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Utah Botanical Center
(801) 544-3089
920 South 50 West
Kaysville, UT
Hours
Grounds Daily, dawn to dusk
Cost
Free
Ages
All Ages
Services Available
Camps, Indoors, Tourist Spots

My Gym - Layton
(801) 698-6628
1978 North Heritage Park Boulevard
Layton, UT
Hours
Schedule posted on website.
Cost
Lifetime Membership Fee $75; Classes $60 & up
Ages
0-13
Services Available
Camps, Classes, Indoors

Sunshine Generation
(801) 451-8877
City and statewide service
Farmington, UT
Hours
Varies by location
Cost
Inexpensive. Approximately $25-$30/month.
Ages
17-Mar
Services Available
Camps, Classes

CenterPoint Legacy Theatre
(801) 298-1302
525 North 400 West
Centerville, UT
Hours
Shows Mon-Sat 7:30pm
Cost
Adults $14-$17; Seniors & Students $13-$15
Ages
3And Up
Services Available
Camps, Classes, Entertainment, Indoors

iFLY Utah
(801) 528-5348
2261 Kiesel Avenue
Ogden, UT
Hours
Mon-Thu 10am-9pm; Fri & Sat 10am-10pm
Cost
First time flyer Adults $44-$49; Children (11 & under) $39-$44. Accepts cash and major credit cards.
Ages
3And Up
Services Available
Camps, Classes, Indoors, Leagues & Teams, Tourist Spots

UP WITH KIDS! Musical Theatre Academy
(801) 725-4056
85 North 100 East
Kaysville, UT
Hours
Varies. See website.
Cost
Tuition $35/month; Materials $50/year
Ages
17-Apr
Services Available
Camps, Classes

UP WITH KIDS! Musical Theatre Academy
(801) 589-1972
140 East Center Street
Clearfield, UT
Hours
Varies. See website.
Cost
Tuition $35/month; Materials $50/year
Ages
17-Apr
Services Available
Camps, Classes

Jo-Ann Superstore
(801) 393-2338
4978 South 1050 West
Ogden, UT
Hours
Mon-Sat 9am-9pm; Sun 10am-7pm
Cost
Class prices vary. See website.
Ages
All Ages
Services Available
Camps, Classes, Stores

Astro Camp
(801) 737-8404
375 Goddard
Ogden, UT
Hours
Varies; see website for details.
Cost
Camps $125 & up
Ages
15-Sep
Services Available
Camps

Ogden Nature Center
(801) 621-7595
966 West 12th Street
Ogden, UT
Hours
Mon-Fri 9am-5pm; Sat 9am-4pm
Cost
Adults $4; Seniors (65+) $3; Children (ages 2-11) $2, (1 & under) free
Ages
All Ages
Services Available
Camps, Classes, Kids Resources, Stores, Tourist Spots

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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