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Yellowstone Art Museum
(406) 256-6804
401 N 27th Street
Billings, MT
Hours
Mon-Wed & Fri-Sat 10am-5pm, Thu 10am-8pm, Sun 12n-5pm; closed on Mon during winter months
Cost
Adults $7; Students $5; Children (6-18) $3, (5 & under) free
Ages
All Ages
Services Available
Camps, Classes, Indoors, Stores, Tourist Spots

VentureTheatre
406.591.9535; 406.255.9657
2317 Montana Avenue
Billings, MT
Hours
Varies by show; see website
Cost
$8-$25
Ages
4And Up
Services Available
Camps, Classes, Entertainment, Indoors

Billings Studio Theatre
(406) 248-1141
1500 Rimrock Road
Billings, MT
Hours
Varies by show; see website
Cost
Adults $10-$19.50; Students $8-$16
Ages
5And Up
Services Available
Camps, Classes, Entertainment, Indoors

Billings Gymnastics School
(406) 259-2237
240 South 8th Street West
Billings, MT
Hours
Varies by class; call for details.
Cost
Varies by class; call for details.
Ages
All Ages
Services Available
Camps, Classes

Camp Mak-A-Dream
(406) 549-5987
Missoula, MT
 
Billings YMCA
(406) 248-1685
402 N 32nd Street
Billings, MT
Cost
Varies by program, but inexpensive
Ages
All Ages
Services Available
Camps, Childcare, Classes, Indoors

The Reef Indoor Water Park
(406) 839-9283
1801 Majestic Lane
Billings, MT
Cost
Over 48" $16.95; Under 48" $14.95; Spectators $5
Ages
All Ages
Services Available
Camps, Indoors, Tourist Spots

Buy the Bead
(406) 651-8831
670 King Park Drive
Billings, MT
Hours
Mon-Sat 10am-6pm; Sun 11am-5pm
Ages
6And Up
Services Available
Camps, Classes

ZooMontana
(406) 652-8100
2100 S Shiloh Road
Billings, MT
Hours
Summer Daily, 10am-5pm; Winter Daily, 10am-4pm
Cost
Adults $6; Seniors $4; Children (3-15) $3
Ages
All Ages
Services Available
Camps, Classes, Parents Resources, Tourist Spots

Under Western Skies Adventures
(800) 563-8154
Bozeman, MT
 

Great Big World

Spending time immersed in nature helps produce happy, well-adjusted kids.

By Violet Snow

April 2010

I like to play indoors better ‘cause that’s where all the electrical outlets are—a fourth-grader in San Diego, quoted in Last Child in the Woods (Workman Publishing Company, 2005), in which journalist Richard Louv introduced the concept of “nature deficit disorder” in children.

Freewheeling outdoor play, from building stick shelters to cloudgazing, that was once common for children is much less available to today’s youth—and Louv says they’re missing something vital. He blames influences such as the loss of green space, an obsession with safety, educational pressures and the fascination of electronic media.

Numerous studies show that problems such as obesity, depression and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) improve when kids are exposed to nature. Cornell University researchers found that children with ready access to nature handled stress more successfully (Environment and Behavior 5/03). Scientists at the University of Southern California found that children who had park space within 500 meters of home tended to be less overweight (Association of Research Libraries conference, 4/09).

One recent University of Illinois study, involving children with ADHD, may help explain why interaction with nature is so important for all youngsters. It is based on attention restoration theory. Most of the time we use directed attention, which lets us focus on tasks but also fatigues with use. Involuntary attention is spontaneous and does not require effort. Natural settings often contain elements that engage involuntary attention, which allows directed attention to rest and recover.

In this study, children with ADHD took guided walks for 20 minutes through three different settings: a park, a quiet downtown area and a residential neighborhood. The youngsters’ capacity for concentration was tested after every walk; they scored higher after walking in the park than after the other outings (Journal of Attention Disorders 8/08).

Nature’s regenerative effects can be observed in all children, but they often need encouragement. The second edition of Last Child in the Woods (2008) lists 100 suggestions for connecting kids and nature, such as buying a truckload of dirt to play in; going for a family walk when the moon is full; buying field guides to birds, trees and flowers; planting a butterfly garden; and studying animal tracking.

Andrea Taylor, PhD, one of the University of Illinois researchers, believes that these study results offer clear implications for public policy. “We have to make nature accessible,” she says. “It’s not enough to have a massive park six blocks away. There should be small pockets of natural area near the home.

Louv’s book sparked the creation of a Children and Nature Network ( www.childrenandnature.org ) to promote awareness and push for legislation. Such calls for action are starting to bear f...

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