Sixty Kids Completed The 2022 WCPD100HourOutside Challenge

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Families came out to WCPD FREE Fall Concert Saturday to get their 100HourOutside Challenge goodie bags

WARREN COUNTY, OH -- Children as young as 10 months up to 13 years of age participated in this year’s WCPD100HoursOutside Challenge, a program geared to encourage parents to get their kids outside.

“Science has proven that time spent in nature helps improve mood, reduces stress, and improves your sleep among a host of other incredible benefits,” is a statement found on ACParks.org website.

According to 1000hoursoutside.com, kids are spending 1200 hours a year on average in front of a screen… may it be tv, computer or gaming.

To help with the challenge of getting kids outside, Warren County Park District held 100HourOutside in collaboration with its Tech Free Tuesdays.

Every Tuesday throughout the summer months of June, July and August Warren County Park District Certified Naturalist Shannon Pennington scheduled an outdoor activity at either Armco Park in Lebanon or Landen-Deerfield Park in Maineville. (The activity-site rotated between the two parks, meaning one week it would be at Armco, then the next week it would be at Landen-Deerfield, then, the week after that it would return to Armco.) 

Children, along with their parents, under the direction of Pennington and volunteers from Friends of Warren County Park District were introduced to outdoor activities such as fishing, hiking, creeking, reptiles, and butterflies... just to name a few of the activities that were offered this summer.

WCPD 100HoursOutside ran from Memorial Day to Labor Day. And, this year 60 kids participated and turned in their completed forms showing they had met the challenge.

To meet the challenge, the participants did things such as swimming, attending an outdoor concert, walking, fishing, riding their bike, eating outside, reading a book under a tree, and even gardening.

The kids who met the challenge are:

  • Ignatius Millspaw 
  • Petra Millspaw 
  • Diana Millspaw
  • Lexy Fear
  • Charlotte Fear
  • Hadley Fear
  • Crosley Williams
  • Hadley Williams 
  • Allie Kneuven 
  • Jacob Kneuven
  • Elena Milender
  • George Milender
  • Ryleigh Baughman
  • Lucas Bedel
  • Matthew Bedel
  • Andrew Bedel
  • Mae Ludlow
  • Allan Ludlow
  • Everlee Ludlow
  • Kannon Tucker
  • Raider Tucker
  • Addison Keller
  • Elena Keller
  • Mila Romo-Osorio
  • Cara Romo-Osorio
  • Yago Romo-Osorio
  • Dawson Miller
  • Jessica Franks
  • Julianna Franks 
  • Jacob Franks
  • Hannah Gillette
  • Maya Gillette
  • Leah Smith
  • Hazel Orris
  • Sullivan Opris
  • Titus Walters
  • Josh Walters
  • Micah Walters
  • Jonas Walters
  • Luke Sechrist
  • Isaac Sechrist
  • Claire Sechrist
  • Oliver Savage
  • Judd Roberts
  • Dean Roberts
  • Nolan Jones
  • Vivian Jones
  • Madilyn Jones
  • Harrison Waisanen
  • Meridith Leslie
  • Adelina Leslie
  • Theodore Leslie
  • Milo Leslie
  • Colin Thulin
  • Margaret Wey
  • Lincoln Beisner
  • Olivia Beisner
  • Piper Prochno 
  • Cooper Prochno 
  • Avery Hogan

The kids who completed the challenge received a good bag with coupons and gifts from:

  • Whitetails Unlimited, Warren County Caesar Creek Chapter
  • 100+Who Care of Warren County
  • Blooms & Berries
  • Loveland Canoe & Kayak
  • Wild Birds Unlimited of West Chester
  • Friends of Warren County Park District
  • Warren County Park District

Congratulations to both the kids and the parents for helping them meet WCPD100HoursOutside Challenge! To see other activities happening at the parks visit FWCPDOH.com.

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