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On A Magical Do Nothing Day

by Amelia Kimberlin, ENC Communications Intern

Join us on June 24 for another installment of the Environmental Nature Center’s Reading in the Redwoods program. This program is a great way for children and parents to appreciate a great book together while relaxing under the canopy of our beautiful towering Redwood trees!

In this edition of Reading in the Redwoods, ENC Naturalist Valerie Bain will read aloud Beatrice Alemagna’s “On A Magical Do Nothing Day,” a vividly illustrated tale of the wonders of a woodland world. The picture book is centered around a young child who, upon losing their video game device, discovers just how captivating and engaging nature can be. Themes from this book correspond to the objectives of Reading in the Redwoods program, reinforcing the importance of childhood exposure to nature and avoidance of too much screen time.

“Kids are spending more time with screen media — and at younger ages — than ever before,” said ENC Naturalist Valerie Bain. “Research suggests that screen time can have lots of negative effects on kids, ranging from obesity and irregular sleep patterns to social and behavioral issues.” By following the example of “On A Magical Do Nothing Day” and replacing screen time with nature exploration and outside playtime, children can reap the many benefits of interaction with nature right here at the ENC!

Join Valerie on a hike through the Center’s trails and a reading of “On A Magical Do Nothing Day” on June 24th, 2018, from 9-11 a.m. Event participants will take part in hands-on activities along the way, including meeting the Center’s bugs, creating nature art, and watching a Nature Magic demonstration by ENC Executive Director Bo Glover! Children and adults of all ages are welcome. Parents, please remain with your children at all times! Tickets are $10 for non-members and and $5 for ENC members. Adult admission is free. Please register pre-pay at encenter.org/blog/events.

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