Words from the founder of the Children and Nature Network:
"Children aren’t playing outside much anymore– not even in the backyard or neighborhood
park. This change in our relationship with nature has profound implications for the mental, physical, and spiritual health
of future generations– and for the health of the natural world.
"Young people need opportunities to experience and learn from nature during their growing years in
order to become citizens and future decision makers who will take responsibility for the stewardship of Earth."- Richard Louv
While technology has done much to improve our lives, it has had a detrimental impact also. We have
fewer personal, fact-to-face interactions, spend far too much time with electronic machines, and far too little time with
nature and each other.
Take a hike! Invite others to join you, especially children (with their parents). Time in nature increases
children’s ability to focus, ups their academic performance, self esteem– and, of course, their physical and mental
health-- and yours too.
Leave no child inside.