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Sep 30, 2010 10:24 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

No Child Left Inside Day at Cheyenne Mtn State Park

Getting kids outside to enjoy nature is the goal of rangers at Cheyenne Mountain State Park in Colorado Springs.  This Saturday, Oct. 2,  has been designated No Child Left Inside Day and they've ramped-up the activities available for kids.

Try out archery with the Division Of Wildlife's Steve Lucero, enjoy a live bird program by Diana Miller from the Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo, become bear aware, go on a bug hunt, participate in Plant and Animal Programs, Hikes, Games, Nature Crafts, and more.

According to Brian Kerrigan, Park Ranger, "Highlighting the need for increased environmental education, one national study found that children today spend an average of six hours each day in front of the computer and television, but less than four minutes a day in unstructured outdoor play. Another study found that young people could identify 1,000 corporate logos but fewer than 10 plants or animals native to their back yards. Let's turn these statistics around and get outside to learn more about our wonderful local habitat and wildlife neighbors!"

More information is available on the park's website or a specially prepared brochure.

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