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.

Help Our Children: Re-energize and Connect MVLNCI 4th Annual Summit

Help Us Connect Kids to Nature

We invite you to attend the Miami Valley Leave No Child Inside 4th Annual Summit

SATURDAY, FEB. 21, 2015 from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave. Dayton, Ohio

Daily outdoor play makes kids healthier, happier and smarter — and you can make it easier for kids to access the outdoors at schools, parks and homes. Join local efforts to build access to nature for children during this 4th annual summit.

  • Review local nature play areas
  • Keynote panel and presentations featuring best practices and resources
  • Learn how you can become part of this important work
  • Hands-on sessions held outdoors

REGISTRATION REQUIRED and can be found here. 

Visit or call (937) 275-7275 for more information

See flyer MVLNCI_Flyer_HelpConnectKids and Public Agenda MVNCLI Summit Feb 21 2015 and help us spread the word.    We are also trying something new where parents and kids are joining us for part of the summit on an outdoor adventure.  Check it out here MVLNCI_Flyer_ConnectYourKids

For reference these can also be found on the Miami Valley region page of Ohio LNCI Collaboratives.

Miami Valley

Continue to visit our facebook page Get Out In Nature at  to keep up with our latest communications and general event information.

Here is an article by Kristen Wicker  to help us promote our event


New this year, parents and children are invited to outdoor play session during afternoon of Feb. 21 summit.

DAYTON, Ohio, Feb. 10, 2015 — Children ages 8 to 18 are spending an average of more than seven hours a day in front of a screen or engaged with audio media, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. Research by the Children & Nature Network shows only 6 percent of children ages 9 to 13 play outdoors on their own.

The result is an effect dubbed “nature deficit disorder” by Richard Louv, co-founder of the national nonprofit Children & Nature Network. It’s outlined in his book Last Child in the Woods, which points out the disconnect between children and families with nature — and the benefits that would result from reconnecting and having frequent, varied opportunities for unstructured play outdoors.

Those who’d like to join local efforts to connect children and families with nature will come away with new resources, action steps and connections by attending the fourth annual Miami Valley Leave No Child Inside Summit, held from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark, 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave. Five Rivers MetroParks and the Miami Valley Leave No Child Inside Network, a chapter of the statewide Leave No Child Inside initiative, have partnered to present the summit.

“Kids are hungry to discover more about nature” said Doug Horvath, an education supervisor for Five Rivers MetroParks. “Independent, outdoor play allows children to become builders, engage in more imaginative free time and helps to makes them healthier and smarter.”

New this year, parents and children are invited to join the summit at 2:30 p.m. for the Nature Club for Families program. They will play outdoors while learning how families can explore parks and enjoy nature. Afternoon program attendees also will help summit participants create effective ways to engage more children and families with nature.

“We hope to create a form of civic leaders, only on a family scale,” Horvath said. “They can create groups for getting outside with families that live near to them.”

Reservations are required to attend the summit and afternoon program. Call 937-275-7275 or visit and search for the Miami Valley Leave No Child Inside Summit (program L10) and Nature Club for Families (program M144).

Also new to the summit is a presentation of the OUTstanding Teacher Award from Five Rivers MetroParks. Awardees will be honored with a plaque, as well as a prize package worth $800 for their classrooms. Funded through the James M. Cox Jr. Arboretum Foundation’s Kettering Grant, the award is for teachers providing students with outdoor, environmental experiences that inspire interest in and positive attitudes about nature.

“There is no better teacher than mother nature,” Horvath said. “The more we can spread the message and facilitate locations for children to explore, the more we help to inspire them to find a connection with nature.”


Five Rivers MetroParks is a nationally renowned park system composed of natural area parks, gardens, high-quality river corridors, urban parks and a network of recreation trails, celebrating more than 50 years of preserving green space and natural areas. Five Rivers MetroParks protects the region’s natural heritage and provides outdoor experiences that inspire a personal connection with nature. Educational programs and recreational opportunities are offered year-round for all ages. To learn more about Five Rivers MetroParks, log onto or call 937-275-PARK.

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

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