BENEFITING: THE SPIRIT OF ALEXANDRIA FOUNDATION
The time children spend playing freely outside is becoming a thing of the past. Kids today, average only 30 minutes PER WEEK of unstructured playtime in nature. Limited green spaces, over scheduling of organized activities, parental fears of stranger danger, insect stings and falls all lead to children living indoors and in front of screens. Yet the benefits of outdoor “free play” are endless: increased physical activity and fitness, enhanced creativity, imagination and cognitive skills, improved risk-assessment skills and stress reduction. Best of all, a connection to nature will build future conservationists for our world tomorrow.
The Tree House (ADA accessible), sponsored by the Spirit of Alexandria Foundation, at the Howell Nature Center will give thousands of children a magical experience in nature every year. Think ‘Swiss Family Robinson!’ Children will climb to a whole new world up in the trees using the suspended walkways, up to the central tree house/learning center 16 feet above the forest floor. They’ll have binoculars to watch birds, a suspension bridge to run across, and integrated play features to explore. Inside, the Tree House will have hands-on activities to engage children’s senses in nature, scavenger hunts to explore the changing seasons, and natural props to encourage imagination. As a part of Alexandria’s Nature Scape, the Tree House will be open to the general public 7 days a week, broadening young minds and building healthy bodies.
Please help us to get the next generation to “Go Outside and Play!”