Explore Hocking Hills has announced a new program designed to help families who are juggling remote classroom instruction with working from home and the tedium of ongoing COVID advisories.
The region’s official travel resource unveiled its new Mother Nature’s Classroom program, which offers parents a free learning packet featuring a magnifying glass, along with worksheets that spark nature-based learning. Designed by a certified nature educator, activities include hands-on science, math, observation, weather lessons along with the principals of “Leave No Trace” stewardship. Families can pick up their free Mother Nature’s Classroom packet at the Hocking Hills Regional Welcome Center, located at US 33 and SR 664 in Hocking County. Masks and distancing are required in the Welcome Center, as well as inside all area businesses and attractions.
Parents and remote workers can find A New Office View by visiting ExploreHockingHills.com to search for lodging and businesses that offer high-speed, broadband WiFi to allow parents and kids to get online for remote work and classroom requirements.
“We are so sympathetic to the many families who are struggling with day-to-day living as they try meet everyone’s needs during this pandemic,” said Explore Hocking Hills Executive Director Karen Raymore. “So, we’ve created this program to give them stunning change of scenery and a break. They can find new inspiration for work and learning with safe outdoor experiences and activities in the region’s many natural and hiking areas, including Hocking Hills State Park.”
Raymore added praise for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) leadership and staff for their creative approach to a challenging situation. Hocking Hills State Park was recently honored with the prestigious National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD) President’s Award for Innovation. It recognized the park’s new trail design, which implements social distancing guidelines and safety protocols as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The quick response by ODNR provided tremendous service to the public, for whom hiking and getting outdoors to experience nature’s beauty was a bright light during lockdowns and social distancing mandates,” Raymore said.
Rerouted trails, area cabins and other unique lodging are fully open to the public in Ohio’s Hocking Hills, offering a safe, restful and welcome change of scenery in the wake of COVID-19. Reservations, availability search and traveler tips are available at ExploreHockingHills.com or by calling 1-800-Hocking (800-462-5464).