My work as director of St. Joseph County Parks gives me an opportunity to interact not only with nature,
but with other people who appreciate and care for the environment. It's a great pleasure to share their
stories through the Outdoor Elements partnership with WNIT Public Television.
If you've watched the show,
you know I close every show with the message: Remember, you can find your own Outdoor Elements when you
visit area parks and nature centers. That is my most important word of advice. As our society becomes more
reliant on technology, we are losing our connections to nature. When I was a kid, I made a beeline for
the field behind our house after school. I played for hours in the weeds and wildflowers. Today, children
rarely have those experiences; yet, studies show that children who play outdoors grow up to be healthier
adults. And adults who are ill feel better when exposed even to views of the outdoors. So after watching
Outdoor Elements, turn off the TV, and "Go Take a Hike."
There's lots of nature to enjoy and explore in
Michiana! And if you find something interesting, or have a nature story to share, send me an email. I'd
love to hear from you!
Evelyn Kirkwood, CIT, CIM, CIG
Director, retired, St. Joseph County Parks
Celebrating 40 Years of Outdoor Family Fun!