Hopewell Valley Come Outside and Play!

Hopewell Valley Come Outside and Play!

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Mercer County Naturalist, Jenn Rogers, gets outside with Hopewell Elementary students.

Families are invited to explore all that Hopewell Valley has to offer in the great outdoors during Hopewell Valley Come Outside and Play!, a 3-day event, from June 7-9, with special preview activities on June 2 and 3 in celebration of National Trail Day.

(Event flyer and listings included.)

Throughout Hopewell Valley, local community and environmental organizations have planned outdoor activities including an outdoor art room, a morning with birds and bagels, a pond study, creating art from ash trees, an overnight cabin camping trip, and much more. This event has been coordinated through the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.

Hopewell Valley Come Outside and Play! originally began in 2010 as a response from school and community representatives to 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,” said Heidi Kahme of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance. “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.”

The Hopewell Valley area boasts a range 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.

For more information, please see hvalliance.org/hvcop.

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