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Families are invited to explore all that Hopewell Valley has to offer in the great outdoors during Hopewell Valley Come Outside and Play!, a free 3-day event June 9th-11th.

Local community and environmental organizations have planned outdoor activities which will take place throughout Hopewell Valley. This year’s activities include an outdoor art room, an evening walk in a nature preserve, a scavenger hunt, a guided nature hike, building gnome and fairy houses, science after sunset and much more.

Coordinated through the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance, Hopewell Valley Come Outside and Play! was created 6 years ago when school and community representatives got together to discuss the benefits of being outdoors and the lack of time many of our children spend in nature.

“Research has shown the overwhelming benefits of being outdoors as it relates to our overall health and well-being. Children don’t play as much outside as they used to so our hope by providing these activities is that children and their parents will enjoy the outdoors and leave their cell phones, video games and computer screens behind,” said Heidi Kahme, HV Municipal Alliance coordinator.

The Hopewell Valley boasts plenty of creeks, parks, lakes, bike paths, walking trails, playgrounds and open spaces. Organizers of Hopewell Valley Come Outside and Play! hope people of all ages will learn about these special places in their own backyard and return often.

A complete list of activities can be found below (and for the clickable PDF version, see this link).

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