March 6, 2021

Are we spending too much time on our cellphones? Depending on the study, research shows that on average, Americans spend between 3 to 6 hours per day on their cell phones and check their phones up to 58 times daily. By comparison, children spend less than half that amount of time playing outdoors each day. While the capabilities smartphones provide are undeniable, studies have shown that having too dependent of a relationship with our smartphones can lead to an increase in anxiety, loneliness, and tiredness.

Alternatively, research shows that spending 120 minutes per week in nature or open space increases health and well-being. With children specifically, outside play can improve motor and sensory skills, contribute to cognitive and social/emotional development, increase attention spans, and stimulate happiness and better immunity.   

March 6 is National Day of Unplugging, which encourages everyone to take a break from technology for a 24-hour period to unwind, relax, and engage in things other than technology, electronics, and social media to appreciate the natural world.  Continuing Saturday, March 7th, we are offering a variety of unplugged programs providing opportunities to trade cellphones, television, and video games for outdoor recreation, social engagement, and personal discovery.

Whether with us or on your own…Unplug and find your outlet!

8:00-11:00am Paradise Falls Hike, Age 6+
Explore Wildwood Canyon as you hike to its treasured Paradise Falls, a 40-foot
cascading waterfall. Location: Wildwood Regional Park.

9:00-10:00am Introduction to Tai Chi, Age 16+
Unplug with meditation and movement in a beautiful park setting! Location: Conejo Creek North Park.

9:30-10:30am Yoga, Age 16+
Invigorate your body through a variety of poses in a beautiful outdoor setting. Start your day fresh and with renewed energy with a Yoga practice in the outdoors and fresh air. This yoga class is for everyone from beginner to more seasoned participants. Instructor will provide modifications for all levels  Location: Dos Vientos Community Park.

9:30-10:20am Goat Yoga, Age 16+
Unplug, stretch, and tone with help from some farm animal friends! Whether you are an experienced Yogi or a beginner, yoga while relaxing with goats will give you a whole new kind of zen. Goats are naturally curious… and they nibble! Don’t wear dangling jewelry. Tie back long hair. Bring a yoga mat or towel and a water bottle. Consider wearing a hat and applying sunscreen while enjoying the outdoors! Location: TBD.

1:00-3:00pm Paradise Falls Hike, Age 6+
Explore Wildwood Canyon as you hike to its treasured Paradise Falls, a 40-foot cascading waterfall. Location: Wildwood Regional Park.

1:30-3:00pm Succulent Potting and Design, Age 8+
Unplug, learn, and get creative while getting your hands dirty! Paint the pot, then plant a variety of succulents in it to take home. Location: Willowbend picnic area at Conejo Creek North Park.

UNPLUG SCAVENGER HUNT, All ages Participate in an outdoor Scavenger Hunt throughout the Conejo Valley, culminating at the Conejo Community Center where you can add what you Unplug for to the community art display, and pick-up a cell phone sleeping bag to remind you to Unplug (while supplies last.) Details on CRPD’s Facebook page in early March.

OPEN SKATE, All ages Grab your board; let’s skate! Meet and greet with Borchard Skatepark staff 12:30-1:30pm. Location: Borchard Skatepark.

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