Fostering a lifelong fascination with nature through outdoor field trips
NatureTrack is expanding its “Fostering a Lifelong Fascination with Nature” outdoor field trip program to include “NewTracks.” Using Freedom Trax devices, which quickly convert a manual wheelchair into a battery-powered, all-terrain vehicle, “NewTracks” will provide field trips to local beaches and trails for wheelchair users and others who are mobility impaired. This program will be available to all ages and allow wheelchair users to easily traverse beach sand and rocky trails independently.
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NatureTrack Foundation, PO Box 953, Los Olivos CA 93441
Nature Track Partners with Buellton & Solvang Recreation for Spring Outdoor Adventures
Tuesday, April 6, 1:30-4:30pm
(Children w/Adult, $5, meet at Buellton Rec Center)
Share the wonder of the natural world with your grandchildren on this beautiful, easy hike at the Burton Mesa Ecological Reserve.
Tuesdays, 3-6pm, 3rd-5th grades
($15 Solvang Rec transportation fee for all 3 hikes, meet at Solvang Vets Hall)
April 13—Midland Trails
April 20—Nojoqui Falls State Park
April 27—Gaviota State Beach
Nutrition with a side of Nature!
NatureTrack is now delivering meals to students whose families cannot pick up their meals from the schools!
Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, NatureTrack volunteers pick up meals and deliver them to homes along with Nature Cards that include activities students can do safely in their backyard or anywhere outside!
Nature Card #1 – Weather
Nature Card #2 – Leaf Rubbing
Nature Card #3 – Paint Chips
Nature Card #4 – Sound Map
Nature Card #5 – Poem
Nature Card #6 – Mandalas
Nature Card #7 – Leaf Comparisons
Nature Card #8 – Rocks
Nature Card #9 – Animal Tracks
Nature Card #10 – KIPs
Nature Card #11 – Cloud Watching
Nature Card #12 – Meteorology
Nature Card #13 – Make Friends
Nature Card #14 – Bugs
Nature Card #15 – Shelter Building
Nature Card #16 – Scavenger Hunt
Nature Card #17- Signs of Spring
Nature Card #18 – Colors of Spring
Nature Card #19 – Hug a Tree
Nature Card #20 – Water Droplet Lenses
Nature Card #21 – Stone Puzzle
Nature Card #22 – Memory Match Game
Creature Card #1 – Acorn Woodpecker
Creature Card #2 – Western Fence Lizard
Creature Card #3 – Raven or Crow
Creature Card #4 – Turkey Vulture
Creature Card #5 – Racoon
Creature Card #6 – Ant
Creature Card #7 – Coyote
Creature Card #8 – Rufus Hummingbird
Creature Card #9 – Ladybug
Creature Card #10 – Great Blue Heron
Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods , identified the problem as “Nature-Deficit Disorder”. Scientific evidence suggests that it contributes to a diminished use of the senses, attention difficulties, conditions of obesity, and higher rates of emotional and physical illnesses. Research also suggests that the nature-deficit weakens ecological literacy and stewardship of the natural world. These problems are linked more broadly to what health care experts call the “epidemic of inactivity,” and to a devaluing of independent play.
NatureTrack strives to reverse the effects of society’s nature-deficit disorder, one child at a time. Field trips include physical exertion through hiking, group games and independent play. We encourage exploration and reward curiosity through acknowledgment of children’s personal discoveries and share those moments together.
NatureTrack facilitates observation and inquiry through the use of Jack Muir Law’s INIWIRMO prompts: “I notice, I wonder, It reminds me of”. John (Jack) Muir Laws is a scientist, educator, and author, whose work with nature journaling and understanding science is recognized nationwide. At NatureTrack, every student receives a journal where he/she can incorporate illustration and scientific note-taking as a means to greater observation, memory and curiosity.
NatureTrack provides students with snacks on the trail and a pre-trip checklist of what to bring and what to wear, working together with parents and teachers to equip students with the knowledge and resources to make healthy choices.
NatureTrack recognizes the need for ALL children to connect with their natural world in a positive, tangible, and meaningful way. On NatureTrack field trips, there are no barriers to race, ethnicity, economic or social status. Through the generous support of individual and corporate donors we work to provide outdoor opportunities for every child.