Petit Jean State Park has invited the public to take part in connecting children to the natural world as part of a growing nationwide effort geared to getting young people off the couch, unplugged from technology and enjoying the outdoors in their local community.

"Take a Child Outside" week is a program which urges all citizens to participate in outdoor activities from Sept. 24-30. Take A Child Outside week is designed to help break down obstacles that keep children from discovering the natural world, and to arm parents, teachers and other caregivers with resources and recreational activities for exploring local habitats.   

Participants can make a pledge to take a child outside onthe Take A Child Outside website (www.takeachildoutside.org). Petit Jean State Park has planned programs to bring children outside and into nature, providing family activities such as a "Wild Animal Homes Hike" beginning at 9 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, starting at the Pavilion A parking lot.

Those who are interested in participating in our activities should contact the park at 501-727-6510 or 501-727-6512. For more information about the nationwide movement or to become a partner organization, visit www.takeachildoutside.org.