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Reading in the Redwoods debuts at the ENC!

bark-rubbingsThe Environmental Nature Center (ENC) will present Reading in the Redwoods on January 15, 2017, from 9:30-11AM. Participants will take a “Tree Hug Hike” out to the Redwood Forest with ENC Executive Director Bo Glover and Naturalist Valerie Bain. Glover will perform a few Magic Tricks & read “The Lorax”. A light breakfast is also included. All ages are welcome. The fee is $10 per child ($5 for ENC members). Pre-registration is required HERE.

Research by the American Academy of Pediatrics shows that reading daily to young children, starting in infancy, stimulates early brain development and helps build key language, literacy and social skills. Early learning experiences such as reading provide a love of learning and strongly affect success in school, work and in life.

“Reading together and talking with your child about literature is a chance to bond as a family, and it encourages a child’s love of reading” said ENC Executive Director Bo Glover. “Imagination, growth, and improved reading, writing, and verbal skills soar when a child picks up a book.”

Event participants will also participate in hands-on activities along the trail, including bark rubbings and tossing seed balls, then make a recycled newspaper pot and plant a native seed to take home. The ENC staff plans to offer Reading in the Redwoods monthly, with each event featuring a different book and themed activities to accompany it.

“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. Put down the electronic devices and pick up a book. Let’s read people!”

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