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Save The Date: 9th Annual LNCI Central Ohio Summit!

Save the Date

Leave No Child Inside Central Ohio Collaborative

9th Annual Summit


Conversations in the Hills


In the spirit of unstructured play, we are hosting an unstructured weekend of casual, spontaneous encounters and discussions as we enjoy the beauty of the Hocking Hills at Camp Wyandot.


Please join us for all or part of the weekend. Activities will include hikes, boating, common meals in the dining hall, camp fires, discussions.


The keynote speaker is … NATURE.  Our unstructured format will let our natural surroundings shine through as the convener and inspiration.


Top 5 Reasons to Attend:

Get the pulse of outdoor play initiatives and work in Central Ohio

Network and introduce someone new to this work

Relax and recharge

Go deeper into topics and discussions you want to reflect on and study further

Learn from other leaders in formal and informal discussions


Lodging and meals will be available for a fee. See facilities and descriptions at (rentals)  Most accommodations are rustic, meaning you can hear the frogs through the screen as you are falling asleep.


Mark your calendar for Friday evening Sept. 25, Saturday the 26th and Sunday morning the 27th


Activity Leaders

Would you like to lead morning yoga, a specific conversation, creek exploration? Please reply to this email with your idea and availability.

  • Conversation examples:
  • Natural play areas
  • Environmental literacy plan
  • Medical/health and nature prescriptions
  • Integrating nature into school curriculum
  • Park programming and policies

Kirkmont Center in Zanesfield Welcomes Weekend with Barry Lopez

Outdoor learning opportunities have been an important part of the Kirkmont Center’s work and history since the camp was formed over fifty years ago.  The staff and board of Kirkmont are excited to continue and enhance that history with the expansion of The Field School at Kirkmont, a programmatic arm of Kirkmont dedicated to learning experiences for all ages in a natural environment.

Our calendar of events includes some new activities, such as Family Outdoor Discovery Days.  And we are reaching out to try to serve more schools and more children through day and residential field trips.  Another way in which we are seeking to create connections and opportunities is with special presentations.  The first of these special presentations is by a nationally acclaimed writer with a focus on people and the natural world, Barry Lopez.

We are grateful and very excited to have Lopez coming to Kirkmont September 12 and 13.  This is a big event for Kirkmont, and we hope you will join us for a presentation, a day, or the weekend.

Please click the BROCHURE for information on this exciting event!

Please click REGISTRATION FORM link to register.

For specifics, download the SCHEDULE for the weekend.

And please help spread the word about this wonderful opportunity!

Nature Explore Workshops are coming to Ohio!

What: Using Your Outdoor Classroom and Nature-Inspired Indoor Environments workshops

When:  Saturday, May 2, 2015 | 9 a.m.– noon & 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Where:  Bright Horizons at Riverside Hospital | Bright Horizons at Riverside Hospital, 835 Thomas Lane, Columbus, OH 43214


How to Register: Sign up by March 25, 2015 reserve your spot!

Space is limited, so we invite you to register today:

New Canopy Walk in NE Ohio

Get a New Perspective from above the Trees. A new experience is coming this fall to northeast Ohio. The Judith and Maynard H. Murch IV Canopy Walk and Kalberer Family Emergent Tower will take guests on an immersive exploration of the forest and tree canopy.

Help save Monarchs, get a free Garden Kit and enter to win a trip for four to Walt Disney World!

National Wildlife Federation is giving away 10,000 Butterfly Hero Garden Kits to kids and their families between now and May 15th. To be a Butterfly Hero and receive your free Kit, take the Pledge to Help Monarchs and upload your photo with the universal butterfly sign as shown. Your family could also win a trip for four to Walt Disney World!

New LNCI 2015 Calendar! Year of Light!

NW Ohio Leave No Child Inside, again, is featuring a new LNCI monthly calendar for 2015
promoting Happier! Healthier! Smarter!  monthly themes, weekly priorities, and daily events that specifically zero in on celebrating Nature in the Out-of-doors, a Healthy Life Style, Family activities ‘n Fun for Children. This year the over-all theme is The International Year of Light, proclaimed by the United Nations.

Calendar Download Here

Creator ‘n Contact, me, Sandy Gratop at

What a tremendous theme! Light! The focus “of light science and its applications, recognizes the importance of raising global awareness about how light-based technologies promote sustainable light development and provide solutions to global challenges in energy, education, agriculture & health.
Light plays a vital role in our daily lives, has revolutionized medicine, opened up international communication through the internet, and is still central to linking cultural, economic and political aspects around the world.

Save Our Ohio Butterflies: Stop BtK in Wayne National Forest

More information on Btk and its impact in Wayne National Forest….

The issue of BtK insecticide being used to control Gypsy Moths in Ohio continues.

The location now at risk is Wayne National Forest located in the Appalachian foothills of Eastern Ohio. This forest is in three fragmented areas with a total of 833,990 acres. The tagline for Wayne National Forest is “The Essence of Nature”. The butterfly check list on the forest web site is amazing with such a large variety of species. This forest is known for its the natural beauty of wildflowers, rocks formations, trees, butterflies, and abundant wildlife. See the attached pdf Butterfly Check List; there are nine sensitive species noted.

