Nebraska Offers Parents and Children Outdoors Workshop

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Turning backyards into nature-based play areas so children spend more time playing outdoors will be discussed at the Parents and Children in the Outdoors workshop Feb. 27 at the Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium.

The free workshop, from 10 a.m.-noon, will be led by Ken Finch of Green Hearts, a nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to restoring and strengthening the bonds between children and nature. He will review the benefits of frequent nature play and share ideas and photos of ways to transform a yard into a haven for adventurous outdoor play.

Parents may bring their children, who may participate in supervised outdoor play, while they attend the workshop.

Contact Andrea Faas to register at (402) 332-3901 or The aquarium is located south of the Gretna on Nebraska Highway 31.