Children are spending less time outdoors than ever before. Much of their time is now spent indoors watching TV, or spending time on computers or video games. A recent report found the average 8-18 year old American spent 53 hours per week (32%) on “entertainment media”. Richard Louv believes this contributes to a “nature-deficit” in children that may be associated with problems such as attention deficit disorder, obesity, less creativity, and depression. From staff-led birding and wildflower hikes to pond studies for local elementary students, Waubay NWR tries to raise awareness about the natural world all around us and encourage kids and adults to spend more time outdoors.
Waubay National Wildlife Refuge is a great place to visit with your class. Here are some guidelines and tips to help you plan a successful trip.
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Can't come to the Refuge? Waubay National Wildlife Refuge has three educational trunks that are available for loan to educators or home schools in our District interested in teaching about migratory birds or wetlands. These trunks are free to use and will be picked up and delivered at your convenience.
We also have two "Let's Go Outside!" backpacks that are available for loan and include a number of activities and tools for exploring. These activities are most appropriate for children 6 to 12 years old but can encourage a sense of wonder and fun for people of all ages.
Children are never too young to learn about the wonder of our natural resources. Kelly Preheim, a kindergarten teacher from Armour, SD, uses birds to bring nature into her classroom and hopefully develop a lifelong interest in the wildlife we share the planet with. Read her story here - Getting Kids Hooked on Birds.
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