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PBS Film Featured at Parent and Teacher Appreciation Night

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Date: February 4, 2009
Contact: David Kronk, 906-387-2607, ext. 206
Contact: Deb Fulcher, 906-387-5636

Junior Rangers explore the white winter landscape on snowshoes
Children with NPS Ranger
NPS photo by Gregg Bruff
“Where Do the Children Play?” will be shown in the Mather Auditorium in Munising on Thursday, March 12, at 7 p.m. All interested parents and teachers are invited to view this one hour Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) documentary. Admission is free, as is popcorn.

“This film addresses a key issue that has captured national attention in recent years, namely the decline of childhood unstructured play, especially in nature,” according to Park Ranger David Kronk. “The film explores why children are losing access to green spaces and what can be done to reintroduce play into children’s lives. Research from doctors, educators and city planners explain that play in nature is vital to children’s physical and mental health, creativity and even problem solving skills. Many educators believe that early childhood outdoor experiences are considered vital to creating environmental stewards.”

The film is offered through a partnership between the Munising Public Schools, Alger Parks and Recreation Department and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Ranger Kronk from Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and Deb Fulcher from the Alger Parks and Recreation Department will be on hand to engage the community in a conversation about ways to provide children with play opportunities in nature.

For information please contact Ranger Kronk at 906-387-2607, ext. 206, or Mrs. Fulcher at 906-387-5636.

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