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The Art of Parenting: Why Kids Need Nature
Sunday, March 02 2014, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Cost: $5 Crocker members; $10 Nonmembers
(Complimentary refreshments and Museum admission are included.)

Building upon research presented by author Richard Louv in his book "Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder," Professor Shawna Martinez will highlight studies showing that spending time in nature fosters creativity, stimulates imagination, and calms children struggling with affective disorders and information overload. Conversely, a lack of routine contact with nature may result in stunted academic and developmental growth, including attention problems, obesity, anxiety, and depression.

This program will begin and end with an opportunity to learn from local organizations -- such as Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Friends of the River Banks, Camp Sacramento, Placer Nature Center, Latino Outdoors, California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, and Golden Valley Charter School's Home Study/Outdoor Kindergarten -- about free and low-cost outdoor adventures for kids and families.

About the presenter:
Shawna Martinez is a Biological Sciences Professor at Sierra College in Rocklin, where she has taught for 28 years and was recently named "Faculty of the Year.” She also leads natural history field trips through the college and is a volunteer for the Sierra College Natural History Museum.

Professor Martinez recognizes that critical thinking begins with an early outdoor education and early exposure to the arts in order to use our creative side to think of new possibilities -- this includes being able to envision a world in which we are stewards of the land that we share with 1.7 million other unique species.

Martinez attributes her love of nature to her grandmother who "made her play outdoors as a child."

Registration: Please reserve your tickets in advance; space is limited. Go to www.crockerartmuseum.org, call (916) 808-1182, or stop by the Admissions Desk at the Museum.

The Art of Parenting is offered as an adult program; however, Creative Care is available for children ages 6 to 10.  Creative Care includes a gallery trip and nature-based art-making.  The cost is $5 per Crocker member and $10 for Nonmembers.  Space is extremely limited; please register in advance for Creative Care.

For more information Vist the Crocker Art Museum website

Contact : Crocker Art Museum - 216 O Street in Downtown Sacramento

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