‘Let’s G.O.!’ Offers April Outdoor Events for Children and Families in Gallatin Valley Montana
Today’s kids spend far less time outside than their parents did. For many, tweets are not bird calls but 140-character sound bites. Wii, the electronic game, has replaced “wheee!” – the squeal of delight. Something important is being lost. But not for long.
A collaboration of community-minded nonprofits, businesses and agencies throughout Gallatin Valley are offering over 20 ‘Let’s G.O.!’ (Get Outside) events throughout April. Let’s G.O.! is a National month-long celebration encouraging children and families to spend more time outdoors. A community calendar of activities includes park explorations, tours of local school outdoor classrooms and gardens, family outings, astronomy, Earth Day celebrations, screen free week activities, archeology, frog explorations, trail work and more.
Let’s G.O.! kicks off April 1st with a new ground breaking documentary, PLAY AGAIN. This emotionally moving and humorous film follows six teenagers who, like the “average American child,” spend five to fifteen hours a day behind screens. PLAY AGAIN unplugs these teens and takes them on their first wilderness adventure – no electricity, no cell phone coverage, no virtual reality.
“What they do not know, they will not protect.
And what they do not protect, they will lose.”
-Charles Jordan, PLAY AGAIN
“For many people, especially children, screens have become the de facto medium by which the greater world is experienced. A virtual world of digitally transmitted pictures, voices, and scenarios has become more real to this generation than the world of sun, water, air, and living organisms, including fellow humans” says Film Director, Tonje Schei.
Through the voices of children and leading experts including journalist Richard Louv, sociologist Juliet Schor, environmental writer Bill McKibben, educators Diane Levin and Nancy Carlsson-Paige, neuroscientist Gary Small, parks advocate Charles Jordan, and geneticist David Suzuki, PLAY AGAIN investigates the consequences of a childhood removed from nature and encourages action for a sustainable future.
PLAY AGAIN is free and open to the public. The documentary will be shown at 7 p.m. April 1st at the Museum of the Rockies Hagar Auditorium. The film will be followed by a brief discussion and outdoor-related door prizes.
PLAY AGAIN is brought to you by Learning By Nature, Museum of the Rockies and REI – Bozeman. For more information on the film, Let’s G.O.! collaborators, and a community calendar of all Let’s G.O.! events and outings throughout April, look for ‘Let’s G.O. Gallatin Valley’ in the public Google Calendars or visit www.LearningByNature.org
To host an activity for this April event, please complete and return the LET’s G.O.! form