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The Outstanding Outdoors

Good Morning Watershed Explorers,


As you all know, Mrs. Morissette is obsessed with getting outside. To me, there is nothing better than fresh air and being surrounded by nature. It also doesn't matter to me what the weather is like, my family and I just dress appropriately.


Today, I would like to challenge you to leave your screens when you can, and get outside. I would also encourage you to take someone with you. At the start of the year, I found this great website called 1000 hours outside. Here is the link in case you would like to check it out. It provides a great template that you can fill out to show how many hours you are getting outdoors. https://1000hoursoutside.com/index.html/ Having a tracker is a great visual and excellent motivator. It is very rewarding to check off the little boxes or bubbles each time you get outdoors.


Screens are all around us. We have become even more reliant on them now, with our move to distance learning. It will be difficult, but it is imperative to break away from the screens at some point every day if possible. Everyone needs human and natural interaction. It is important for our health and well-being. If you are at home with your families and your parents/guardians are working with you at home, try to take time for meals together and talk about an interesting idea or topic you worked on during the day. If you are spending time with another adult while your parents are at work, take some time away from your work and have some conversations with that person. These face to face interactions are just as important and maybe even more than the work that you are doing on screens.


It will depend on your daily schedule, but if you can, try to build in nature breaks. If you work for an hour or two in the morning and then break for lunch, maybe after you eat you could take a quick 15-minute walk outside with a family member, ride your bike in the driveway, or just go outside and sit for a bit and listen for the sounds of nature. If you put a little effort into it, you can definitely work in some natural time to your day. These little breaks will not only make you feel rejuvenated for the work that you have left to accomplish, but it will make your body feel better too. Also, if you can share this outdoor time with a family member you will get both connections at once!


I want to end with a little story. On Monday, the weather was dreadful. There were heavy winds and downpours almost all day, but my family and I are a little crazy and as long as there is no thunder or lightning, we get outside. We decided to take our nets and head to a local pond to look for critters. We dressed in our rain pants, raincoats, and rain boots and we headed out when the wind had settled down. If it wasn't for our determination, we may not have found the cool critters that we did, including the tiny little spring peeper pictured below.


So my beautiful friends, get outside, as much as you can and enjoy the amazing wonder that nature has to offer, and if you can share this time with a family member it can make the time even sweeter.


IMPORTANT NOTE:

We are going to move the poster contest to a digital format, so if any of you have decided to create a poster for the poster contest, please take a picture and email it to Mrs. Morissette. Here is the link to the poster contest information if you would like to create a poster and need the theme! http://www.narrabay.com/programs-and-initiatives/education/poster-contest/


Please email me with any questions or comments about anything. I would love to hear from you!


Much Love,

Mrs. Morissette

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