2011-06-09 / Outdoors

Celebrate ‘No Child Left Inside Week’

The Department of Natural Resources is working with the Michigan No Child Left Inside Coalition to promote “No Child Left Inside Week” June 19-26. This annual week is set aside to encourage adults and caregivers to get Michigan’s children outdoors for at least one hour each day.

“We know that getting kids outdoors is important. Studies show benefits include physical, mental and emotional improvement when kids play outdoors,” said Raymond Rustem of the DNR Marketing and Outreach Division. “Kids today need to reconnect with their outdoor heritage. They understand less about the animals and plants in their backyard than they do the characters on popular TV shows or video games.”

The state parks’ summer Explorer Ranger program is also in full swing. This program places Explorer guides at 40 state parks, including South Higgins Lake State Park. The goal of the program is to introduce families and kids to the many outdoor opportunities in our state’s state parks. Information on state parks and programs can be found at www.michigan.gov/dnrrecreationcamping.

If you like to hike, bike or walk the state maintains hundreds of miles of trails. These trails offer a variety of options from hilly terrain to easily accessible loop paths. For an interactive map to find trails close to home or wherever you are traveling, go to www.michigan. gov/dnrtrails.

For information on how to spend a memorable day outdoors with your child and help build the next generation of the state’s conservation supporters, visit www.michigan.gov/nochildleftinside.

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