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Monday-Friday, June 25-29, 9 a.m.-noon
Ages 6-13 yrs, $130 RES/$145 NR
Meet at the Majestic View Park tennis courts for an hour of tennis instruction, drills, and games. Then off to the Nature Center for fun, hands-on educational activities about animals, wetlands and more. Pickup is back at the courts. Register at apexprd.org/register. Contact the Apex Tennis Center at 303-420-1210 or michelec@apexprd.org with questions.

What to Bring: Dress for the weather (sun protection!) and wear comfortable tennis shoes.

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7030 Garrison St, Arvada, CO
Location Details: Meet at the west parking lot off of 72nd and Carr St.

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The Gardens on Spring Creek to attend Nature’s Harvest Fest
Calling all families with children 12 and under! Kids who spend more time outside have greater attention spans, are more creative, and tend to be healthier, but it can be difficult to get them out there! In the Natural Areas Family Nature Club, you’ll meet other families with similar interests and challenges. Monthly commitment encouraged but not required. Plan to be outside in all weather, get dirty, and have fun! Parents must actively participate in all sessions. Free, registration required at naturetracker.fcgov.com

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Did you know that the Get Outdoors Colorado website just got even better? In addition to looking for your next outdoor adventure, you can now look for your next outdoor job all from the same site! The Get Outdoors Colorado website recently added an all-new Job Center to its website. You will see the new link from the site’s main page. If you are ready to take green play to green pay, instead of looking through website after website for jobs working in outdoor stewardship, natural resources and the environment, you now have a one-stop shop of all of those job opportunities at government agencies, non-profit organizations and private industries. Plus, get career planning advice and resources, a list of community colleges and four-year universities that offer degrees in outdoor-related fields, and links to more government agency job postings. Every day, the outdoor field is looking for new employees in jobs that range from community organizers, recreation planners, and environmental educators to camp counselors, biological science technicians, forestry aids, park maintenance, and GIS specialists. Make a living doing what you love every day! Start by going to: www.GetOutdoorsColorado.org/Job-Center.

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As spring is right around the corner with warmer temperatures and longer days ahead, and the leaves will soon return to the trees, there is a plethora of reasons to get outside and moving. Mountainous Colorado and urban Denver offer a wide array of green space to walk, run, do yoga, bike, roller blade and breathe in some fresh air!

Here are a few ideas on how to develop an outdoor routine that is fun and piques your interest:

  • Join an intramural sports league. These provide a social outlet and get you active with teammates.

o   http://denver.sportsvite.com

o   http://www.meetup.com/Denver-Co-ed-Social-Sports/

  • Join a running club or fitness group. Being part of a group effort makes moving more motivating and keeps it fun.

o   http://www.thepubonpearl.com/pub-run/

o   http://irishsnugrunners.com/

  • Browse a farmers’ market or prepare a healthy picnic chockfull of fruits and veggies. Cardio health is more than just exercise; you must pair movement with healthy eating!

o   http://www.denverfarmersmarket.com/

  • Walking is a versatile way to be outside. Wondering the paths at parks offers scenic ways of experiencing the outdoors.

o   http://denvermetrotrails.com/

o   http://www.denver.com/parks-open-spaces

  • You can also mix up and intensify your walks by adding some strengthening exercises along the way. Every few minutes stop and do a set of lunges, sit ups, push-ups or squats. Adding hills and increasing your speed at intervals also contributes to maximizing benefits from walking.

o   http://www.walk2connect.com/

  • How about some other ideas to get outside with the kids? Geocaching is a scavenger hunt type activity that is a creative way to get the family outside and exploring the natural environment!

o   http://geocachingcolo.com/  

  • You can also take the family to wander around the Botanic Gardens or Denver Zoo especially when entry is free to various Denver venues.

o   http://www.freeindenver.com/denver-free-days

If none of those ideas strike your fancy you can always garden, hike, paddle board, kayak or explore a new neighborhood. The most important thing is to go outside, get moving and enjoy yourself all for the benefit of your heart and overall physical, mental and emontional well-being.  

 

 

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Resolve to Get Outdoors More!

Many people make New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, get in shape or be healthier. Sometimes these resolutions work and other times they are forgotten. But what about a resolution that was fun and good for you? Here are the top 3 reasons why a resolution to get outdoors can stick with you.

  1. It is easy! Getting outside more can certainly mean taking up a new hobby or activity but it doesn’t have to. Resolve to spend your lunch break on a walk, ride your bike with your kids over the weekend, even walking to do errands will get you outside more often. Interested in making it more fun? Learn a new sport or try a new winter activity. Either way, taking simple steps can make keeping your resolution a snap!
  2. It will make you happier! Winter can be an especially tough season that often leads to depression from being indoors more. Getting outdoors can combat those feelings. Spending time outside helps relieve stress and recharge your mind. Breathing fresh and being active helps boost energy levels and can improve your mood.
  3. It will make you healthier! Just soaking up the sun can improve your health. Sunlight gives us valuable Vitamin D which helps boost our immune system. Getting outside also motivates us to move. Being more active will help maintain a healthy weight, heart and muscles. Exercising and moving outdoors can also lead to a better night’s sleep which helps recharge our bodies.

Spending more time outside is sure to be a fun and rewarding experience! For more ideas on what to do outside or where to go, visit the activities section of www.GetOutdoorsColorado.org. The Colorado Parks & Recreation Association can also help connect you to your local park and recreation agency. Visit www.cpra-web.org to learn more. This year, resolve to get outdoors more and enjoy a happier and healthier 2014! 

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Free tennis instruction and games for the whole family. All abilities and ages welcome to attend. Enjoy fun on the tennis court along with music, food and prizes. Drop in anytime!

What to Bring: Dress ready to play with tennis shoes, a hat and sunscreen and we'll provide everything else!

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Berkeley Park Tennis Courts, Denver, CO
Location Details: Join us on the tennis courts.

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Free tennis instruction and games for people of all ages and abilities. Food, prizes, giveaways, music and lots of fun!

What to Bring: Wear tennis shoes and sunscreen. USTA Colorado will provide all the rest!

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Berkeley Park Tennis Courts, Denver, CO
Location Details: Join us on the tennis courts!

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