Outdoor Learning Program Expands Along Gulf Coast
Nature Connect is launching a family program this month in D’Iberville, Mississippi and is enrolling kids for summer camps, preschool and homeschool programs in Daphne and Montrose, Alabama. Serving ages newborn to 12, Nature Connect cultivates a sense of wonder, a love for learning and an appreciation of the natural world. Kids unplug from technology and explore the outdoors to reconnect with each other and the world around them. With lots of educational fun and play, students learn about animal tracking, bird calls, plant and animal identification, and primitive skills and crafts.
“I spent my childhood outside and I want to help foster the next generation of scientists and environmental stewards,” says founder Brinkley Hutchings.
Studies show that time spent in nature increases attention span, ability to concentrate, self-esteem, creativity, critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Children who spend more time outdoors and who participate in cooperative group activities also tend to have healthier relationships with friends and family.
“Our programs are not only about being outdoors, but also about nurturing the children to be healthy, vibrant and connected individuals,” Hutchings explains. “We support children to be kind and generous, empower them to navigate life’s challenges, and create the space for them to experience the joys of being alive.”
For more information, call 251-747-7846 or visit NatureConnectAlabama.org.