Connecting Children to Nature

by Inside the Outdoors Foundation
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Connecting Children to Nature
Connecting Children to Nature
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Connecting Children to Nature
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Connecting Children to Nature
Connecting Children to Nature
Connecting Children to Nature
Connecting Children to Nature
Connecting Children to Nature
Connecting Children to Nature
Connecting Children to Nature
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Connecting Children to Nature
Connecting Children to Nature
Connecting Children to Nature
Connecting Children to Nature
Connecting Children to Nature
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Connecting Children to Nature
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Connecting Children to Nature
Connecting Children to Nature
Connecting Children to Nature
Students participate in Anaheim community project
Students participate in Anaheim community project

Inside the Outdoors' programs are more than just bringing students to the outdoors. Sometimes, letting those students experience nature and learn valuable environmental science lessons means coming to them.

That's exactly the thought behind our Traveling Scientist program, which brings an experienced naturalist directly to campuses for small, in-classroom sessions.

This fall, Inside the Outdoors will be traveling to neighborhoods of Anaheim that have been plagued by gang violence, poverty and, in some cases, a feeling of hopelessness.

Juan, a fifth-grader on Anna Drive, lives just a few yards from where a suspected gang member ran from police and was fatally shot last summer. Juan's neighborhood is riddled with graffiti and trash that piles up along fences and in gutters. His parents, immigrants from Mexico who came to Anaheim for a better life, are afraid to let him play outside. So Juan stays indoors, rarely traveling even to a city park. He's never been to the mountains that he can clearly see in the distance outside his apartment window.

He's exactly the kind of student Inside the Outdoors plans to reach with a message of hope and empowerment. A Traveling Scientist from the program will come directly into schools near Juan's neighborhood to develop an increased awareness about environmental issues such as pollution, trash and graffiti.

More than 200 K-6th grade students will work with mentors to identify and analyze a community problem, then plan a community event such as trash cleanup and/or graffiti removal for some 500 community members. Several middle-school and high-school students will work with those younger students to help plan and serve as mentors in the community.

The goal: To educated students and make them aware that they have a strong collective voice and the power to make positive change in their own communities. In short, to give hope.

This is all possible only with the generous support of donors like you. For more information, please visit us at insidetheoutdoors.org.

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Inside the Outdoors Summer Day Camp 2013
Inside the Outdoors Summer Day Camp 2013

Summer is definitely heating up at Inside the Outdoors. And just because kids are out of school doesn’t mean the learning has stopped.

Our Summer Day Camp is getting kids outdoors to stay active – physically and mentally. Inside the Outdoors’ camps are designed for fun and education, to prevent the traditional “summer slide” in learning, keeping kids engaged through hands-on fun in nature’s classroom.

For some of the kids, it’s their first time away from Mom and Dad and a chance to meet new friends. At the same time, sessions focus on a variety of hands-on activities students can enjoy while building science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills.

Camp themes include:

  • Survival of the Kiddest: Students become survival experts, building shelters, constructing a compass, going fishing and learning trail safety and crucial skills to stay safe.
  • “AMAZE”ing Scientists!: Junior Scientists explore archeology, marine biology, zoology and more while they meet live animals, do experiments and crafts.
  • Eco-Avengers: Ready, set, save the planet! Campers become planet protectors, designing solar-powered boats, discovering worm power and learning how to help endangered animals.

Because more than 60 percent of students who attend an Inside the Outdoors program come from disadvantaged neighborhoods, generous donations help send more kids to our programs – all year long.

Thank you for checking out more about what we do at insidetheoutdoors.org.

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Students turn science lessons into action
Students turn science lessons into action

Generous donations continue to help Inside the Outdoors inspire young students to explore their inner scientist in nature’s classroom.

In addition to our core programs – Outdoor Science School, Traveling Scientist and Field Trips – students are increasingly taking the science lessons they learn and putting them into action to help inspire other students and tackle real-world issues. They’re doing so through Inside the Outdoors’ Service-Learning projects.

While a student at Brea-Olinda High School, Briana was inspired to start a campus group focused on environmental stewardship. Under her leadership, that club instituted a campus-wide recycling program, replanted native vegetation after a devastating fire, built a school garden and took the lead in a recently created Youth Stewardship Council, which is recruiting environmentally conscious students from across the region to seek solutions for local environmental issues.

Briana passed on what she learned to younger, like-minded students. But her efforts didn’t stop upon graduation from high school. Far from it. She’s now in college studying environmental law with the hope of someday having a positive effect on shaping environmental policy.

This month, Briana will be a featured speaker presenting information about her efforts during an Earth Day webinar broadcast to thousands of Disney cast members around the globe.

Your donations similarly can inspire a single student or an entire class. Thank you for checking out more about what we do at insidetheoutdoors.org and like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ITOFoundation.

Science students participate in Service Learning
Science students participate in Service Learning
Students replant at Brea Olinda High School
Students replant at Brea Olinda High School

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Students on a Field Trip
Students on a Field Trip

As 2013 approaches I look back over this past year at all that we have accomplished.  In 2012 we served over 125,000 students and teachers through our Field Trips, Outdoor Science School, and Traveling Scientist programs.  Over 50% of those students were able to attend because of sponsorships they were given from individuals like you.  These students were given the experience of nature and in some sparked an interest that will never leave them.  These students are our future engineers, scientists, businessmen and women, teachers and much more. Sometimes this is the only experience with nature students may get.  For these students the experience means so much more.  It is because of them that we do the work we do.

"I thought the field trip was fun especially the gopher snake and "Oreo" the rat, but the best part was hiking and finding out the wonderful sights and smells of nature." - Pablo, 4th grader 

"Thank you for everything! I had a great time and I finally experienced what it's like to be outdoors! I'll never forget the smell of the cabin and more importantly the smell of the mountains, the river, the grass and the whole atmosphere of it." - Eddie, 6th grader

"My favorite part of taking my students to Outdoor Science School is to see their eyes light up with excitement for what they are learning and watch as their minds open.  Thank you for giving them this wonderful experience!" - Sarah, 6th grade teacher

As the year is coming to a close please consider making a tax deductible donation to help send a student or a whole class to an Inside the Outdoors Program.

Students at Outdoor Science School
Students at Outdoor Science School

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"Must we always teach our children with books? Let them look at the mountains and the stars up above. Let them look at the beauty of the waters and the trees and flowers on earth. They will then begin to think, and to think is the beginning of a real education."   - David Polis, Environmentalist

This is something to keep in mind as our children head back to school with the start of the new year.  Each year Inside the Outdoors serves approximately 150,000 students, teachers, and community members throughout Southern California.  Over 60% of the students attending ITO programs are from low income families and receive sponsorships to participate.  That is roughly 90,000 students a year counting on the generous support of others to give them the experience of the outdoors.  For many, attending an ITO program is their first experience in nature; going to the beach, the mountains, seeing the starry night sky, playing in the snow, walking through a creek, and much, much more!  The experience, knowledge, and friendships gained stays with these students for a long time.  Most of the adults that we connect with can remember their experience with outdoor ed. when they were kids!  This just proves the impact that being outdoors in a learning environment can have on a person.

With the continued cuts to education, opportunities such as the ones ITO provide get less and less for students.  Schools and teachers depend more on outside agencies and individuals to help them continue to give the students the same experiences that the students before them received.  This is where ITO and its supporters can step in.  With your support we are able to give students the opportunity to learn and grow from the outdoors, experiences that last a lifetime.

Thank you for your continued support!  And...

"Let your walks now be a little more adventurous."   - Henry David Thoreau

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