6 outdoor education programs where you can get your hands in the dirt in Alabama


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Nature education in Alabama is more than reading a textbook, watching videos or going to a museum, especially for kids and families. Sometimes you have to get your hands and feet in the dirt.

Verna Gates, the founder of the Birmingham-based Fresh Air Family, explains:

“We want to return children to their natural habitat, which is outdoors. We want to introduce many of them who’ve never been outdoors to playing in the rain, in the creek or digging for worms in the woods. 

Children love it. Children have loved it for millennia. It is so much fun.”

Our previous two stories connected you to the 29 Nature Centers across Alabama and watchable wildlife programs.

In this, our third installment about nature education, we feature six programs in Alabama that help kids get outside, explore the natural world and grow their own food.

Join us.

Learn more about these 6 outdoor education programs across the state.

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Pat Byington
Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.

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