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  • 1. Westwood Hills Nature Center
  • 2. OUR MISSION“To Reveal the Wonder ofNature to all Citizens of MN.”
  • 3. Wonderful ParksWonderful Natural AreasWonderful TrailsWonder FUL
  • 4. Most children and youth today have little direct experience in the outdoors as a part of their daily lives.Wonder
  • 5. While there are alwaysexceptions, for the mostpart, children today arerarely engaged in unstructuredand imaginative play of theirchoosing in rich and diversenature-based settings.
  • 6. A growing body ofresearch suggests thatthis disconnection, thisnature-deficitdisorder, may beassociated with anepidemic of childhoodobesity,
  • 7. childhood diabetes, behaviordisorders, depression and adiminished sense of placeand community.
  • 8. Last Child in the WoodsRichard Louv
  • 10. OUR METHOD“To reveal the wonder of Nature to allcitizens of MN through technology .”
  • 11. Digital Landscape
  • 12. Facebook TwitterGoogle+ FoursquareYouTube VimeoFlickr
  • 13. Technologypresents a new wayto communicatenature.
  • 14. Digital photography may be the key toencouraging a generation of wired kids tounplug their screens long enough to headoutdoors and connect with the natural world.Or at least that’s the key finding to emergefrom a recent study conducted by a graduatestudent at the U of M.University of Minnesota in Duluth, Minnesota.
  • 15. Common Milkweed Daisy Fleabane Black-eyed Susan Jewelweed Tall Sunflower Black-eyed Susan A counterpoint to the Cardinal Flower is most desirable plant for wildflower gardens. Once thought to be a cure for syphilis the root contains alkaloids which cause vomiting Water lily seed pod Nodding Bur Sunflower Great LobeliaHow can we communicate nature ? e communicate better ?
  • 16. Technology has found anew home in the greatoutdoors — according toRichard Louv, author ofLast Child in the Woods —so it’s hardly surprisingthat kids are tapping intothis trend, too
  • 17. Louv explains:“Technonaturalists are agrowing segment of our goal-oriented society, and digitalcameras serve as inducementsto get outside in much the sameway fishing gear has for many.
  • 18. Ultimately, we are well-served by whatever gizmo helps get us into the outdoors if weknow when to put that device down
  • 19. —cameras included — and when to simply use our inborn senses to soak up thenuances of our surroundings.”
  • 20. QRA technological doorway toeverything that Westwood HillsNature Center wants to bring to itsvisitors. It is a directional sign toWestwood Hills Nature Center.
  • 21. WHNC Digital InterfaceConnects to MN districtIntegrates curriculum in schools to WHNCDevelops a sense of communityPromote NCLB benchmarks in district math and readingExtends our experience with our visitors
  • 22. OUR MISSION & OUR METHOD• Develop a long-term Technology Plan for all the populations we serve.• Purchase ten IPAD tablets for use at the Nature Center during interpretive programs with School Districts to develop a collection •of Align our student created digital images. • Integrate a portion of our educational services with District 54 curriculum. • Develop a Digital presence through the use of FACEBOOK, Twitter, YouTube or other suitable platforms.
  • 23. Our Students want to be here ….Let’s not keep them waiting.
  • 24. Thank You
  • 25. Blue Heron
  • 26. Cedar Meadows is one of a series of engineeredwetlands in Minneapolis designed to collect stormwater and urban runoff in the watershed.Urban runoff contains high levels of nitrogen andphosphorus (fertilizer) as well as soil erosion fromhomeowners and development.The untreated water entering rivers and lakes cancreate a hostile environment for plants and animals.Wetlands serve as a cost-effective filter that allowsparticulates to settle out of the water before it enterslakes or streams.
  • 27. Canada Geese