Outdoor education begins at home. Before children can become absorbed socially in the outside world they learn to engage with the surrounding environment using their senses. Although this connection starts at infancy, it is vital these senses and natural learning occurrences continue through adulthood. These experiences provide enriching skills of leadership and cognitive interaction. Environmental education activities benefit all ages physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially. Simply picking up liter, studying bugs, viewing birds, or even a half hour guided hike or bicycle journey through a natural area relieves stress and encourages people to strengthen their relationship with these eco-treasures of Indiana.
Outdoor adventure starts with creativity and inspiration. Providing these key ingredients requires an army of organizations. Northeast Indiana is very fortunate to have an abundance of organizations that care about our environment and provide educational programs to the public.
Plug-In To Nature would like to encourage all residents to take part in a hands-on, memorable, real world experience by exploring the natural areas of Northeast Indiana. What better way to do this then by providing an online eco-hub of information?
PROVIDE a centralized community resource associated with a variety of conservation organizations that advocate for the ecological assets of Allen County. The finished project will assist non-profit and community organizations in raising awareness for their conservation causes.
ENCOURAGE community support of local organizations that contribute their efforts towards local conservation, preservation, wildlife protection, sustainable living, and the health benefits of outdoor recreation.
INSPIRE the development of relationships between school districts, homeschool groups, families and local organizations to increase participation in local environmental education study trips, classroom visits, and family outings.