• Winthrop students win $1,000 for outdoor activities after logging in 187,000 minutes of outside time
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    Winthrop students win $1,000 for outdoor activities after logging in 187,000 minutes of outside time

    A student catches a ball thrown by physical education teacher Amanda Knowlton after the Teens To Trails grant was announced Tuesday at Winthrop Middle School. Students won the $1,000 award to purchase outdoor equipment after logging in more than 187,000 minutes of outside time. Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal WINTHROP — Middle school students assembled in the gymnasium this week for what they thought was for a dance and rock band performance. But as they saw their physical education teacher Amanda Knowlton open a bag of new dodgeballs, they had an idea why they were really brought to the gym. The Winthrop Middle Schoolers raised 187,461 minutes outside and were in the…

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  • Free admission, activities, new features during Outdoor Adventure Center reopening, Oct. 1-2
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    Free admission, activities, new features during Outdoor Adventure Center reopening, Oct. 1-2

    After a monthlong closure for annual maintenance, deep cleaning and addition of new features, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Adventure Center in Detroit will reopen Oct. 1. To celebrate the reopening, all guests can enjoy a weekend of free admission, special activities and a chance to check out the improvements – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2. Reopening weekend activities include: Community Open House and Native Plant Sale Saturday, Oct. 1, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn about exciting program offerings in the community, gather resources to make a backyard habitat at home, purchase native plants from local…

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  • Girls with Grit encourages women to explore Yakima Valley’s vast outdoor activities
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    Girls with Grit encourages women to explore Yakima Valley’s vast outdoor activities

    There’s something for all seasons. Sponsored by Yakima Valley Tourism YAKIMA, Wash. — If you’re going to get a lesson in the great outdoors, Rimrock Lake is the perfect classroom. “This lake is so special, it is breathtaking. It’s huge. You’re not going to even see all of it today, because it’s that big,” said Shannon Mahre. Mahre’s been an athlete all her life. But it’s sharing her love of outdoor activities with other women that led her to create classes called, Girls with Grit. “Coaching, it definitely brings an aspect to my life that nothing else does. And so, I decided to start coaching all the sports that I…

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  • Schools in high temperature areas warned to cancel outdoor activities
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    Schools in high temperature areas warned to cancel outdoor activities

    Schools in high temperature areas warned to cancel outdoor activities | EdSource Education Beat Podcast — Can we axe remedial classes? — Listen Now! The California Department of Public Health issued guidance to schools Tuesday cautioning them to cancel all outdoor and un-air-conditioned indoor sports if temperatures in their region put them at levels of high or very high risk, according to the National Weather Service HeatRisk forecast. Today a third of the state is at the very high-risk level of the forecast, with a small portion in the high-risk level. Schools in these areas should cancel outdoor activities during the heat…

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  • How SF Bay Area algae bloom is impacting water sports, activities
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    How SF Bay Area algae bloom is impacting water sports, activities

    Water sport groups who use the San Francisco Bay for recreation classes said they’ve seen a spike in cancellations last month, likely as a result of the harmful algae bloom spreading across the region. While rowing and similar water sports does not require people to intentionally enter the water, participants often get splashed or can accidentally fall in. Water sports groups have been trying to keep up with the latest news on the blooms and telling customers that this specific algae isn’t known to be harmful to humans. Andrew O’Brien, president of the Lake Merritt Rowing Club, told The Chronicle he has received emails from several concerned members in the…

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  • School districts in the valley make modifications to outdoor activities during extreme heat
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    School districts in the valley make modifications to outdoor activities during extreme heat

    During times of High Heat, the Palm Springs School District has a plan for all staff and students when creating outdoor physical activity. Activities like recess, physical education classes, field trips, fine outdoor art, and athletic practices and competitions are all considered when creating instruction when heat warnings are implemented. “Drinking water will be easily accessible during periods of outdoor activity,” says PSUSD officials. When the Heat Index reaches CATEGORY II – High Heat or above: (See Heat Index) The District Office will communicate activity limitations to the Principal Each school shall determine a Heat Advisory Communication protocol for the site. Coaches, Employees, and other activity staff shall inform the…

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