P1060125  I can’t believe that it’s almost September! I really don’t know where the summer has gone. Our September g2g Outside event is coming up in less than 2 weeks! It is going to be held here at the Sedgwick County Extension Office.

Treats, Treks, & Toodle-oo’s

When: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 from 6-7 p.m.

Where: Meet in the Demonstration Garden at the Sedgwick County Extension Office (It’s on the Ridge Road side of the building) for some treats and then we’ll head off on some treks! We’ll be walking on our Nature Trail and perhaps have a scavenger hunt of our grounds as well.

Who: Anyone that’s bringing a child with them!

Cost: FREE!

No RSVPs are necessary.

So, the treats and the treks part of this event are pretty obvious. Maybe you’re wondering about the “Toodle-oo’s” part?

Well, that’s the other part of the news. Those of us that have been working with g2g Outside for the last 5 years have made the decision to end the program after this year. We have lost staff in the past couple of years and all of us, including our partner agencies, have been taking on new and different job responsibilities, leaving less and less time for g2g Outside. I’m sure you’ve noticed that the blog has been pretty quiet this year. There is no longer anyone that is able to spend enough time on g2g Outside to keep offering the program in a way that is thriving and growing. We are all sad to say goodbye to you, but we hope you’ll keep on playing outside anyway!

SO….The September event will be the LAST g2g event hosted by our core team. I know that Tonya is planning to come back for the event, and most of the rest of us are planning to be there.  We hope you can stop by to say goodbye!

The November and December events are still going to happen, just with one of the partner agencies. Keep watching the blog for information about those events. After our December 2013 event, there will be no more g2g events planned for the future.

The blog will still be here for links and references, and I may even post something once in a great while. We hope you will keep on with the good outdoor habits and play that you’ve learned in the last 5 years!


bagsWe have almost all of our events for 2013 planned! The final details may change, so check back to the blog or Facebook page as the events get closer. Some of these events will require an RSVP, so watch for that as we get closer as well.

March 30, 3:30-5:00 p.m. – g2g at the Zoo (Farm Families program)

May 16, 6-7:30 p.m. – g2g goes Fishing at the Great Plains Nature Center

June 19, 5-6 p.m. – g2g Digs Into Books (near Central Library)

July 6, 10-11:30 a.m. – Icy Dino Dig at Exploration Place

August 8, 6:30-7:30 p.m. – g2g goes Creeking at the WATER Center

September TBD – Mock Camping at Lake Afton

October 2, 5-6:30 p.m. – g2g at Botanica (visit the Woodland Garden and learn about Tree Foods)

November 18, 6:30-7:30 p.m. – Night Hike at the Great Plains Nature Center

December 14, 3:30-5:00 p.m. – Bird Watching in the Jungle Building at the Zoo

family of four sunset 3Tired of spending Friday nights in front of the TV? Get outside and enjoy the full moon with your friends at the Great Plains Nature Center

Walk with a nature guide on the trails of Chisholm Creek Park.  Enjoy the moon, stars, night air and the creatures that come out at night.  Call a few friends and join the adventure!

For all ages
Friday, December 28, 7 p.m.
FREE, Registration required – Contact Lee Ann at 683-5499 x 106 or lsack@wichita.gov


Check out the other great GPNC Programs HERE!

Take a different kind of walk with your family this week.  Try a COLOR WALK

IMG_20121210_164719Find a notebook and some crayons or markers.  On the left-hand side of the page, make a square for each color and leave room on the right for the kids to make tally marks.

While on your Color Walk have the kids tally as they see each color.  Tailor the number of colors to the age of the child.  The number of colors should be the same as their age.  After age 13 this rule no longer applies.  35 colors is too much for anyone to deal with 🙂

Before the walk have the kids predict which color they will find the most of, and which color they will find the least.  Keep your lists and do this in different seasons and find out how the colors change throughout the year.

Again, stole this idea from Pinterest.  Take an old egg carton (12 or 6 holes), and turn it into a treasure chest that you fill on short outtings or a long family vacation.

Making the Treasure Chest   Have the kids paint the inside of each of the compartments a different color.  And then the kids can decorate the outside as their creativity flows.

Filling the Chest   As you take a walk or on a long vacation fill the compartments with objects that match the compartment’s color.

I bet that over the years there will be many different types of items that are green, blue, red, brown, etc.  The Treasure Chest will make a great souvenir filled with memories of the big and little moments of their childhood.

I’m going to try this out with my nieces next time they come over to spend the night.

Did you know that you can eat different parts of a cattail plant? Do you know what a wild plum looks like? 

Take a mini-vacation to Arkansas City to the Chaplin Nature Center and join the Edible Wildflower Walk on Saturday morning, August 18 from 9a-11a.

Take a walk and the wild side and discover some of nature’s natural bounty.  On this guided hike along the trails you will identify Kansas’ common edible and poisonous plants. 

The hike will be for participants of all ages.  Call the Chaplin Nature Center at(620)442-4133 or email Shawn at silliman@sutv.com  to make reservations.

Extension Office Nature Trail

It might be your last chance to get out and do some fun Summer things before the kids go back to school.  Here are a few places to try out for a family hike in the city before class starts.

Print off this g2g Nature Trail Scavenger Hunt to use while out on your hikes. 

Take a trip over to the Great Plains Nature Center and walk the trails.  If you go over on Wednesday at 11am you will be just in time for Storytime.  This is a free program geared towards preschool age, but all are welcome.  Join the staff to read stories about nature and wildlife. 

You can also walk the Nature Trail at the Extension Office.  Park in the back part of the gravel lot, and join up with the trailhead at the sign and park bench.  Before or after your walk come inside the office (door by the flag pole) and pick up your g2g Nature Bag.  (M-F, 8a-5p)

Hellers Park

A new walk for me is Hellers Park , located at 43rd and Arkansas, near the Earhart Environmental Magent School.  I plan to do this one sometime this week.  It is a .5 mile, dirt/grass trail.  Will be fun to “off-road” it and explore.

WAY west is Meadows Park.  This nature area has a pond and 1.46 miles of paved trails near 119th St and Maple. 

Where are you going to walk this week?

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