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Take a kid outside during Take a Child Outside Week

Posted September 21
Updated September 22

Exploring the deck.

Take a Child Outside Week, an annual event marked across the country, runs Sept. 24 to Sept. 30 each year and aims to get kids outside, exploring nature.

The week was started in 2006 by staff at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences who were inspired by Richard Louv's book, "Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder."

Today, park systems and programs across the country hold special Take a Child Outside Week events to help parents who aren't sure where to start or those looking for a new place to explore.

Here are some of the activities:

Wake County's parks offer a variety of programs over the next week for Take a Child Outside Week. There are informal drop-in programs and others that require pre-registration. Wake County's TACO page has the details.

Raleigh parks also offer a host of programs to mark the week. Again, some require pre-registration and others don't. Raleigh's TACO page has details.

Cary's parks department offers a variety of TACO events, including a family camp out.

Knightdale Station Park in Knightdale will host a TACO event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday. Take a nature hike and see live animals from the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences.

JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh, part of N.C. State, also has daily programs to mark the week, including a scavenger hunt.

Across the state, N.C. State Parks will be hosting Take a Child Outside Week events daily.

And, N.C. Environmental Education's online calendar also lists many Take a Child Outside Week events.

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  • Chris Perry Sep 23, 2015
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    This actually exist? Wow.