Physical Activity

Youth Sport Safety – Early Specialization

February 15, 2014 kidsandnature ParentingPhysical Activity

What does it take to make an Olympian, or at least raise a healthy athlete? You might say natural talent, lots of practice, a large dose of parental involvement. You would be right, except for that last part. A recent study has shown “Children left to themselves in spontaneous and unstructured sport and recreational activity are […]

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EcoWeekend – May 2-4, 2014

February 14, 2014 kidsandnature Education/SchoolsLNCI EventsParks and LandPhysical ActivityStatewide

EcoWeekend, a program of Columbus Audubon, will be held May 2-4, 2014 at Camp Oty’Okwa in the Hocking Hills. EcoWeekend brings you the very best in fun, family-friendly, and educational nature programming in central Ohio. Programs this year include presentations about medicinal plants, bird migration, bird banding, and several new nature walks.   Check out […]

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Conservation Projects for Youth and Families

January 27, 2014 kidsandnature ParentingParks and LandPhysical Activity

Conservation projects are a great way to engage youth in the outdoors and build a conservation ethic. We’ve compiled activities created by the Izaak Walton League and other reputable sources. -Wild Ones

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Help the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department!

January 20, 2014 kidsandnature Camps and Youth DevelopmentFundingParks and LandPhysical Activity

Help your Columbus Recreation and Parks Department grow for the future! We are putting a Master Plan together to lead us into the future. You can help shape the department by taking a survey at: www.surveymonkey.com/s/2013RecParksMP

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Children and Teens Forget to Make Time for Play

January 10, 2014 Site InSight Mental and Behavioral HealthParentingPhysical Activity

Children and teens are busier than ever these days. Between organized sports, music lessons, part-time jobs, and homework, its a wonder that young people have any free time at all. While society values a well-rounded and experienced young person, what are the downsides of always being on the go? Should we sign our children up […]

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Our Summit speaker on our NPR affiliate!

October 2, 2013 kidsandnature ParentingParks and LandPhysical Activity

Dudley Edmondson, the keynote speaker at our LNCI summit in Central Ohio, was a guest on WOSU’s All Sides with Ann Fisher. He said great things about our event, and helped Central Ohio listeners at large understand our movement. Here’s the link to listen: http://wosu.org/2012/allsides/dont-feed-the-bears-hiking-with-kids/ One of our attendees mentioned as she was driving away […]

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Hocking Hills: Free Family Activity Sept. 29 for Leave No Child Inside Day

September 3, 2013 kidsandnature Camps and Youth DevelopmentParentingParks and LandPhysical Activity

9/29/13:  National “Leave No Child Inside” Day, 1pm-3pm: Take a guided hike through a portion of Camp Oty’Okwa’s 700+ acres and explore the infamous Counselor’s Cave and Seven Dwarves Cave.  This is a free event and great for families; be sure to bring your hiking shoes!  Camp Oty’Okwa is located at 24799 Purcell Rd. South […]

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Amazing! See terrible and wonderful play spaces for children.

December 5, 2012 kidsandnature Education/SchoolsParks and LandPhysical Activity

http://www.freeplaynetwork.org.uk/playlink/exhibition/index.html If you don’t have much time, skip to the tab called “Places of Woe and Places of Possibility.” PLACES for PLAY PLAYLINK and the Free Play Network have created this exhibition to illustrate some of the many imaginative ways of creating play environments. We believe that play environments should be beautiful, individually designed, should […]

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Mark Fenton coming to Columbus! Get Moving, Central Ohio! Summit

June 1, 2012 kidsandnature Physical Activity

CENTRAL OHIO ALLIANCE FOR ACTIVE COMMUNITIES INVITES YOU TO ATTEND… GET MOVING, CENTRAL OHIO! SUMMIT   Tuesday, July 10, 2012 8:00am – 12:00pm http://www.facebook.com/events/372584792802222/

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Natural Play Area program at Sharon Woods Metro Park Sunday 4/22 2pm

April 20, 2012 allisonshaw Parks and LandPhysical Activity

Natural Play Area Adventures Program: Join us for a great outdoor experience and celebrate Earth Day! On Sunday at 2pm we will meet at our Natural Play Area inside Sharon Woods Metro Park. Help us pull invasive plants and pick up litter.  Items can then be exchanged at our “nature store” for building supplies to […]

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