CHILDREN’S OUTDOOR EDUCATION PROGRAM
The Railyard Park Conservancy is committed to working with educators to get kids learning outdoors and offering parents new ways to connect their children to nature.
Children spend only minutes per day learning and playing outdoors and more than seven sedentary hours each day in front of electronic media. Outdoor time with both structured and unstructured play enhances kids’ health, expands imagination and attention spans, decreases aggression and boosts classroom performance.
SAND PLAY SATURDAYS!
FREE and Open To The Pubic!
2019 Sand Play details and dates – TBA
Every Saturday from May through August, the Railyard Park Conservancy hosts free Sand Play Saturdays in the Children’s Play Area.
10:00 AM – NOON – Every Saturday from May – August. FREE!
Sand Play Saturday is an opportunity for toddlers all the way up to elementary school aged children to explore, discover and think creatively through sand, water, sand toys and kitchen utensils.
Early Childhood Development studies show that contact with nature has been associated with a number of health and cognitive benefits for children, such as increased creativity and reduced rates of aggression.
The impact of nature or environmental education – experiential learning outside the classroom – enables children to apply their learning in the real world as it ignites creativity, imagination and connects children and parents to their community.
“We can’t blame children for occupying themselves with Facebook rather than playing in the mud. Our society doesn’t put a priority on connecting with nature. In fact, too often we tell them it’s dirty and dangerous.” -David Suzuki