Mosquito Hill Nature Center's: Leave No Family Inside
Author Richard Louv’s book, Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder, has spurred a national dialogue among educators, health professionals, parents, developers and conservationists.
In this influential work about the staggering divide between children and the outdoors, Louv directly links the lack of nature in the lives of today’s wired generation—he calls it nature-deficit—to some of the most disturbing childhood trends, such as the rises in obesity, attention disorders, and depression. As a result, the “Leave No Child Inside” national campaign was started, as a means to get children to reconnect with the out of doors.
While getting children outside is certainly important, we feel that it is crucial to get the whole family to share in the experience. Even though children learn through self-discovery, far more than not they are taught through learned behavior. Getting families learning and playing together in an outdoor setting usually leads to more at home discussion and outdoor exploration on a regular basis. To help us with this task, we have created the “Leave No Family Inside” campaign for Mosquito Hill Nature Center.
Each month, Mosquito Hill Nature Center will offer a family oriented program geared for kids and adults of all ages and skill levels. These programs are seasonally appropriate and aim to teach the participants something about nature...in an out-of-doors setting.
|Thanks to the Children & Nature Network for their generous stipend to help offset the cost of these programs, as well as program supplies and gifts for participants.|
Leave No Family Inside: Going Batty!
Friday, June 16, 8:00 – 9:30 PM
Bats get a bad rap. What many people assume is a rabies-infested nuisance is actually a beneficial insect-eating machine. Unfortunately, this incredible mammal is being affected by a life threatening illness called White-Nose Syndrome (WNS) and populations are in sharp decline. You will learn about Wisconsin’s bat species during an indoor presentation and then a hike outside to hear live bats in action. A hand-held bat detector will be used to record their echolocation signals to determine each species of bat present.
Cost: $6/person or $10/household
Registration and payment due June 10