Posted by: Kirsten | Thursday, 27 December 2007

Junior Ranger Activity Room at Indiana Dunes

From the NPS website…


Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, a member of the Chicago Wilderness Consortium, wants kids and grown-ups alike to take a break from their computer screens, TVs and cell phones and go out in nature to run, jump, play and explore.


The National Lakeshore will help facilitate a family’s trip to the outdoors in the new Junior Ranger Activity Room at the Dorothy Buell Memorial Visitor Center.  Visitors of all ages will be able to explore and interact with games, exhibits, natural objects, books and puppets in this interactive orientation space.  Rangers and volunteers will be on hand to assist visitors as they learn about the best places to visit and the unique resources found within this park.  The Junior Ranger Activity Room will be a continuing feature at the visitor center during its regular hours of operation throughout the year as staffing permits.


For tens of thousands of years, kids went outside and played in nature. In the space of only three decades, our society is reversing this trend. Children’s health experts agree that the lack of unstructured outdoor playtime for children may be linked to childhood obesity, attention deficit disorder and poor social skills. As part of Leave No Child Inside, a Chicago Wilderness initiative to reconnect kids and nature, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is holding this event and others in the hopes of improving kids health and conserving our natural heritage for the future.


WHAT:  Junior Rangers Activity Room

WHERE:  Dorothy Buell Memorial Visitor Center of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

WHEN: Anytime the Visitor Center is open — 8:30am-4:30pm


For more information on these or other programs at the national lakeshore, contact the visitor center at (219) 926-7561, ext. 225.



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