Making memories, learning, growing and discovering our roots…

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Discovery, learning, growing and hands-on activities were the order of the day at the sixth annual Dani’s Dreams Earth Day Dedication Event April 10 at the outdoor education center at Zion Lutheran School in New Palestine.

The warmest day of the year so far was prime time for children and their parents and grandparents to enjoy several outdoor activities and each other’s company, including:

1) A Nature Detective hunt, where children gathered information on butterflies, birds, dinosaurs, weather and photosynthesis. All winning names were placed in a random drawing for an I Spy birdhouse. The Day family won the birdhouse! Watch for future reports on Dani’s Dreams website and Facebook page from the Day birdhouse.

2) Mini Greenhouses – kids and their grandparents took home dirt and seeds and will now get to “Watch ‘Em Grow!”

3) Thanks to the participating families who planted bulbs, one of the gardens at Dani’s Dreams will bloom this summer with colorful gladiolus flowers! Check out the plants’ progress over the summer on the website and Facebook page.

The first round of voting took place for this year’s T-shirt design and essay contest for the Dani’s Dreams Walk/Run Aug. 2, 8 a.m. at New Palestine High School. Finalists will be chosen and placed online where everyone can vote for their favorite!

Kids, don’t forget to talk to your grandparents and get their stories for our “Remember Our Roots” memory book. We are compiling childhood memories and stories over this year. Send them to Zion Lutheran School, in c/o Dani’s Dreams or post them online at the Remember Our Roots at Dani’s Dreams Outdoor Education Center’s Facebook Page.

Remember Dani’s Dreams Outdoor Education Center at Zion Lutheran School  is open every day to spend some quality outdoor time with your family!

Remember When You Were A Kid?

when i was a kid interview sheet Tomorrow’s “Remember Our Roots” celebration kicks off a year of activities, learning and fun at Dani’s Dreams Outdoor Education Center, with kids taking the lead and connecting to their roots – their grandparents.

“We’d play catch, we’d play marbles, we’d play tag and baseball and football and throw snowballs in the winter, and we’d help each other do stuff- that was all fun,” said Cole Allen Vandygriff’s grandfather, Dido said in an email. “Sometimes we’d go to parks to play or even to the river (where we weren’t supposed go to) and even if we got hurt sometimes it was still fun to be with my friends. I guess our guardian angels had to work overtime sometimes but they did a good job.”

All grandparents and their grandchildren are invited to share their memories in the Go Green Center tomorrow, 3:30-5 p.m. either on video or by filling out the “When I Was A Kid” story form. The stories created, as well as the posts and pictures uploaded to the “Remember Our Roots” Facebook page, will be placed in a memory book for the end of the year.

We’ll also be planting bulbs, constructing mini-greenhouses, gathering knowledge on a nature detective hunt and creating family tree stories about life when grandparents were children.

Studies show that environmental education improves student achievement in core subject areas and also makes students more interested in learning overall. What’s more, getting kids outside and active promotes a healthy lifestyle that is essential to fighting obesity and reducing symptoms associated with attention deficit disorder, depression, and stress.

And for all generations, nothing beats being outside, enjoying God’s wonderful creation, and spending precious moments with family – join us!

 

 

Outdoor Experiences Bring Learning to Life – Join Us!

Scientists and researchers will tell you that children who have hands-on, real-world activities better understand concepts and processes. At Dani’s Dreams empowering children and giving them innovative opportunities to grow, to explore and to discover is the heart of our mission.20140407_220813

This Thursday from 3:30-5 p.m. children will be learning, growing, running, laughing and sharing those experiences with the most important people in their lives, parents and grandparents – simple basic enjoyment of the wonders of God’s creation.

Share your childhood story.

Plant a seed together and watch it grow over time.

Listen to the birds.

Feel the breeze.

Remember your roots.

All those families who complete the Nature Detective Quiz will be in a drawing to win an I Spy birdhouse. They can watch the birds in their backyard and also make reports on their activities and share that with others on Dani’s Dreams website and Facebook page.

 

Connecting Families To Nature and Each Other

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Dani’s Dreams will sponsor free family activities that celebrate the roots of our lives – grandparents from 3:30-5 p.m. Thursday April 10.

Grandparents, parents and kids can share their stories, plant bulbs, start a mini-greenhouse, learn about seeds, roots and have a chance to win a special nature prize! Celebrate and learn about God’s wonderful creation and the people in our lives that ground us and give us the strength to reach for our dreams.

During this week, Dani’s Dreams Outdoor Education Center will post activities and information for families. Come to the Earth Day Event April 10 and each family will receive a mini-greenhouse to get their seeds started and watch them grow!

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Dani Says, You Could Be A Winner to Remember!

dani logoTO ALL KIDS IN HANCOCK COUNTY:
Enter the Dani’s Dreams Outdoor Education Center’s annual T-shirt design and essay contest.
The theme for this year’s event is “Remember Our Roots” and all Hancock County classrooms, Scout and youth groups are invited to bring a grandparent or parents and participate in environmental educational activities and crafts at Dani’s Dreams Earth Day Dedication Event April 10, 3:30-5 p.m. located at Zion Lutheran School in New Palestine.
There are now TWO WAYS for you to show your talents.

