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Help a City Child Experience Nature

Help a City Child Experience Nature

Remember the joy of being a child and the simple pleasure of rolling around in the grass, discovering flowers, and climbing trees?

A child growing up in the big city might not, but you can help a city child experience the power and the beauty of nature this summer… and it will only take a moment of your time.

The Fresh Air Fund operates five camps in New York where 3,000 lucky kids get a break from New York City life. Lakes, ponds, streams, hiking trails, woods… bountiful nature!

The children get to go fishing, hiking, boating, and engage in all sorts of games and crafts. They also get a dose of responsibility by sharing chores and learning leadership skills.

What would life be without the occasional adventure with mother nature? The memories they create this summer will last a lifetime.

For some of these children, it will not only be their first real experience with nature, but their first time away from home.

They could use a dose of encouragement and perhaps you could send them off to camp armed with a few words of wisdom.

Please join me in sending a brief note of encouragement to this year’s summer adventurers. Tell them about your experiences with nature and let them know just how much fun they will have.

Camp begins on June 29, so please take a few minutes right now to send that message.

I never went to camp as a kid, but the woods were my playground. The kids in my neighborhood gave little thought to our surroundings. It was simply a part of our existence to study insects, discover interesting plant life, and climb trees.

We rubbed buttercups under our chin, although I don’t recall what that was supposed to indicate. We made jewelry out of dandelion stems after we blew the seeds and watched them scatter in the wind. We made mud pies and we got dirty.

We felt the sun, the wind, the rain, and the snow on our skin. And it was good.

I can’t imagine a child growing up without experiencing some of those things for at least one summer. That’s what I’m going to tell them in my note. What will you tell them?


Please Take Action Today! Help a Child Enjoy a Nature Experience


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12:57AM PDT on Jun 27, 2010

I had the privilege of spending my first 13 years in Holland, right opposite the entrance to Amsterdam Zoo.
My dad had taken out a lifelong membership for us kids, but of course all my friends used to enter just calling out my name!
The inspectors allowed this with a twinkling in the eye!
We not only saw all the animals one can imagine, but luscious large lawns, the first flowers peeking out through the snow and other wonderful things.
As I was still young and my voice had not broken, I used to open the window facing the stret adjacent to the Zoo and cried out to the peacocks.
My pitch was perfect and I always had the satisfaction of the peacocks actually answering!
Even during WW2 when there was no electricity in Amsterdam, we used to go to the reptile enclosure which was the only place in Amsterdam that was allowed electricity.
The mothers living around the Zoo and even further away, used to come there in winter, bringing along their knitting or needlework and spend the whole morning talking to each other!
I can imagine kids growing up in a concrete jungle with no one to take them out in naqtural surroundings.
This is really an excellent initiative!

11:03PM PDT on Jun 22, 2010

As I live in Australia and did live in the country i imagine,the children living in America and in the cities would be amazed when they go to country,is a camp in America a farm?or a place in a woods?do they see farm animals?I used to go to school with Freddie the butcher sitting on top of the cart with 'Ginger ' the horse,I had a cheek as I used to call out to Freddie to hurry up or I would be late for school,he was doing me a favour,the children will have a great time and will have some nice memories of their time at the camp.

9:47PM PDT on Jun 20, 2010

I sent my thoughts. I told them I'm excited for them, and that what they learn will stay with them forever. It certainly stayed with me. I went to Outdoor Camp in 6th grade and loved it o much that I cam back as a counselor. If I hadn't been injured at 17, I would have gone on to become a naturalist. I can't say enough good things about Outdoor Camps.

3:10PM PDT on Jun 20, 2010

thanks to you.

10:01AM PDT on Jun 20, 2010

thats is so great to hear

10:40PM PDT on Jun 19, 2010

Ok as i was TRYING TO SAY, this is a very interesting way of ensuring the future of conservation. I have just signed the petition. The more we can expose the kids to the wonders of nature, the greater the potential we have of those same children fighting for the very wonders we want to share with them

10:36PM PDT on Jun 19, 2010

Why are none of my comments being submitted?! this is a test...

4:35PM PDT on Jun 18, 2010

Thank you. Very interesting.

10:19AM PDT on Jun 17, 2010

I believe children are natural adventurists, and the natural environment is their playground.

I couldn't imagine growing up in a cement playground, no wonder children get in trouble.

Butter cups under the chin are to determine whether the person likes butter or not. =)

8:11AM PDT on Jun 17, 2010

Very important to do and early. Just because a child may not live so close to nature, he or she ought to be able to be connected in some way.

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