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Putnam County Nature Play Days coming in June

Greencastle, IN - Nature Play Days are being held across Indiana between June 10th and 18th to encourage families to play outdoors and reap the physical, mental, and emotional benefits nature play provides. Putnam County Nature Play Days is being brought to you in partnership with the Greencastle Sustainability Committee and the BE WELL Putnam County Hospital Community Wellness Initiative. The primary goal of Nature Play Days is to reconnect children and families with the outdoors and provide a space for outdoor exploration and fun. Attendance to all events is free and open to the public.

Kids today spend, on average, 50 hours a week on a device and over 90% of their time indoors. The rise of childhood obesity and diseases such as Attention Deficit Disorder are challenges for children across the country from every social and economic class. Thankfully, time spent outdoors supports many aspects of children’s mental, emotional, and physical health as well as cognitive development, teambuilding skills, and interpersonal relationships. Nature Play Days are an opportunity for nature lovers and the underserved to connect with nature and begin to create what will hopefully be a lifelong relationship with and in nature.

Nature Play Days will feature information centers and play areas where our community can experience the outdoors and all of its wonder. Participants can post photos to social media using the #ICANNaturePlayDay hashtag to win prizes. Be sure to pick up your ‘passports’ so you can get it stamped at every event you attend. Awesome prizes will be awarded to those that participate in 3 or more events. Prizes will be drawn for and announced at the Final Hike on Sunday, June 19th. Passports can be picked up at the following participating locations: Putnam County Hospital, Putnam County Library, Putnam County Museum and Farmer’s Market.

Saturday, June 10

8:30am-Noon

Farmer’s Market (Downtown Greencastle)

Cardboard Box Playground: Appliance boxes from Shuee and Sons will be available for play.

Sunday, June 11

2:00pm

DePauw Nature Park

Discovery Hike

5:00pm

Putnam County Museum

Plant a Butterfly Garden at the native plant display

Monday, June 12

9:00am

DePauw Farm

(West County Road 225 South)

Gardening 101: A lesson and firsthand experience on starting a garden

Groups will be planting, watering, weeding, and harvesting!

2:00pm

Putnam County Public Library

Plant a Butterfly Garden outside the Children’s Library

Tuesday, June 13

8:00am

Asbury Towers Retirement Center

(102 West Poplar Street)

Plant a Butterfly Garden

Wednesday, June 14

8:00am

DePauw Nature Park

Morning hike led by Joanne Haymaker

Wednesday, June 14 (cont.) 7:00pm

Mary Rogers Field (next to City Hall)

Plant a Butterfly Waystation at the Mary Rogers Field Garden by City Hall with the Greencastle Sustainability Commission

Mayor Bill Dory will also make a Monarch pledge for the city!

Thursday, June 15

9:00am

Putnam County Foundation

(2 South Jackson Street)

Plant a Butterfly Garden - 5:00pm

People Pathways Nature Trail

Place bird houses along the Nature Trail with People Pathways

Friday, June 16

9:00am

Putnam County Hospital (the lawn between the hospital and The Waters)

Plant a Butterfly Garden - 2:00pm

Putnam County Public Library

Learn about butterflies, bees and insect gardens

Saturday, June 17

8:30am-Noon

Farmer’s Market (Downtown Greencastle)

Cardboard Box Playground: Appliance boxes from Shuee and Sons will be available for play.

11:00am

Putnam County Museum

Stargazing program

Sunday, June 18

2:00pm

DePauw Nature Park

Final hike and drawing of prizes for anyone with at least 3 activities completed

Nature Play Days are an initiative of the Indiana Children and Nature Network (ICAN). ICAN builds collaborative efforts to encourage children spending time in the natural environment. The project is an initiative of the Environmental Education Association of Indiana (EEAI). More information and a listing of Nature Play Days across the state is available on the ICAN website: www.IndianaChildrenAndNature.org.

For more information or if you have questions, please contact John Garner at johngailgarner@gmail.com or 765-653-4924.

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