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Children Discovering Nature in Northwest Minnesota

Polk County Public Health is the operating agency for Polk County Community Health Services, a single-county community health services agency responsible for protecting and promoting the health of Polk County residents. This project continues the work emerging from a very successful “Connecting Children and Nature Conference” held on Sept 29, 2010. The goal is to create more active communities by increasing physical activity through getting children, families and other residents outdoors. These unstructured play spaces will provide safe and convenient opportunities to be active, explore and expand children’s innate desire to learn based on the unique characteristics of the natural environment. Children who are active outdoors are happier, smarter and healthier. Kristen Murray, a Landscape Architecture graduate student in the College of Design, identified examples of play spaces, gathered community input and designed several play spaces within the region. The results are being used to support the development of play spaces and promote the movement of connecting children to nature.

Project Award Date: 
Community organization or agency: 
Polk County Public Health
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CURA Contact: 
C Terrence Anderson Director of Community Based Research (612) 624-8988