Friday, September 11, 2009

The Great Outdoors

Now that the weather has cooled off (not that we had a HOT summer), now is the time to take advantage of the great natural resources Virginia has to offer.

Want to try a backpacking adventure or explore one of our areas more pristine islands? Check out the Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation Guide. Look under "Outdoor Adventure and Nature Programs" to see the variety of activities they offer. Of special interest to me: A Mommy and Me Backpacking Trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains at the end of October (kids 5 -10 are age-appropriate for this trip).

We are so lucky to have the James River and are additionally blessed to have a great organization in charge of enhancing and protecting the James and Appomattox Rivers. Friends of Chesterfield's Riverfront is a non-profit organization that brings together land owners, corporations and concerned citizens to address the rivers in our area. Are you interested in playing a larger role in the protection of the James? Check out Chesterfield WaterTrends, a group of volunteers trained in Water Monitoring. The next session is October 3rd and you could be part of it!

If you try any of these suggestions or have some of your own, please share your experiences and feedback with us. The more time we spend outside, the more we will appreciate and take care of the resources around us!

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