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Outdoors Near Your Backdoor: Outdoor Safety with Children â€” Be Prepared and Explore!
Posted By Editor On April 23, 2009 @ 1:00 pm In Area News | Comments Disabled
By Deborah Huth Price
There are many open spaces and parks to explore in Colorado. Hikes, outings and picnics are great opportunities for inexpensive family time, and a chance to connect with the natural world.
As with any activity, safety is something to consider — ensuring everyone ends up with a positive experience and pleasant memories.
Most hiking or outdoor safety, especially for children, has a lot to do with common sense. Here are a few tips:
When you visit an open area or park, there are usually safety tips and important information posted at kiosks. It’s a good idea to read these before you begin a hike so you will be aware of all safety issues. However, an outing should never be overshadowed by fear of what may happen!
Some of the best discoveries are done with children. They have the ability to notice things that adults often miss. Some of my most cherished childhood memories are of vacations in national and state parks where we ventured on trails and camped in the woods.
Be ready to adapt your plans as well. It’s not always that important to get to the top of a mountain or the end of the trail. The best discoveries with children are usually found along the way, in unexpected places.
Deborah Huth Price is Education Coordinator at Bobcat Ridge Natural Area near Masonville, and at Discovery Science Center in Fort Collins.
<p>Putting your feet up can become an outdoor adventure.</p>
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