Outdoor Children's Camps Longmont CO

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Girls' Wilderness Program
(303) 938-9191
Boulder, CO
 
Longmont Museum and Cultural Center
(303) 651-8374
400 Quail Road
Longmont, CO
Hours
Tue & Thu-Sat 9am-5pm; Wed 9am-8pm; Sun 1pm-5pm; Mon closed
Cost
Free
Ages
2And Up
Services Available
Camps, Classes, Entertainment, Indoors, Tourist Spots

ABC for Kids
(303) 443-KIDS
2829 Mapleton Avenue,Upstairs at Boulder Rock Club
Boulder, CO
Hours
Mon-Fri 10am-12pm & 3:30pm-5:30pm; Sat 10:30am-12n
Cost
Varies by program
Ages
7-Mar
Services Available
Camps, Classes, Indoors

Boulder Indoor Soccer
(303) 440-0809
2845 29th Street
Boulder, CO
Hours
Visit the website for a current schedule
Cost
$$
Ages
3And Up
Services Available
Camps, Classes, Entertainment, Indoors, Leagues & Teams

Boulder JCC Preschool
(303) 449-3996
3800 Kalmia Avenue
Boulder, CO
Hours
Mon-Fri 8am-1pm; Enrichment classes 1pm-3pm
Ages
5-Feb
Services Available
Camps

Colorado Mountain Ranch
(303) 442-4557
Boulder, CO
 
Primrose School of Longmont
(303) 774-1919
1335 Dry Creek Drive
Longmont, CO
Cost
See website for tuition rates.
Ages
0-6
Services Available
Camps, Childcare

Twin Lakes Summer Day Camp
(303) 941-2645
4280 Nautilus Court
Boulder, CO
Ages
0-11
Services Available
Camps

Kutandara Center & Kamp Kutandara
(303) 443-2969
5401 Western Avenue, Suite B
Boulder, CO
Hours
Mon-Thu 1pm-10pm; Fri 1-5pm; closed Saturdays and Sundays
Cost
Varies by program
Ages
4And Up
Services Available
Camps, Classes, Entertainment, Indoors

Sylvan Learning Centers
(303) 449-1700
1600 38th Street
Boulder, CO
Hours
Mon-Fri 9am-7:30pm; Fri 8:30am-2pm; Sat 12n-4pm
Cost
Varies by hours of instruction and number of subjects.
Ages
17-Apr
Services Available
Camps, Classes, Kids Resources

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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