Friday, September 25, 2020

Autumn Tree Observation Mission

   Fall is here! The season of cold winds and campfires. But what is autumn most known for? Its trees! Every year something special happens to each tree. The leaves will start to change colors, and so will other things that you might not expect. Fill out these questions at the and watch an amazing transformation! Let’s get started.

1. Find a tree. It could be anywhere, in your yard, maybe at school, or maybe just around the block.This tree is your tree. You will be observing it for the next two weeks. If you miss a day, no worries! Just keep going! 

2. You will observe your tree for 14 days to see how the leaves change color, what happens to the leaves, and how it affects other life around it.


   For starters, list everything you can about your tree now. This is Day One. You could record anything from the color of the bark to what kind of tree it is! Things you record don’t have to be connected to the tree’s change. This is for you to get to know your tree! You could even give it a name! (Mine is Leroy!)

Monday, June 15, 2020

Supporting Time Outdoors

Back before the pandemic started, as kid governor I had one goal. To get kids outdoors more. I testified to support a bill to establish a committee to research the benefits of extended recess. It was an incredible experience, to see all the people getting up in front of the legislators, saying what they had to say, and being heard. Many of those people spoke from their hearts. I too spoke about my past experiences. I got to meet our legislators and speak to ordinary people who were making themselves heard.

When the pandemic happened, my goals had to change. For most people, everything had to change. I started focusing on what I could do to support people during this crisis. I realized we need to focus on what we can do, and not what we could have done.

Through the generosity of neighbors, family, and friends, I was able to put together 35 summer fun bags that were distributed to Concord students with limited resources. Each bag contained sidewalk chalk, a jump rope, bubbles, and a ball, in addition to other items for outdoor fun. I hope that these bags helped kids get outside to enjoy a little fun during a stressful time. I am continuing my Sunshine Time project to help Friends of Forgotten Children reach their goal of putting together 1000 bags for kids in need of some fun outdoor activities this summer. I will be collecting donations all summer to help them make this happen.

While this isn’t exactly what I planned, it wasn’t as hard as I thought to find a different way to reach my goal. I’m so thankful and glad that so many people are willing to help in a time like this.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Outdoor Challenge: Chalk-Art

We’ve been home for nearly five weeks because of the pandemic. People are stuck at home, and the ones that aren’t risk getting the virus to make sure we’re safe. It might start to feel discouraging... which is why I’ve decided that our new outdoor challenge is going to be chalk-art!  
   This is something that lots of people have been doing to keep everybody in high spirits! You can write out positive messages on the sidewalk, like ‘stay positive!’ and ‘stay safe!’. You could thank the people who are working, like teachers and doctors and your community for staying safe. You can also do art to go along with these sayings, from giant stained-glass hearts to smiling suns and spring creatures, to decorative patterns around the sayings. Even the letters can be art, if you make bubble letters or loopy letters. Have fun with this, and be creative! We’re in this together!

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Outdoor Interactive Color Hunt!

    We’ve been stuck at home for a couple weeks already, and I hope you’re getting outside on the days we’ve had sun! But… you’ve gone outside everyday! You’ve been hiking, you’ve gone bike-riding, you’ve played and played and played outside, so, what to do? If you’re out of ideas, I have just the thing! I’m guessing so many people out there wish they could be outside with friends, but that’s not possible...or is it?
    The Outdoor Interactive Color Hunt (OICH) is a way to have fun outside AND hang out with friends! Below is the list of materials and rules.

Materials: Some sort of communication device. 
How it works: On your device, call a friend or two and tell them about OICH. Next, choose a color. You can take turns. You will be looking for something outdoors that is that color, so you might not want to choose something like rainbow! Then choose a set amount of time to find a certain number of things that are that color. You can also see who can find the most in that time. I would recommend one to two minutes to look. When the time is up, show your friends what you found. If something is too big or you are unable to move it you can simply find the object and show them from where it is. And, most importantly, HAVE FUN!

Friday, March 20, 2020

Welcome to Spring!

Spring is here! The snow has melted, and with no school, it’s a great chance to be outside! If you can’t think of anything to do, here are a few suggestions:

Hiking- You can go for a stroll in the woods, and look out for wildlife and interesting things. Just the other day, I saw tadpoles swimming around! Another thing you can do while hiking is looking for vernal pools. They’re beautiful, but sometimes hard to find!

Biking- You can take your bike for a spin around the block, or you can even just ride it in your driveway! Some of you might even be able to do a bit of mountain biking, and do some of the things you can do while hiking! Not only is biking good exercise, It’s fun too!

Make something up- If you’re not feeling up to going anywhere, this might be a good activity! Get out some sports equipment and your thinking cap, and you can create an outdoor activity of your own.

Monday, February 24, 2020

Becoming New Hampshire's Kid Governor

When I first learned about the Kid Governor program, I knew right away that I was going to run. I wasn’t expecting to win. My campaign came from my own love of being outdoors, watching the sky, exploring the woods, building snow forts, and swimming in crystal-clear lakes. I thought about how little time people spend outdoors, and I wanted to do something.

The program taught me in more ways than one! I learned all about the government, but I also learned about all sorts of other things that my friends and Executive Council had campaigned on.

Finding out that I was the next Kid Governor was a real shock, and it may have been one of the best and happiest days of my life! And the craziest thing was, I didn’t even know it. I almost cried when I tried to talk. I was almost speechless!

Seeing my friends all clustered outside the window during recess when I was learning more about the process of Kid Governor was so amazing! They were all there, almost my whole class!

The moment I stepped outside, I was swarmed! And it was great!

This month’s challenge is to try a new outdoor sport. Skiing is one of my personal favorites! Many people also enjoy ice skating. Or maybe go sledding, it’s easy and fun! Enjoy the snow!

Autumn Tree Observation Mission

   Fall is here! The season of cold winds and campfires. But what is autumn most known for? Its trees! Every year something special happens ...