Chimney Rock offers outdoor programs for children

Sep. 27, 2013 @ 03:25 AM

Today, fewer and fewer children are playing outdoors. But a national movement that started in North Carolina in 2006 called Take A Child Outside is trying to change that, one outdoor experience at a time. North Carolina’s state parks, including Chimney Rock State Park, are offering outdoor nature activities for children.

Daily programs at Chimney Rock State Park include an after-hours wildlife viewing, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m., a nature detectives interactive program, Sept. 29 at 10 a.m., and more.

On Saturday, Sept. 28 for National Public Lands Day, kids and families can join a park ranger on a guided hike from 10-11 a.m. to learn about resident wildlife, make a nature journal at 10 a.m.-noon, create turkey crafts at 11 a.m. and meet a few resident critters at Grady’s Wildlife of WNC program at 2 p.m. Many of the activities are inside the park and included with paid admission, though several programs are offered at the Old Rock Café for free.

Take A Child Outside Week is a program designed to help break down obstacles that keep children from discovering the natural world. Getting children outside has been proven to connect children to the natural world, help kids focus better in school and reduce the chances of obesity.

For the full list of times and events at Chimney Rock, visit chimneyrockpark.com. For more information about Take A Child Outside Week visit www.takeachildoutside.org.