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Northwestern State University partners with Hodges Gardens

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Leah Jackson (jacksonl@nsula.edu)

News Bureau

Northwestern State University

Natchitoches, LA 71497

(318) 357-6466

6/3/2010

From  http://news.nsula.edu

NATCHITOCHES – Seeking to bring wider attention to a garden jewel in the forest of northwest Louisiana, Northwestern State University has partnered with Hodges Gardens State Park in efforts to involve students and the community in a variety of outreach and service projects.  Administrators hope the research and education partnership will provide opportunities to engage students and the community in a variety of activities offered at the Gardens.

 According to Park Manager Kim Kelly, getting people, especially children, unplugged and outdoors to enjoy nature is a challenge, but can be a boost to wellness.

 “In this ever changing and fast paced world, sometimes nature and the outdoors take a back seat to more sedentary activities like television, cell phones and video games,” Kelly said.  “Studies have shown that spending time in nature has many positive benefits.  Children who have opportunities to play and learn in nature are more likely to handle challenges and problems more capably and act responsibly toward the earth and each other.”  In addition to the benefits of physical fitness, Kelly continued, children exposed to the outdoors have a greater appreciation of the arts, are more likely to choose science or a related career field and tend to become better-informed and environmentally aware adults.  […] 

Hodges Gardens State Park is located on Hwy. 171 south of Florien.  For more information on the park and activities, go to www.lastateparks.com or call (318) 586-3523.   A Hodges Gardens website is in the works, Kelly said.

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June 5, 2010 at 7:19 pm

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