox Pro 16 for National Get Outdoors Day. Click here for more information on our Instagram Contest!  This event, held at locations across the country, encourages healthy, active outdoor fun! American families will have a chance to experience traditional and non-traditional types of outdoor activities. In addition to a fun-filled day of activities, people and kids will learn about the outdoors through a variety of learning stations. The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers will be located in the Junior Ranger Camp area in Denver, CO; Greentown, PA; and Portland, OR. Submit a photo of how you are celebrating National Get Outdoors Day by tagging @YakimaRacks and @LeaveNoTraceCenter on Instagram and you will be entered to win a SkyBox Pro 16!

As kids learn about the outdoors, it is important to provide them with an outlet to express their interests in a creative way.  This will strengthen their connection with the natural world and increase the likelihood that they will become lifelong stewards of outdoor spaces.

There are many paths to lead children towards creative expression such as drawing, poetry, and photography.  Find out which form of artistic expression sparks the child’s interest and help them pursue it.  Do they enjoy drawing?  Give them markers, colored pencils, or charcoal to sketch what they see.  Do they enjoy writing?  Provide them with a nature journal and challenge them to write a haiku or poem.  Are they in need of physical activity?  Have them create an interpretive dance of what they see in the outdoors.  Do they enjoy a more tactile experience?  Give them clay and have them create a replica of the most interesting object they saw along the trail.  The options are endless.

Remember, natural items derive their power in the environment from which they came, so please Leave No Trace on your next outdoor adventure!


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