Spending time close to nature, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, can be a positive change for anyone, but it is particularly beneficial to children whose contact with nature is becoming all the less frequent. In Bioporos organic farm, it is always a great pleasure to welcome kids in the farm. Some city kids have very few, if any, authentic nature experiences. Introducing them to farm life can be not only fun but also highly educational. And what better place to do so than the unspoiled environment of Lake Korission, a Natura 2000 protected site.
The change of scenery itself can be extremely good for a young kid. They get to breathe the fresh air of the countryside and have plenty of open space to play and exercise. And running around freely in these vast spaces, with no need to mind the traffic, is not something that most kids who grow up in the city experience too often. It is amazing to see how kids adapt to the countryside, feeling as if they have finally found their natural environment. In Bioporos kids can engage in a number of activities that will keep them from getting bored and give them the chance to release their youthful energy.
On the farm the kids also have the chance to approach animals that they may have never seen up close before. They are invited to come close and cuddle our donkey, our horse and goats, get close to the chickens and, of course, our cats and dogs. This experience teaches them to not be afraid of animals, be gentle with them and respect these creatures. In Bioporos, kids can also watch birds and other rare species that can be found in Lake Korission and, if you are lucky, you may have the exciting opportunity to see some flamingos as they stop by in their long journey. Same goes not only for animals but also for plants, as the area’s flora is extremely rich.
And we are sure your kids will love star gazing. This is something even adults may have never experienced in an urban environment, but the crystal clear skies of the countryside offer the chance to do so now.
The most important thing is that spending time on the farm can shape your kid’s future habits as well. Coming here they experience plain rustic life with everything this implies; healthy eating, consuming local organic produce, getting a closer look to how our food is grown. Seeing all this can result in them adopting a more conscious lifestyle in the future, as they realize each and every one of our actions has an impact on the environment, something rather easy to forget if one is used to living in an urban setting, completely detached from nature. And the positive habits they acquire now can turn out to accompany them for a lifetime.
So bring your kids along and while you are casting of the noise of the city from your minds, let them get their hands dirty and experience rural life to the fullest. Don’t be surprised if they ask you to come back to the farm every year!