Spend the Summer in Nature

This summer, the Child and Family Library Services team is highlighting the many benefits of spending time playing and learning outside and in a natural setting.

Studies show children who have free time outdoors become better problem solvers and grow their creativity! When they run, skip, climb and jump, children develop their large muscles and become more confident and independent.

There are important mental health benefits, too. Spending time in nature lowers stress levels, reduces anxiety and improves concentration. That’s a lot of positives!  


In July, sign up for one of our STEAM in Nature events, opens a new window and drop in to sample a variety of nature-based learning activities.

In August, register for a Nature Play event, opens a new window with your kids ages 2–5 to make scientific comparisons using fruit and rocks.

More Activities

Looking for ways to get outside from home? Try the Nurture Your Nature, opens a new window program. We’ve partnered with the CSU Extension to provide some fun activities that will get everyone outside and engaged with their surroundings. Our summer treasure hunts provide fun on–the-go ideas.

The Generation Wild, opens a new window website is definitely worth a visit! You’ll find tips for how to convince your indoor-loving children to take a walk on the wild side. You'll also like this handy chart, "Twenty Ideas for Twenty Minutes Outside”, opens a new window.

Early Literacy Speaker

Join us for our annual early literacy speaker event, The New Nature Movement: Connecting Kids with the Outdoors on Tuesday, August 31st, 7 pm.

Richard Louv, author of the book, Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, founder of the new nature movement and cofounder of the the Children and Nature Network, opens a new window, will be our guest.

He’ll share his passion for the outdoors with us and why it is so important to reintroduce our kids to nature. The first 100 people to register for this event will have the opportunity to receive a special outdoor activity kit! Register for the program, opens a new window.

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Nature for All

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Take your family for some much needed outdoor time! This list has ideas to get out into nature for all ages.

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