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Project Get Outdoors has new leadership and launches new website


Fri, Nov 18th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

Project Get Outdoors is getting kids outdoors in southern Minnesota! Project GO clubs in several communities are making it possible for kids to experience nature by bringing together volunteers, local resources and green spaces so that kids can get outdoors in their out-of-school time.

Project Get Outdoors began creating outdoor experiences for kids in 2006. Sara Grover, state park naturalist and parent of two, founded Project GO with the mission "to facilitate outdoor experiences that develop healthy kids and increase environmental stewardship behaviors." Serving as Project GO's Program Director, Grover has worked with volunteers and organizations in several communities in southeastern Minnesota to develop Project GO clubs that are now actively getting kids outdoors on a regular basis. These communities include Winona, St. Charles, Plainview, Chatfield, Wabasha, and Rochester. Children in these GO Clubs have enjoyed a wide variety of outdoor experiences such as fishing, camping, bird watching, ice skating, and canoeing.

Since 2006, Project GO has made it possible for hundreds of kids to enjoy positive outdoor recreational experiences in their own communities or in parks and other green spaces nearby. This work is critically important as it addresses the growing concern about nature deficit disorder among young people and the significant impact on children's healthy development when they are not spending time outdoors. Project GO develops program opportunities by energizing the resources within communities and supporting volunteers who want to implement the Project GO model and start getting more kids outdoors in their after school and out of school time.

Project Get Outdoors has new leadership with the recent addition of Executive Director Terry Erickson. Erickson has over 25 years of experience in working with non-profits and is looking forward to working with Project Get Outdoors. His gift as an administrator has been to identify and develop strong partnerships that include both private and public sectors. Erickson stated, "The program is poised to grow and bring services to schools and other partners across Minnesota who are looking to establish quality outdoor experiences for their children. It all begins with a committed board and staff and a good plan. It's amazing what can happen when you align the right people who are committed to a mission. I hope others will join Project Get Outdoors by taking advantage of the volunteer opportunities available through the program and supporting our efforts through a financial contribution as well."

Along with new leadership, Project GO has launched a new website which presents opportunities for networking and supporting parents, communities and organizations who want to be part of the effort to make outdoor experiences happen for all kids on a regular basis. Visit www.mnprojectgo.com for more information about the resources and opportunities Project GO has to offer. Schools and other organizations who are interested in working with Project GO on program opportunities are encouraged to visit the website.

If you are interested in supporting Project GO with funding or in other ways, check out the website or contact Terry Erickson at erickson.terry@hotmail.com, or by phone at 507-429-1080. Financial support and volunteers are needed to continue the work of this organization in southeastern Minnesota.

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