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
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
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
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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Students create posters to put up at their school
Students create posters to put up at their school

One of our goals at Inside the Outdoors is to create better stewards of the environment.  It is the children of the world that will be taking on the responsibility of making it a better place.  By sharing our passion we help foster an apprication for science and nature and all the wonders our Earth has to over.  Bellow are letters from students who attended Outdoor Science School to Mother Earth, on ways they can make the Earth a better place.

"Dear Mother Earth,

I am glad that you let us live on this planet. I will try to save the planet by not ruining oceans, forests, and more land.  I want the animals to have a good place to live. I will try my best to protect the Earth for you.

Sincerely, Cesar M."

"Dear Mother Earth,

I will pick up a lot more garbage.  I will ask people to cut less wood from your forests, and that we should only chop down trees when we need it. I will clean up in my community and I will help save the Earth.  Thank you for providing us with food, water and much more.

Sincerely, Leslie Y."

With your continued help we can continue to provide these life changing experiences for students and help create empowered young people that will strive to make this planet a better place for all. 

"Recycle Man" tells students to recycle at lunch!
"Recycle Man" tells students to recycle at lunch!
Students discovering nature at OSS
Students discovering nature at OSS
Students discovering nature
Students discovering nature

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