1. DRAW A PICTURE using the theme for the front of T-shirts. Your drawing could bring Dani’s Dreams to life on T-shirts for the seventh annual memorial walk/run Aug. 2. If your picture is chosen, you will receive a free T-shirt and $50 and your name will be on every shirt. You will be introduced Aug. 2 at the beginning of the walk/run at New Palestine High School.

2. WRITE AN ESSAY based on the theme “Remember Our Roots” Entries from all ages will be accepted. The winner will receive a free T-shirt and $25. Money raised at this event will go to fund the Dani’s Dreams Outdoor Education Center, open to all students in Hancock County.
Turn in your drawing or essay to your teacher by April 9 or bring it to Dani’s Dreams April 10, 3:30-5.
Entries will be picked up at each school April 9 or they can be dropped off at Zion Lutheran School. The best of the T-shirt designs and essays will be on display for voting during the Earth Day Dedication Event at Dani’s Dream Outdoor Education Center April 10 3:30-5 p.m. Keep up with all the Dani’s Dreams news at http://www.danisdreamsoutdooredcenter.wordpress.com. Email dgriffins96@gmail.com for more information.Here’s the entry form for the T-shirt design and essay contest:

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Treasure Found at Children’s Museum Night!

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Hancock County families found the real treasure by shaking off the winter doldrums Feb. 26 at Children’s Museum Night, sponsored by Dani’s Dreams Outdoor Education Center at Zion Lutheran School’s gymnasium. The evening included free, educational and entertaining activities designed for families to learn and interact together when the Children Museum’s, National Geographic’s “Treasures of the Earth” came to New Palestine. Zion’s PTL  provided concessions for sale.

Children and their families:

• Examined and identified authentic tools in an archeologist’s pack;

• Assembled a take-home science experiment to observe and learn about what happens to metal objects in saltwater environments;

• Wrote their names in hieroglyphs in a pharaoh’s cartouche, and

• Created their own “Terra Cotta Warriors” in Emperor Qin’s tomb

This entertaining and educational science program kicked off the year’s activities at Hancock County’s only outdoor education center.

Teachers, Scout Leaders, and other community groups, contact Dani’s Dreams Outdoor Education Center to schedule your specially designed educational opportunity. We’ll tailor your experience to your needs at NO CHARGE. Contact Donna Griffin, director, at dgriffins96@gmail.com or 317-640-4430.

 

Ready for Adventure? Discover the Treasures of the Earth Feb. 26!

Kids, get your family and head to Zion Lutheran School, 6-8 p.m. Feb. 26 to explore the wonders and treasures of the earth when the Children’s Museum’s “National Geographic’s Treasures of the Earth” exhibit brings free family educational activities and fun, sponsored by Dani’s Dreams Outdoor Education Center.

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Explore the Treasures of the Earth this Wednesday

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From National Geographic for Kids: The Great Pyramid was once encased in a dazzling layer of polished limestone and topped with a golden capstone. The casting was stripped away long ago as building material for Cairo.

FACT: Of the seven wonders of the ancient world, The Great Pyramid is the only one left standing.

Find many more fun facts and explore the wonders and treasures of the earth when the Children’s Museum’s “National Geographic’s Treasures of the Earth” exhibit comes to Zion Lutheran School’s gym, 6-8 p.m. this Wednesday, Feb. 26. Free family educational activities and fun await you at this special event sponsored by Dani’s Dreams Outdoor Education Center.

Find Your Treasures of the Earth

members.nationalgeographicCheck out this video, The Making of “Treasures of the Earth”, from National Geographic about the creation of the “National Geographic Treasures of the Earth” exhibit at The Children’s Museum. This special exhibit is coming to New Palestine this Wednesday at Zion Lutheran School, 6-8 p.m. and is open to all area families for a FREE educational experience, which is the REAL TREASURE!

Families, You Can Find the ‘Treasures of the Earth’

useDSC_0425Hancock County families can beat cabin fever and shake off the winter doldrums with a family “treasure hunt” Feb. 26, 6-8 p.m. at Zion Lutheran School’s gymnasium. Dani’s Dreams Outdoor Education Center is sponsoring an evening of free, educational and entertaining activities designed for families to learn and interact together when the Children’s Museum comes to New Palestine, with the National Geographic’s “Treasures of the Earth.” Zion Lutheran’s PTL will be providing concessions during the event.

A few of the 7 activities and interactive presentations planned:

Tools of Discovery Examine and identify authentic tools in an archeologist’s pack: pointed trowel, margin trowel, line level, folding ruler, hand sifter, brushes and more. Learn how each tool is used in an archaeological excavation.

Secrets under the Sea For years, no one recognized the “rocks” and coral in 10 feet of water in the Caribbean Sea as a pile of 26 cannons among pieces of anchors. Assemble a science experiment and take it home to observe and learn about what happens to metal objects in saltwater environments.

Tomb Readers Families will translate hieroglyphs in a pharaoh’s cartouche to discover who was buried in the longest, deepest, and most complete tomb in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings.

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