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University of Wisconsin-Superior
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Superior, WI 54880
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The Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve is offering the River Rovers Nature Playgroup for children ages 3-7 starting Thursday, July 31, 2014 and running every Thursday until August 28th. The playgroup will meet at Billings Park in Superior (at the end of North 21st Street) from 9am - 12pm, for a fun-filled nature-themed morning.
Parents or guardians can bring their children the day of the program without registering and should plan to stay for the duration of the program. Attendance is free and snacks are provided for the children. Nature activities, crafts, games and stories will be provided by Lake Superior NERR staff. For more information on River Rovers Nature Playgroup call the Lake Superior NERR at (715) 392-3141.
Why the nature theme? Research shows that nature play offers many benefits to young children. One study conducted in Sweden over a year compared motor skill development with children whose preschool spent two hours a day in the natural outdoors vs. traditional playground playtime. By the end of the year the students that had nature as a playground outperformed their playground peers. Others studies have shown that when children are exposed to the outdoors at an early age, their brain development increased for problem solving and creative thinking as well as increasing chances of becoming life-long outdoor enthusiasts.
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