Outdoor Children's Camps Boulder City NV

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Red Mountain Music Company
(702) 294-0043
P.O. Box 61170
Boulder City, NV
Ages
All Ages
Services Available
Camps, Classes, Entertainment

Black Mountain Recreation Center & Aquatic Complex
(702) 267-4070
599 Greenway Road
Henderson, NV
Hours
Mon-Fri 5am-9pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 1pm-5pm; Pool open seasonally, call for class and open-swim schedules
Cost
Inexpensive to moderate; Call for class and pool fees
Ages
All Ages
Services Available
Camps, Classes, Leagues & Teams

Abrakadoodle
(702) 255-2787
Henderson, NV
Ages
12-Feb
Services Available
Camps, Classes

Fern Adair Conservatory of the Arts
(702) 458-7575
3265 East Patrick Lane
Las Vegas, NV
Hours
Varies by class
Ages
3And Up
Services Available
Camps, Classes

International Tennis Centre Las Vegas
(702) 685-6038
5975 Topaz Street
Las Vegas, NV
Hours
Mon-Fri 8am-8pm; Sat-Sun 8am-6pm
Ages
5And Up
Services Available
Camps, Classes

Valley View Recreation Center
(702) 267-4060
500 Harris Street
Henderson, NV
Hours
Mon-Fri 5am-9pm; Sat 9am-5pm
Ages
All Ages
Services Available
Camps, Classes, Entertainment

Henderson Multigenerational Center
(702) 267-5800
250 South Green Valley Parkway
Henderson, NV
Hours
Mon-Fri 5am-9pm; Sat 9am-5pm; Sun 1pm-5pm
Ages
All Ages
Services Available
Camps, Childcare, Classes, Leagues & Teams

Silver Springs Recreation Center
(702) 267-5720
1951 Silver Springs Parkway
Henderson, NV
Hours
Mon-Fri 5am-9pm; Sat 9am-5pm; Sun 1pm-5pm
Ages
All Ages
Services Available
Camps, Childcare, Classes, Leagues & Teams

Montessori Visions Academy
(702) 451-9801
3551 East Sunset Road
Las Vegas, NV
Hours
Mon-Fri 7:30am-5:30pm
Cost
Tuition ranges from $6,255 to $7,200
Ages
14-Feb
Services Available
Camps, Childcare

School of Modern Arts Salsa and Hip-Hop (SMASH)
(702) 407-7827
9620 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Suite N9
Las Vegas, NV
Cost
Varies by program
Ages
All Ages
Services Available
Camps, Classes

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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