Join Sarah Salazar-Tipton and Dr. Janelle Doolittle on four consecutive Mondays for the “Children and Nature” series designed to help families incorporate nature and the great outdoors into their children’s lives.
Each talk in the series will take place at Nash’s Farm Store, 4681 Sequim-Dungeness Way in Dungeness and will begin at 10 a.m. They are free and open to the public.
Each class will be child-friendly, so bring your children or grandchildren along to play. A list of resources and ideas will be available to take home and help you incorporate more of the outdoors into your child’s life.
• Sept. 9 — Children in Nature: Learn why children need nature and why the community benefits when they spend more time in it, including what current research is saying about children’s need for more exposure to nature and how parents can give them valuable and rewarding experiences in the natural world.
• Sept. 16 — Create a Child’s Wonderland. Turn your outdoor space into a place to entice and engage your child. Learn ways to transform any space, from a yard to a planter box, into a place where the miracles of nature can be observed and enjoyed.
• Sept. 23 — Gardening with Your Child. Discover playful ideas for creating gardens of any size to engage children in the process of growing their own food or flowers and following the seasons. Connect them to your own beloved personal pastime or create a new family tradition of gardening together.
• Sept. 30—Children’s Nutrition. Learn how role modeling influences eating behaviors and ways to set boundaries for good nutrition. The talk will include children’s biggest nutritional needs for ages 5-12 and what foods have these nutrients; ways to make eating healthy food fun or to disguise veggies and fruit for picky eaters; and why cooking with children is important.
Salazar-Tipton is the leader of the Dungeness Adventure Club (DAC), a nonprofit which helps children connect with nature. Currently, she is leading a weekly nature class where families with young children can enjoy and learn outdoors together. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in marine and environmental sciences from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, served four years in the Coast Guard, worked as a landscaper, and also worked at Nash’s Organic Produce before having her own family. Her two young sons were the inspiration for the creation of DAC.
Doolittle is a licensed naturopathic physician practicing in Port Angeles. She earned her doctorate in naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University in Seattle where her passion for food as medicine flourished. Doolittle completed extra coursework in nutrition, including cooking classes focused on whole foods diets. She said she is passionate about increasing people’s access and use of organic foods, including community gardens, farmers markets and CSAs.