Central Oregon has one of the very few "Children's Forests" in the country and two events in connection with the forest are planned for this weekend. Katie Chipko with the Deschutes Children's Forest says as children become more obese and more addicted to their computers and cell phones- its more important that ever before to get children into the woods.
"There is some scientific evidence behind this that time spent in nature will reduce obesity- anxiety – ADHD ...many of us know so well how important being outside is to our physical and mental well-being.”
Chipko says even students who tend to bully others seem calmer by spending more time in the woods. And some kids who may be shy in the classroom seem to come alive while out in nature.
Friday, April 5th, the Deschutes Children's Forest is showing a special film screening event of the award winning documentary, "Play Again." at 7:00 P.M. at the Old Stone Church in Bend. And on Saturday, there's a free event at Shevlin Park. "Discover Nature Day!" is from 9:30 to 1:30, and it’s for students from kindergarten age through 8th grade along with parents or guardians.