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25 Nov
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Children’s Outdoor Education Program

Children’s Outdoor Education Program

The Railyard Park Conservancy is committed to working with educators to get kids learning outdoors, and offering parents new ways to connect their children to nature.
Children spend only minutes per day learning and playing outdoors and more than seven sedentary hours each day in front of electronic media. Outdoor time with both structured and unstructured play enhances kids’ health, expands imagination and attention spans, decreases aggression and boosts classroom performance.

Sand Day Saturdays!

SAND DAY SATURDAYS at the Children’s Play Area of the Railyard Park
9:00 AM – NOON – Every Saturday from August 13th – September 24th, 2016. FREE!
Join us and early childhood specialist, Londi Conjabal, for Sand Day Saturdays’ activities for toddlers and preschool age children, accompanied by parents. As part of our Children’s Nature Play Programming to encourage children’s discovery, exploration, and creativity through sand play using sand toys and water.
Fact: Children who play outside are more physically active, more creative in their play, less aggressive and show better concentration. (Burdette and Whitaker, 2005; Ginsburg et al, 2007)
Early childhood development studies show that contact with nature has been associated with a number of health and cognitive benefits for children, such as improved cognitive function, increased creativity, reduced attention deficit hyperactivity disorder symptoms and reduced rates of aggression. The impact of nature or environmental education – experiential learning outside the classroom – enables children to apply their learning in the real world as it ignites creativity and imagination, and connects children and parents to their community.

International MUD DAY!

LET’S GET DIRTY!!! Celebrate International Mud Day at the Railyard Park!Saturday morning, July 2, 2016 – 9:00AM – North of the Waffle Garden
The Railyard Park Conservancy invites you and your children to come play in the mud at the inaugural International Mud Day at the Railyard Park. Come play in the Hands-On-Nature Zone where mud pools, mud pies, mud art = FUN. Meet the Mud People at the area north of the Waffle Garden and unleash yourself in nature. Grubby clothes required
Mud, the mortar and foundation of Santa Fe, and the material that inspires children to play, will flow in all its fort-making, mud-pie making glory at the Railyard Park’s first-ever celebration of Mud Day. Children and families are invited to play in a special man-made mud pit as playground water makes its way through a grove of small cottonwood trees.
Mud Day is the international, nature-based play holiday that celebrates the connection with play and earth without fancy plastic stuff or Wi-Fi. Perhaps the most elemental material in the world can rival electronics and amusement parks when it comes to making fun times. And we sure have a lot of it in Santa Fe. So join us for some mud play – mud pies, mud painting, dams, mud songs and more.

“We can’t blame children for occupying themselves with Facebook rather than playing in the mud. Our society doesn’t put a priority on connecting with nature. In fact, too often we tell them it’s dirty and dangerous.” -David Suzuki