Under the Outdoor Nation banner Plymouth State University and Plymouth Elementary school students have been spending some quality OUTSIDE time together. Think back to Richard Louv and the term "Nature Deficit Disorder": Louv wrote the book Last Child in the Woods raising awareness that children today were spending less time outside exploring and playing. Insert the creation of the Outdoor Nation, an organization created in 2010 with the goal of empowering the "millennials" to advocate for the outdoors. And its working!
The Squam Lakes Association has partnered with students from Plymouth State University in both the Environmental and Outdoor Adventure Education departments to provide mentorship opportunities through outdoor activities to students at the Plymouth Elementary School. With help from PES teachers, students were selected to participate in the program over the course of the spring and fall of this year. Beginning this spring SLA, PSU and PES students honed their canoeing skills and paddled the afternoon away on Squam Lake. In October the group spent an afternoon hiking with one student replying: " I just want to hike down slow, so that I can take this moment in and enjoy it".
We could not think of a better way to connect college students with a desire to champion for the outdoors then with young adults just seeking an outdoor adventure. There is something magical in the way a young adult embraces their experience in the outdoors whether it is for the first time or one who is a seasoned outdoor enthusiast. We see that a lot here at SLA through a variety of programs that we offer, but this program holds a special place with us and we are happy to bridge the gap between PSU and PES students. Stay tuned for more of our Outdoor Nation Adventures. For more information on the Outdoor Nation initiative click here!