Armleder Scavenger Hunt

Mill Creek Water Testing

Programs that get kids moving safely through neighborhoods are integral to healthy communities and assist in connecting kids to nearby nature.  Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a national program designed to assess conditions and facilitate in improving them so students are able to safely walk and bike to school.  The program engages community partners in the process.  Here in Cincinnati, we are fortunate that Cincinnati Public Schools has a district-wide SRTS initiative which not only gets kids moving, but also reduces transportation costs and improves neighborhoods in the process.  In an effort to engage more students to participate in the program, community partners are offering periodic field trips and activities as an incentive.  In celebration of October’s National Walk to School Day, Leave No Child Inside connected the CPS Safe Routes to School project to Hamilton County Parks and the Mill Creek Restoration Project, both of whom hosted field trips for seven CPS schools.  At Mill Creek, elementary school students learned from Walnut Hills High School students, who were doing water quality testing at the site.  They also had an opportunity to explore the new Greenway Trail and gardens.  At Hamilton County’s Armeleder Park, students enjoyed a variety of outdoor activities, including a nature scavenger hunt, bird watching and bicycle safety classes.  Leave No Child Inside is proud to support CPS in its Safe Routes to School Program and grateful for partners like Hamiliton County Parks and Mill Creek Restoration Project.  Both proved that learning can be fun, as evidenced by the students’ smiling faces!