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July 14, 2010

Get Outdoor S’more! New program for licensed child care providers

Waterbury, VT – You may already be familiar with Venture Vermont, a popular program where individuals and families earn points by doing fun outdoor activities like climbing trees, building sand sculptures or going on a hike. When participants reach 250 points, they submit their photos and score sheets and receive a Gold VIP parks pass good for free entry into state parks.

Now, Vermont State Parks announces a new program, Outdoor S’more!, designed for licensed child care providers and their pre-school-aged children. Still big on fun, the challenges are more exploratory in nature and completed in a group setting. Some examples of activities are “Find an Animal Home” (10 points), “Collect Seeds from Trees and Sort Them into Piles Based on how they Feel” (10 points), “Pretend to be a Tree” (10 points). When the group reaches 100 points and submits their score sheet and photos, the child care provider will receive one free day visit for the entire group to the Vermont State Park of their choice.

“We’ve wanted to do a version for small children for quite some time,” says Craig Whipple, Director of Vermont State Parks. “The earlier you can establish a connection to nature in children, the more they can enjoy the benefits as they grow”, Whipple commented.

A letter with score sheet will go out to each of Vermont’s Licensed Child Care Providers this week, and groups have until October 15th to submit their entries.

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Source: Agency of Natural Resources
Last Updated at: July 14, 2010 08:07:11