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How to Get Kids Outside, 5/14/12

2012/04/20

May 14, 2012: The BIG Garden, Carol Mundy, Head Naturalist at Glenwood Gardens. When children can play and learn in a safe environment, such as a children’s garden, they become at ease with nature. Learning to be at ease in a small garden setting allows them to translate the lessons learned there to their visit to a large park, a hike in a forest, or chasing butterflies in the prairie (i.e. “the BIG Garden”). We must use any opportunity to foster in children the genuine, deep-seated love for nature that only comes from compiling lots of little nature experiences throughout a person’s life. You remember the first firefly you caught, or the first shooting star you witnessed – these are the experiences that build a foundation for healthy mind, body and spirit. This program was originally presented at the American Horticultural Society’s Youth and Children’s Gardening symposium and it is meant to be an encouragement to parents, teachers and other adults to involve children in nature exploration. By exploring on a small scale, such as in a children’s garden, children learn to be aware and respect nature on a big scale when they encounter it.

While Carol holds a degree in Animal Health from the University of Cincinnati, she’s been a nature enthusiast her whole life and claims most of her natural history knowledge is through “osmosis.”  She’s been a Naturalist with the Hamilton County Park District in Cincinnati since 1986 and became Head Naturalist at Glenwood Gardens in 2004. She’s taught for University of Cincinnati, traveled as a Naturalist with the Delta Queen Steamboat Company, and currently hosts a weekly radio program. She’s been a speaker at many local and national groups including the National Youth and Children’s Gardening Symposium for the American Horticultural Society, the Miami Valley Gardening Conference, the National Wildlife Rehabilitator’s Association, the Herb Society of America, the National Conference for Wild Ones, the Native Plant Association, and the Midwest Native Plant Conference. 7:30 P.M., 2nd Floor Oxford Community Room, Lebanon Citizens National Bank,

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