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Posted on: September 4, 2019

Outdoor Kansas for Kids Day introduces children to nature

For release:   Immediately                       Contact: Mike McLaughlin, 785-251-6880

Date:              Sept. 7, 2019


            TOPEKA, KAN. – Kansas Wildscapes has previously named Shawnee County Parks Recreation’s Outdoor Kansas for Kids Day one of the best in Kansas. The 2019 Outdoor Kansas for Kids Day is set for 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 21 at the Shawnee North Community Park nature trail. Children will hike the nature trail and join in activities such as archery, casting a fishing line, creek discovery, Kansas animal education, nature mural painting and making s’mores at a campsite. There will be a prize drawing when the last group of hikers finishes the trail.

            Kansas Wildscape which promotes Outdoor Kansas for Kids recognizes that there was once a time when Kansas kids grew up outdoors, working on the family farm, chasing frogs by the pond, wandering along creeks and rivers and more. Today’s children grow up in a generation of technology, constant activities and expectations and strict boundaries set by parents and society to protect children. This can result in a shrinking sensory world. Outdoor Kansas for Kids pairs adults with kids to partner and mentor them to enjoy recreational opportunities and promote and provide active vs. sedentary lifestyles.

            There are more than 40 OK Kansas Kids sites across the state with more than 13,000 youth participating. The program is free and open to all children.

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