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Oconomowoc Community 30x30 Nature Challenge

The WI Green Building Alliance is challenging people across Wisconsin to spend 30 minutes a day in nature for 30 days.  Unplug from your cell phone, tablet, e-readers and all electronic devices and connect with the natural world around you for 30 minutes a day. 

A group of business and community leaders came together in Oconomowoc and decided to participate in the 30x30 Nature Challenge. The Oconomowoc area challenge is being sponsored by:  Annie Haas Communications Consulting, City of Oconomowoc, Compass Point Consulting, Evolution Marketing, First Bank Financial Centre, Greener Oconomowoc, Oconomowoc Area Chamber of Commerce and Waukesha County Parks.  The purpose of this blog is to share our experiences being in nature.

http://wgba.shuttlepod.org/challenge  - click here to sign up

Rain, rain go away. Or not.

Ginny Bocek, Waukesha County Park System – Retzer Nature Center:

Puddle Stomp, Puddle Stomp.  Stomp, Stomp … Puddle, Puddle.  That is now the little song stuck in my head, thanks to my four- year old.  At my house, rainy days mean excitement. I get to wear my rain boots and use my umbrella!  If only we, as adults, could be so enthusiastic about rainy days.  But shouldn’t we all do a little puddle stomping?  We are outside, we can get refreshed and rejuvenated.  And you know, stomping in a puddle sure takes the stress away.  Try it!  I did, and for the first time in a long time, I didn’t mind standing out in the rain waiting for the bus.  I also didn’t try to stop the four-year old from puddle stomping and I arrived at work with a uplifting feeling despite very gloomy weather. I don’t even know the official song, I just sang the important verse, “we all need a little rain sometimes” to feel refreshed and rejuvenated. Okay, so you don’t want wet feet for the rest of the day, but use those puddles to put a little jump in your step – it still works when avoiding the puddles. And take this rainy day to get out into nature, to look around at how flowers are soaking it all in.  Hey, you work hard on that garden, and you won’t have to water tonight! 

Above: The Adventure Trail at Retzer Nature Center. The kids had a great time in the rain! And as my son said, “You know what, Mom? I’m not getting that wet. I think those trees are blocking a lot of rain.”  Perfect, no excuses! So grab your umbrella, grab those rain boots and go sing Stomp, Stomp … Puddle, Puddle.

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