Children need ongoing and direct contact with nature in order to develop lifelong values about stewardship of the environment. About every six months, my grandson and I plan a trip in the outdoors. This winter we went dog sledding near the Superior National Forest in Ely, Minnesota. The photo below simply doesn't do justice to the magic of sliding across frozen lakes and skimming between trees with five dogs and a sled. It was truly magical! So grab the child(ren) you love and get them into the great outdoors. There is no such thing as the wrong temperature -- as long as you have the right clothing.
Vicki L. Stoecklin
Education & Child Development Director