The ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle once said: “In all things of nature there is something wonderful.”
Through a partnership between the Blue Ridge Foundation’s Kids in Parks program, the University of Florida, the USDA Forest Service and the City of Gainesville Parks Department of Recreational and Cultural Affairs, “something wonderful” has been brought to Gainesville in the form of Track Trails. a network of family-friendly outdoor adventures that connect children with nature and promote healing and well-being.
Gainesville is known for its natural beauty and abundance of state parks, reserves, wildlife sanctuaries and public gardens that cultivate the outdoor explorer in locals and visitors alike. But in our increasingly digital culture, more and more kids are choosing to play their favorite video game or the latest Netflix hit over playing outdoors. Research shows that being outdoors and in nature has myriad benefits for personal well-being across the lifespan, from physical and mental health to emotional and behavioral well-being. But in our increasingly plugged-in world, how can children foster a deeper connection to their natural environment?
August 22, 2022