Fall is in the air and for many families that means getting back to school. As your family settles into their new schedule, Driftless Area Land Conservancy encourages you to consider the important role that outdoor recreation and exploration can play in your child’s development.
Even the most eager students can sometimes find themselves feeling a bit squirrely by the end of a long school day. Kids work hard all day long to not only pay attention and learn, but also to control themselves physically, emotionally and socially.
As research shows, giving kids the opportunity for free play outside helps release bottled up energy and emotion and allow children the time and space to process the challenges of their day. This leads to positive outcomes for behavior and helps kids adapt to new routines and expectations.
Consider leaving time in your child’s day for this worthwhile endeavor—allow them some time to sit quietly and observe the subtle changes of the season. Giving them the freedom to explore and play for a few minutes each day will help everyone as you settle back into the busy routines of a new school year.
There is often no need to look further than your own yard as a place for free play. However, if your family is looking to explore the Driftless Area, here are a few places to consider:
- Governor Dodge State Park
- Iowa County Recreation and Prairie Restoration Area (The Iowa County Farm)
- Erickson Conservation Area in Argyle
- Black Hawk Lake Recreation Area
- Your local Park
If you would like to learn more about our youth programs, upcoming events, or to suggest a youth activity please feel free to contact Driftless Area Land Conservancy at 608-930-3252 or Sarah@driftlessconservancy.