Accumulating research reveals the necessity of contact with nature for child – and adult – development.
Not long ago, summer camp was a place where you camped, hiked in the woods, learned about plants and animals and told stories by the fireside. Today there is a good chance that summer camp is more about weight loss or computer camp.
Some studies today suggest that exposure of youngsters to nature can be a powerful form of therapy for attention deficit disorders and other maladies. One scientist even says that we can now assume that, just as children need good nutrition and adequate sleep, they may very well need contact with nature.
Reducing that nature deficit is in our self-interest in part because our mental, physical and spiritual health depends on it. The health of the earth is at stake as well. How the young respond to nature, and how they raise their own children, will shape the conditions of our communities, our very lives, going forward.
May 21, July 16, and Sept 17, 2016
Generation at Risk: Unplugging your grandchildren and connecting them with nature
In a digitally focused world, children are losing valuable relationship connections. The Generation at Risk program will teach you the secrets of how to get your kids and grandkids away from their digital distractions by providing activities that: Awaken all the senses, Teach effective storytelling so you can share your wisdom and family heritage, Develop a routine that makes nature a part of their lives.