In this Issue: DeSoto County Gets Comprehensive Resources Plan
50 for the 50th – Wilderness Act Celebrates 50th anniversary
Tips to Know Before You Develop Land
Creative Kids Camp
Mississippi’s Adult Obesity Rate Tops 35%
Kids Camp 2014
The HIA provides the Mid-South region with recommendations for ensuring the final Greenprint plan has the greatest positive impact on public health throughout the region The study and Executive Summary can be found on the web at http://www.midsouthgreenprint.org/hia.
Health Impact Assessment is typically used to enhance policies in non-health sectors, such as parks and recreation, transportation, land use planning, and economic and community development. HIA has evolved from the awareness that many projects, policies, and initiatives which have no explicit health goals nonetheless impact the health of the population, and as such, decisions regarding these actions should be informed about these potential health impacts in a constructive and actionable way.
DeSoto County Greenways were one of several guest educators at this year’s Creative Kids Camp hosted by the DeSoto Arts Council in July. Located at the Banks House on West Commerce Street in Hernando, Larry Jarrett, Greenways Director and Natalie Bright, Greenways Event Coordinator, were on hand to talk to 40 jr artist about art in nature.
On June 9th-13th, “Doing My Part One Step at a Time” was this year’s theme to the first Kids Conservation Camp, hosted by DeSoto County Greenways & DeSoto County Soil and Water Conservation District. Arkabutla Lake was the setting for the week long camp that educated 52 campers in grades 1st-5th. With the hard work of 28 volunteers and support from the community the kids were able to learn about conservation in a fun and creative way each day.
Save the Date!
Eagle Fest 2014MS Wildlife Rehab logo
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Arkabutla Lake/Dub Patton Area
This fall will host Eagle Fest 2014, slated as a family friendly event to showcase one of our great natural resources – wildlife. The Fest will be held in a profoundly natural and scenic setting, showcasing a variety of interactive exhibits which will highlight imaginative ways to teach children (and adults) of all ag…es the fundamentals of caring for and enjoying nature.
In this Issue: Mississippi’s Creative Economy
Regional Survey Kicks off Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan Update
County Approves Permit System for Hernando DeSoto River Park
Volunteers Needed for DeSoto Greenways and Parks 2014 Kids Outdoor Conservation Camp
Greenways and Parks: Creating Sustainable Communities
Heart Healthy 5k and Fun Walk
Planning Underway for Great Outdoors Month
It was the kid with the rocks that finally did it for Matthew Browning.
Browning was a ranger at Mount Mitchell State Park in North Carolina, and along with the other rangers he had been trained to give a little speech to children caught picking flowers, pocketing shells, or trying to make off with rocks. He explains it like this: “You are supposed to calmly kneel down and say, ‘I saw you picking the flower. That is so pretty! Now think about what would happen if every child picked a flower.’ And then they are supposed to have this moment of guilt.”