Recently there has been concern about a lack of a connection between children and nature. In today’s world, the excitement of technology lures kids to stay indoors; numerous cable TV channels and video games keep them from exploring the environment just outside their doors. Michigan 4- H Youth Development, a great program that functions as part of Michigan State University Extension and also part of the country-wide Extension and 4-H system, has always been a leader in outdoor education. 4-H Outdoor Adventure Challenge not only gets kids outdoors, it challenges them to get out of the comfort zone of the living room couch and on to confidence-building activities such as rock climbing, kayaking and backpacking.
The fall 2010 issue of Homestead, John Deere’s national rural lifestyle magazine, features an article by Dean Houghton, “No Child Left Inside: 4-H Introduces Kids to a World of Nature.” The article focuses on Joe and Theresa Whitenight, outstanding 4-H volunteers from St. Clair County, who are active in 4-H Outdoor Adventure Challenge. Read the article here: http://www.deere.com/en_US/ag/homestead/index.html