Time: 12-1 p.m.
Location: REI Bloomington
750 W. American Blvd, Bloomington
Cost: Free, no registration necessary
Date: March 14 - Nature's connection to mental health
The first bimonthly brown-bag seminar of the Minnesota Children & Nature Connection will focus on children's mental health and nature. CYFC's Judy Myers, mental health coordinator and Cathy Jordan, director, will provide research-based information about the impact of nature experiences on promoting children's emotional well-being (improve focus, enhance mood, decrease stress) and in treating mental health disorders in children (such as ADHD, depression and anxiety). Attendees will reflect on how they can enhance their own practice to better utilize nature to enhance children's mental health.
Future events in the series include:
- May 9 - How to of nature play: Practical tips for engaging kids in nature
- July 11 - Family nature clubs: Resources for starting a club, partnering with park agencies and getting Involved in existing clubs
- September 23-26 - Minnesota Recreation & Park Association Annual Conference (at the National Sport Center in Blaine)
- November - Professional workshop, topic and details TBD
Children, Youth and Family Consortium