One of the best things about living in the Ozarks is experiencing four distinct seasons. There is much to love about each of them. However, as one begins to fade, I’m nearly always anxious for the next – especially this time of year. The return of spring means getting outside, soaking up the sunshine, and enjoying the beauty of our region. And, for OPT KIDS, the return of spring means Explore the Outdoors.
Explore the Outdoors is a calendar of community events for children and families – all designed to get us out of the house and connecting with our natural environment. From the Dickerson Park Zoo, to the Missouri Department of Conservation, to the Community Wide Play Day on Saturday, April 27 – there are so many opportunities to connect with nature, with your family, and with the community. And – for the days that bring us those spring showers – many PBS KIDS programs will debut special nature-themed episodes that continue the education and excitement around outdoor exploration even when we’re indoors.
As you plan the many ways you will enjoy the outdoors this month, I hope you will include bringing the little ones in your life out to join the fun at the Community Wide Play Day, and the other outdoor adventures on the Explore the Outdoors calendar. And, don’t worry – when you’re worn out and ready to hit the sofa, OPT will be there with plenty of great programming to welcome you home. Thanks, as always, for making all of OPT’s work – both indoors and out – available to our community.