Project Get Outdoors: Since 2005, Project Get Outdoors (GO) has strived to facilitate outdoor experiences that develop healthy kids and increase environmental stewardship behaviors.
We achieve this by training those who work with youth in the out-of-school hours to implement nature exploration and outdoor learning near to where children live. We also provide resources and ideas for parents and families to connect with nature.
We have begun training Trainers across Minnesota to take the Project Get Outdoors toolkit into communities and empower after school and out of school staff as well as families and public health workers to find innovative ways to introduce kids to the outdoors.
With help from the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, Project GO is offering free training workshops in each region of the state over the coming year. Each training workshop is 8 hours and provides participants a deeper understanding of the crucial role nature plays in fostering healthy development, how we can work together to make nature more accessible to all children, and hands-on practice developing nature activities and dealing with difficult behaviors outdoors.
We held the first of these workshops in Winona on October 14 and in Duluth on November 5th. We are working with partners in the Bemidji, Mankato and Twin Cities areas to plan additional workshops for spring 2019.
We invite you to join us in this exciting effort to expand the Project GO reach across Minnesota and empower youth serving organizations to get kids outdoors and engaged with the natural world around them!