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This Saturday Camp Pendleton is expected to play host to as many as 5,000 from military and veteran families for the 17th annual Kids First Fair, an event where children “will explore nature [and] learn outdoor skills.”

The event is sponsored by Marine Corps Family Services and features activities organized in collaboration with San Diego Children and Nature Collaborative, the Sierra Club, the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, Family Adventures in Nature, and Mission Trails Regional Park.

Features include a “Loose Parts Nature Play,” where kids will have access to bamboo poles, palm fronds, cardboard boxes, and other materials to construct their own temporary play structures while parents learn how to provide access to creativity-encouraging play environments at home.

“When children connect with nature, they also tend to connect with each other, their families and the community as they learn that they are part of something bigger than themselves,” says Anne Fage, co-founder and chair of the Children and Nature Collaborative.

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