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Lunchtime Lecture Series: Re-connecting Children with Nature

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Date: April 26, 2010
Contact: Amy Vanderbilt, 406 888-5838
Contact: Wade Muehlhof, 406 888-7895

WEST GLACIER, MONT. – Just as children need good nutrition and adequate sleep, research is showing that they may also need contact with nature for optimal health.  Many parents may wonder why is it so hard to get them to go outside.  At Glacier National Park, many staff members are dedicated to help reconnect children with the great outdoors.

Join Laura Law, Glacier’s Education Specialist, for a presentation on rediscovering your childhood passions and finding out why it is “essential” for you to share them with children.  Meet at the West Glacier Community Building, located in the headquarters area of Glacier National Park, on Thursday, May 6th, from 12 - 12:45 p.m. and feel free to bring your “brown bag” lunch along.

Laura has been working in education with the National Park Service for more than 14 years, including areas as diverse as the Everglades and Olympic National Parks.  She has a passion for learning about wild places and hopes to stir that same vision in others, especially kids.  Learn how Glacier and other national parks are striving to connect with families and children.  Who will be our wildland stewards without a new generation experiencing nature first hand?

The Brown Bag lectures are made available by Glacier National Park’s Crown of the Continent Research Learning Center: http://www.nps.gov/glac/naturescience/ccrlc.htm.


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Did You Know?

Lake McDonald

Lake McDonald is the largest lake in the park with a length of 10 miles and a depth of 472 feet. The glacier that carved the Lake McDonald valley is estimated to have been around 2,200 feet thick.