It didn’t feel like it toward the end of last week, but Spring is officially here. That means it’s time to string the fishing lines, pump up the tires on the bikes, and maybe spend some time spring cleaning. I am very excited to get back outdoors and enjoy some of my favorite activities. While most adults are planning on getting out and enjoying the warmer weather, I have to wonder if many kids are planning to do the same.
I don’t want anyone to think I am advocating against video games or other forms of media entertainment because I am a huge proponent of both, but they, like many things in life, have a time and place. I do, however, think that the youth today should take to the outdoors more often and take advantage of the time they have as care-free kids. It’s important that they realize the value of the time that they spend outdoors because I believe it will lead to a future of caring about conservation. Many of the parks and recreation areas that families visit would disappear if there were not folks taking care of the wildlife and plant life in those places.
So, get your kids interested in the outdoors, maybe even enroll them in some of the Muscatine Extension office’s summer camps where they will continue to learn more skills and, depending on the course, maybe develop more of an interest in the outdoors.