The air we breathe is one of our most precious resources. Take a deep breath. Now, let it out. Doesn’t that feel good? That oxygen in the air travels into our lungs and keeps our heart beating. Most of the time we don’t even notice! And sometimes, we actually take our air for granted! We shouldn’t. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CD), the prevalence of asthma increased from 7.3% in 2001 to 8.4% in 2010, when 25.7 million people were diagnosed with asthma.
Thanks to all of the kids, parents and community partners who helped to make our first Explore the Outdoors event a huge success. 2500 people and 40 plus community organizations joined us on April 28, 2013 as we explored many of the exciting outdoor resources we have here in our community.
Does a waterfall cascade from your home, office or school’s roof every time it rains? Do you need a canoe to get from your car to your school or office door? You are not alone.
In honor of National Get Outside (GO) Day on Saturday, June 8th, I’d like to introduce you to a group of talented high school students who have created a beautiful documentary film about Shenandoah National Park: Preserving Our Future. I am very impressed by these young people who are learning the art of film making at Light House Studio in Charlottesville, Virginia.
How much do you or your children know about the Chesapeake Bay? Do you know it is the largest estuary in the United States and that it receives water from New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia? Have you ever experienced first-hand its many ecosystems? Recently a group of young people participating in a Green Adventure Project Expedition got to do just that. They explored the Chesapeake Bay and learned along the way how to protect this beautiful and important resource.
Join Team Wood Thrush from Lucille M. Brown Middle School at our Explore the Outdoors Event, Sunday, April 28th from 1:00 until 5:00. These passionate young bird lovers will be at the Community Idea Stations and adjacent Huguenot Park sharing their love of the great outdoors. They will be teaching us how to recognize and "sing" bird calls and talking with us about what is needed to save this endangered neo-tropical bird.
The weather is finally fantastic and it’s time to Explore the Outdoors! Did you know that if you travel only twenty miles from downtown Richmond you can hike the trails and explore the lakes of beautiful Pocahontas State Park?
Ready to celebrate Earth Day? You can join the fun at the RVA Earth Day Festival on the riverside in Manchester on Saturday April 20th from 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Style Weekly is the host of this annual free event and provides resources and education for Richmonders to incorporate “greener” practices into their lifestyle.
Because of society’s emphasis on new technology, daily outdoor play for many children has become a part of the past. Most children spend only 1% of their time outdoors. Our children's access and opportunities to play in natural spaces has severely decreased over the past decade. Studies have proven that the more time children are “plugged in” their health and social skills begin to suffer. It is now time for us as a community to work together with our schools to take action.