If BtK is sprayed in Wayne National Forest all the butterfly caterpillars that eat the sprayed leaves will be affected. This will result in catastrophic death of caterpillars of favored species in order to kill the Gypsy moth. This spring is the target date for spraying. The loss of caterpillars will also negatively impact the bird population.

Your continued support to stop the use of BtK is needed. The Sierra Club of Ohio received the garden club endorsed petition, and they are now providing an online one. The web link below explains that every caterpillar, no matter the species, will be wiped out by contact with the poison. The Sierra Club is also requesting the use of Gypcheck or Pheromone Flakes to control the Gypsy moth as the garden club petition did.

Please share this link with one and all, as our butterfly population is already in decline and we can’t risk the loss of any more. In nature, Spring should be a time of birth, not death.

This link will take you to the petition.

Go Camping. Combat Nature-Deficit Disorder.

According to Robert Louv’s 2005 book, Nature-Deficit Disorder is the “diminished use of the senses, attention difficulties and higher rates of physical and emotional illness” as a result of too much time indoors and not enough time out.

The solution? An good ol’ fashioned camping trip.

Find out more about it here.

NW Ohio LNCI: Fall Fiesta Sunday

Fall Fiesta Flyer 2013

Nature Play for Children lectures and workshops scheduled (Cleveland Area)

For many of us, outdoor play was a daily part of our childhood. Today that kind of childhood has all but disappeared. In the United States kids spend nearly 30 percent of their time with electronic media, but just a tiny fraction as much outside. Frequent, spontaneous play in “wild” outdoor settings provides perfect support for the entire spectrum of child development needs: physical, social/emotional, creative, intellectual and spiritual. But over the past 30 years those
positive influences have largely vanished from our children’s experiences.

The Holden Arboretum and Cleveland Botanical Garden are collaborating to offer a series of lectures, workshops and classes. These offerings are for parents, teachers, informal educators and anyone else who has an interest in young children. They are designed to inspire, educate and give first hand experiences about the importance of nature play and how to encourage it and plan for it. Scroll down or click here for a full listing and description of events.

Go Outside and Play! — Why Our Parents had it Right, 7 p.m.Thursday, April 18

Lecture for parents and educators at The Andrews Osborne Academy, Willoughby,Ohio. Free event, but registration is required.

Ken Finch, president of Green Hearts Institute for Nature in Childhood, Omaha,Nebraska, will help us to understand the value and impacts of nature play and how we can restore it to our children’s lives — whether in backyards, neighborhood parks, child care centers or schoolyards. Finch will use anecdotes and research data to inspire us to head home with new ideas and passion for restoring the true nature of childhood!

Creating a Nature Play Space: Big or Small, 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Friday, April 19

Workshop for parents and educators at The Holden Arboretum, Kirtland, Ohio. Cost $30.

Would you like to expose the young children in your life to more nature play? Join us as we explore the nuts and bolts of how to accomplish this in your space. Ken Finch, president of Green Hearts Institute for Nature in Childhood, will share the whys and hows for successful nature play. Hear from local early childhood organizations that have taken the first step to incorporate nature play at their sites. Challenges, features, costs and support that are needed for success will be covered. First hand experiences in Holden’s own Buckeye Bud’s Adventure Woods will be included. This workshop is for anyone with the desire to start or add to their outdoor nature play space.

The Science of Play Based Education, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 17

Symposium and Workshop at the Cleveland Botanical Garden. Full-day participation (registration required – includes lunch, parking and educational materials) is $35 for members, $42 nonmembers.

Join David Sobel, professor atAntioch University,New Hampshire, as he shares the solid foundation of data that suggests that environmental and place-based education can improve test scores, change teacher behavior, improve school climate, increase stewardship behavior and yes, even improve environmental quality. The morning will continue with a panel discussion led by the Case Western ReserveUniversitySchubertCenterfor Child Development and an exploration of the Hershey Children’s Garden. The afternoon workshop “Applying the Small Worlds Principle in Curriculum Development” will help guide teachers in applying these principles in their classrooms. The morning symposium is free and open to the public (registration is required, parking not included, David Sobel’s book for first 150 registrants).

Learn How to Play in Nature, 9 a.m. to noon, June 26-Aug. 10

Hands-on activity sessions for educators and parents at Holden Arboretum and the Cleveland Botanical Gardens. $15 members, $20 nonmembers per session.

Play on Land – Friday, June 28 or Saturday, June 29 – Holden

Play in Water – Friday, July 26 or Saturday, July 27 – Holden

Play in the Garden – Friday, Aug. 9 or Saturday, Aug. 10 – CBG

Learn about the benefits of outdoor play, how kids interact with their surroundings and how you can facilitate and encourage these activities in your own space or those you visit. Experience these activities first hand. Take one session or sign up for all three to increase your repertoire of fun-filled outdoor activities to share. These adults-only workshops will have you thinking and playing like a kid again!

To register for events at The Holden Arboretum or the lecture at Andrews Osborne Academy, visit or contact Vonna at 440.602.3833 or

To register for events at Cleveland Botanical Garden, visit or contact Jen or Amanda at 216.721.1600 ext. 100 or

Visit for more information on these events.