Iditarod inspires Iditanature

25 February 2010 · 6 comments

in International, Nature Play & Learning

We are having a snowfest in Aberdeenshire this winter! Yet again the schools are closed owing to snowfall. My son is having a lie-in and is yet to learn about my plans for a snowball fight later on today. Surprise will be my key tactic.

So imagine what life must be like in Alaska or other places far north. Our Scottish subzero temperatures are mild by comparison. But this does not seem to stop outdoor play. I popped onto the Children & Nature Network Connect website this morning to see an announcement of the Iditanature event.

“Headstart preschool students in Homer, AK have been challenged to spend 1 to 1.5 hours outdoors between March 6 and March 20, while the Iditarod Great Sled Race is underway. Kids will log their minutes spent outdoors in a booklet similar to summer reading program logbooks, which will then be approved and signed by teachers and parents. Those students who spend at least 1,150 minutes in nature (ie. the same number of minutes – or more – as the miles travelled by Iditarod mushers during the race) will win a fantastic prize – an opportunity to visit a local sled dog kennel and go mushing through the snow.”

Now I think both the scheme and the prize for participating are great. Many thanks to Carmen Fields for sharing. She fuels my imagination with her ideas and activities which also happen to cover dog sledding parties (makes a change from a MacDonald’s Party) and a Mud Games event.

Before I forget, the Children & Nature Network are actively encouraging teachers from across the world to join the Natural Teachers Network.

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gilsplace February 25, 2010 at 18:23

Hit him on the back of the head with one for me!
Great idea mixing cultural and/or sporting events with outside learning. We just sat in class and talked about the Olympics with no “participation” which would have given a much more memorable and worthwhile experience.


CreativeSTAR February 25, 2010 at 18:28

It is such a nice way of marking this occasion isn’t it. In fact, talking of culture and the Far North, I was in a school near Fraserburgh yesterday who had done a wee outdoor project creating Innuksuks. It turned out the P6/7 teacher had been on holiday to NW Canada and really enjoyed the cultural aspects of her trip.


健康保寶 March 3, 2010 at 01:29

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CreativeSTAR March 3, 2010 at 06:52

Thank you! You are very kind. 谢谢。 您是亲切的。


Adventure Mama March 9, 2010 at 10:08

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Adventure Mama March 9, 2010 at 10:09

We just saw the re-start for the Iditarod in Willow yesterday and I came across this today! Love this idea! What a great learning opportunity while also encouraging time outdoors:)


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