Physical fitness and heightened sensory perception sharpen mental skills, spark the imagination, and boost academic achievement.  


                                      Fiddlesticks audio illustrations
More people choose walking for exercise over any other athletic activity; it's an easy life skill to adapt.  For children, afterschool exercise in the form of supervised walking is the road to adventure, along which students can experience nature, discover local history, and make friends.  Outdoor activity reduces childhood obesity, depression, and stress disorders.  It also improves cognitive ability.  Numerous studies prove sound health and a well-nurtured spirit promote higher test scores and academic excellence.




                                ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
Private sector jobs relating to the environment will present many opportunities to lead Rhode Island’s economic growth over the next 30 years.  Furthermore, environmental health and human health are tightly interconnected.  Afterschool programs can establish the educational groundwork for these jobs, because the best way to teach about the environment is to immerse students into their environment. When the school bell rings at the end of the day, this is the ideal time for kids to go out and explore. COZ Educator Wendy Nadherny Fachon offers the experience, guidance, and materials to help make this happen.
Wendy leads environmental walking clubs for COZ afterschool programs in Pawtucket and North Kingstown.  Her NETWALKING and STORYWALKER programs  engage, entertain, and educate. Stories help students remember material, and stories impart values.  Wendy's stories are offered in print, audio, and online formats, to provide youth leaders and club supervisors with a springboard for daily discussion and exploratory activities involving nature, environmental and life science, living history, financial literacy, music, drama, and applied art and technology.  Some of her stories are available for listening on this website.

Wendy Nadherny Fachon is the founder of Rhode Island Netwalking and the creator of Storywalker.  She is dedicated to delivering Storywalker to after- school enrichment programs and to help schools set-up effective walking clubs.

To learn more, please send Wendy an email and tell her something about your school/program and what you are looking for.


                                        Wendy Nadherny Fachon
                                        P.O. Box 2221
                                        East Greenwich, RI  02818

                                        401 884-1559

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