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Fostering a lifelong fascination with nature through outdoor field trips

NOTICE:  Starting September 1st we will be ACCEPTING field trip reservations for the 2021-22 school year. To reserve a trip, go here Field Trips. Then complete the reservation form and wait for a confirmation!

Annual 5K and Fun Run

Saturday, October 16

NatureTrack will again host the annual 5K and Fun Run; Saturday, October 16 before the Los Olivos “Day in the Country” Festival. There’s the 5K, 5K with furry friends, and, of course, the Kid’s 1 mile Fun Run! So, start your day in the country off on the right foot with run/walk around the delightful town of Los Olivos.

NewTracks

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.

Our students’ experience is directly linked to your financial support. Keep us “tracking” for kids and donate today.
Click the donate button or mail your tax-deductible donation to:
NatureTrack Foundation, PO Box 953, Los Olivos CA 93441

Nature Track Partners with Buellton & Solvang Recreation for Spring Outdoor Adventures

Register at buelltonrec.com – Deadline: March 31st.

Grandparent’s Hike
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.

Outdoor Adventures
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

Nature and Creature Cards!

Explore the outdoors on your own, learn cool facts and even print out your own creature trading cards.

NatureTrack Video

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.

“Time in nature is not leisure time; it's an essential investment in our children's health (and also, by the way, in our own).”

A Message from NatureTrack Executive Director

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THANKS TO THE ORGANIZATIONS THAT SUPPORT NATURETRACK

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