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Little Explorers: Connecting Your Family To The Outdoors


Join the African American History and Culture Museum for Family Day in partnership with Outdoor Afro to celebrate the outdoors and get your family moving together.

11:00am-12:00pm Panel Discussion

Local advocates will engage in a conversation that highlights the importance of play for young children’s development and explores methods to do that in the outdoors. Panelists will share personal experiences and best practices around exploring the DC area together as a family, contextualizing the history of African Americans’ relationship to outdoor spaces and empowering families of color to fully explore and enjoy public lands. This program will be an opportunity for caregivers to get outside and explore with their preschoolers and early-elementary children for the first time, or expand their regular adventures outdoors and gather new ideas together. Boxed lunches will be provided to participants. Advance registration required for this lecture.

12:00pm-1:00pm Picnic
Bring-your-own picnic to the National Mall between 14th and 15th Streets and enjoy the fall weather.

1:00pm-3:00pm Activities
Regional leaders from Outdoor Afro will lead activity stations for families to explore together. Learn how to spot local birds, try out the obstacle course, and connect your family and community to the outdoors.

This program is free and open to the public.