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Denver Soccer Camp
2201 E. Asbury Ave.
Denver, CO
 
South Suburban Ice Arena
(303) 798-7881
6580 South Vine Street
Littleton, CO
Hours
Visit the website for public free skate schedule
Cost
$4-$6; skate rental is available
Ages
All Ages
Services Available
Camps, Classes, Entertainment, Indoors, Leagues & Teams

Colorado Budokan
(720) 253-7473
3547 S. Monaco Parkway
Denver, CO
Hours
Mon & Wed 4:30pm-8:30pm; Tue & Thu 5pm-8:30pm; Fri 5:30pm-7:30pm; Sat 9:30am-12:30am
Cost
$$
Ages
3And Up
Services Available
Camps, Classes

Swallow Hill
(303) 777-1003
71 East Yale Avenue
Denver, CO
Hours
Mon-Thu 11am-9pm; Fri 11am-5pm; Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 1pm-5pm
Cost
Moderate
Ages
2And Up
Services Available
Camps, Classes, Entertainment

University of Denver Ritchie Center
(303) 871-3908
2201 East Asbury Drive
Denver, CO
Hours
Varies by program
Cost
Varies by activity.
Ages
6And Up
Services Available
Camps, Classes

Christian Youth Theater
(303) 791-5712
6560 South Broadway
Littleton, CO
Hours
Half-day programs
Cost
$125-$175
Ages
6And Up
Services Available
Camps, Classes

Denver Academy of Ballet
(303) 723-4203
5910 South University Blvd
Littleton, CO
Hours
Visit the website for a current schedule of classes
Cost
Varies by program
Ages
2And Up
Services Available
Camps, Classes, Entertainment

DU PASS Camp
(303) 871-3908
2201 East Asbury Avenue
Denver, CO
Hours
8:15am-5:30pm; Program offered June-August
Cost
First Child $229/week; Siblings $209/week
Ages
11-May
Services Available
Camps

iD Tech Camps at University of Denver
(888) 709-TECH
University of Denver,2020 E Evans Avenue
Denver, CO
Hours
Check website for schedule
Cost
Moderate to expensive
Ages
17-Aug
Services Available
Camps

Rocky Mountain Theatre for Kids - Denver
(303) 245-8150
2290 S. Clayton,Saint Mary's Anglican Church
Denver, CO
Hours
Year round classes, summer camps, and more.
Cost
Approx. $150 per class and $280-$300/week for camp
Ages
16-Mar
Services Available
Camps, Classes, Entertainment

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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