Monday, August 22, 2011
To address this issue the Nature Nuts program has been developed with a goal of facilitating a meaningful nature experience for half a million children over the next five years through the Northern Virginia Regional Park System.
This program just received national recognition in the form of a great article in Park and Recreation Magazine. This is the publication of the National Recreation and Park Association and features the Nature Nuts program on pages 23 and 24 of the newly released August 2011 issue.
Link to the article:
Addressing what best selling author Richard Louv called the "Nature Deficit Disorder" is one of the great challenges for organizations involved in managing public lands and engaging the public in the appreciation of nature. Engaging children with nature is the subject of one of the session at the 40th annual Special Park Districts Forum that the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority is hosting next month for park officials from all over North America. We will be highlighting the challenges and opportunities of this effort during this session.
With a limited number of days that registration is open for the Special Park District Forum, register soon and join us on September 25-28 as we work on this and other issues.
The registration link is: http://www.regonline.com/builder/site/?eventid=929774
Friday, August 19, 2011
As I am preparing to teach a class this fall at George Mason University in the administration of Park, Health and Tourism organizations, one of the assignments will be to write a paper on these four articles.
Gilbert, Paul (September 2010), Are You a Viking or a Farmer, Park & Recreation Magazine
McCarthy, Michael (October 2010), Valhalla, Park and Recreation Magazine
Lovell, Tom (January 2011), A Crisis of Knowledge, Park and Recreation Magazine
Ferris, Randolph (April 2011), Secrets of Farmers and Vikings, Park and Recreation Magazine
Thursday, August 18, 2011
In the spring the student studied the Battle of Balls Bluff. They did primary research and then wrote directed and stared in their own historic movies. These movies can be seen at the link below.
This link is also on the web site for Balls Bluff Battlefield Park, a property of the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority. This project was a fantastic way to engage young people in the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and make it fun and engaging for them.
Another great way to experience the history of this site will be the battle reenactment that will take place on the actual battlefield this fall on October 22nd. The link to this event is: http://www.nvrpa.org/events/view/1463, on this site is a link for even more information on this event.
Planning for the battle reenactment has been underway for over a year. It will be a one of a kind event, 150 years in the making. If you would like a glimps at what it must have been like during the Civil War, this is an event not to miss.
Monday, August 15, 2011
In the summer of 2010 we hit a new high in waterpark popularity. But now that we are most of the way through the summer 2011 season, we can see that the popularity of these great waterparks keeps climbing. Below are the numbers indicating the year to date increase in waterpark attendance compared to the record breaking 2010 season. If you have not tries all of these waterparks yet this summer, do not miss your change.
Cameron "Great Waves Waterpark"
Upton Hills "Ocean Dunes Waterparks"
Algonkian "Volcano Island Waterpark"
Pohick Bay "Pirate's Cove Waterpark"
Bull Run "Atlantis Waterpark"