Play forum comes to Shelburne Farms April 4

Three evening discussions explore giving children structured and unstructured time to play in the natural world. These forums are useful for parents, grandparents, mentors, healthcare providers, teachers, and soon-to-be teachers.

Children today face increasing societal pressures, from the push for academics at an earlier age to replacement of recess to be more “plugged in.” Congruently, we’ve seen an upsurge of childhood obesity, type 2 diabetes, and children diagnosed with ADHD. This forum promotes conversation around how we – as individuals, educators, and communities – may raise healthier and happier children. This is a great opportunity to network with others, continue the conversation, find resources, and take action in your home, schools, and organizations.

The forum at Shelburne Farms will be Thursday, April 4 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Additional forums will be held at the following:

North Branch Nature Center (Montpelier, Vt.) Tuesday, April 16, 6-8 pm

Bennington Early Childhood Center (Bennington, Vt.) Monday, April 22, 6-8 pm

To RSVP, please contact Linda Wellings by calling (802) 985-0308 or email For more information, visit

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