Where are we? Colorado! What are we? Mountain Mamas!

Camp Kids at the "Rockin" SWC table

On Monday, we had the opportunity to be part of the Colorado Mountain Mamas Spring Fling.  Colorado Mountain Mamas is a hiking club for moms living on the Colorado Front Range.  They have a chapter in Denver and one in Colorado Springs.  CMM offers hikes for moms with babies newborn to 2 years in a pack (with three different levels of difficulty) and also hikes for toddlers ages 2 to 5.

CMM was founded in 2003 by Joy Opp (a former Colorado Springs native and 6th grade attendee of HTOEC) after the birth of her daughter, Amanda.  The club has grown to over 2,000 members trekking the trails with their seven hike leaders.

The Audubon Center--a great facility!

Their annual Spring Fling event attracted over 300 outdoorsy individuals to The Audubon Center at Chatfield Reservoir in south Denver to hike on the trails, hang out with the red-winged blackbirds, make cool crafts, check out great vendors, and play Nature Bingo with Mike and Ariella from Sanborn Western Camps!

We loved meeting all the moms, dads and grandparents who are passionate about getting their kids into the outdoors.  We gave away 3 copies of our new book 101 Nature Activities for Kids and donated one to Colorado Mountain Mamas and one to the Audubon Center for their future programs.   We encourage you to visit Amazon.com to order a copy for your family, classroom, nature club, youth group, or just to share with your neighbors.

101 Nature Activities for Kids

We often share some of those 101 nature activities on our  Sanborn Western Camps blog–so like us on Facebook so you won’t ever miss a post!  Our blog is also a great place to stay current on everything going on within the Children in Nature movement, find fun outdoor activities to do with your kids, and to find great tools and techniques to incorporate into your own outdoor parenting, grandparenting, and teaching style.

Additionally, April is Children in Nature Awareness month—and there will be plenty of opportunities to get your kids outside in the upcoming weeks.  Plan, or plan to attend, a Let’s G.O. (Get Outside) event for your favorite play group, a school field trip, or home school community.

Check out the Children and Nature Network on Facebook to stay up to date on ideas, activities, articles, legislation, and more.  Keep the outdoors part of childhood…keep hiking, playing, and doing what you are doing with your family, friends, and neighbors.

We love Mountain Mamas and Dadventurers–let’s get these kids outside!

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