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Fostering a lifelong fascination with nature through outdoor field trips

NOTICE: New website updates coming soon. We are ACCEPTING field trip reservations for the 2020-21 school year. COVID-19 protocols are in place to ensure the safety of everyone on the trip. To reserve a trip, go here Field Trips. Then complete the reservation form and wait for a confirmation!

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NatureTrack Foundation, PO Box 953, Los Olivos CA 93441

Online Benefit Event

Continuing its 34-year tradition of painting for the preservation of open spaces on California’s central coast, the Oak Group is proud to hold its first ever 2020 online art show benefiting NatureTrack. Our mission to instill young students with leadership skills, attitudes, and habits for lifelong learning, and to inspire them to be respectful stewards of our natural world.

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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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