Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge Participates in an International Movement to “Take a Child Outside”

family in natureGALLOWAY TOWNSHIP — During the week of Sept. 24-30, the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge (800 Great Creek Rd. in the Oceanville section of Galloway Township) will be sponsoring the “Take A Child Outside” program.

As part of a growing nationwide effort to get young people off the couch, unplugged from technology and enjoying the outdoors in their local community, the program is designed to “arm parents, teachers and other caregivers with resources and recreational activities for exploring local habitats” in order to bring children outside into nature. It is designed to help children across the country develop a better understanding and appreciation of the environment in which they live, and a burgeoning enthusiasm for its exploration.

By visiting the Take A Child Outside Web site you can make a pledge to take a child outside and help them experience the natural world. The Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge is providing family nature club activities at 9:15am Saturday, Sept. 24, and a campfire sing-along at 6:30pm. Sept. 24 is also National Public Lands Day, and the entrance fee to Forsythe is waived that day.

The Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge — which is administered by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service believes children want to embrace and explore their world.  This exploration shapes their lifelong relationship with their parents and the environment.  Stress reduction, greater physical health, a deeper sense of spirit, more creativity, a sense of play, even a safer life are all benefits for a family when it invites nature into their lives. Go here for more information.

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