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  • Getting Lost in the Great Indoors

    06/20/2007 3:00:42 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 189+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Tuesday, June 19, 2007 | Donna St. George
    Linda Pelzman appreciates the beauty of the outdoor world, sometimes pulling her children into the yard to gaze at a full moon or peer into a dense fog. An educator and founder of a summer camp, she only wishes her enthusiasm was fully shared. "Kids don't think about going outside like they used to, and unless there is some scheduled activity, I don't think they know what to do outdoors anymore," Pelzman said. "I'm not saying that a child who grows up without nature is going to have terrible problems," Louv said, "but if you look at the studies that...
  • What Does The Decline In Hunting Mean For America's Kids?

    06/19/2007 10:07:24 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 6 replies · 465+ views
    Field and Stream ^ | June 18, 2007 | Bill Heavey
    What Does The Decline In Hunting Mean For America's Kids? http://fieldandstream.blogs.com/news/2007/06/what_does_the_d.html http://tinyurl.com/2azh4n June 18, 2007 “I like to play indoors better,” a fourth grader told Richard Louv, “because that’s where the electrical outlets are.” In his bestselling 2005 book, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, journalist and author Louv argues that never before has a generation of children been so separated from the natural world. The consequences, he says, can be seen in trends such as increases in obesity, stress, and psychiatric disorders among our kids. With the declining number of outdoorsmen indicated by the...
  • Nature calls even without cell phones

    05/23/2007 8:23:40 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 166+ views
    The Sentinel ^ | May 23, 2007 | Anon
    Nature calls even without cell phones http://www.cumberlink.com/articles/2007/05/23/editorial/editorial/daily876.txt http://tinyurl.com/3dmegu By The Sentinel, May 23, 2007 Last updated: Wednesday, May 23, 2007 11:16 AM EDT One of the drawbacks of the highly technological society we've created is the sedentary lifestyle it has inspired. When so much of your information gathering, communication and entertainment is centered around staring into a screen - not to mention the vast majority of most people's work duties - the amount of time we spend mostly motionless adds up quickly. Naturally, we're teaching this new non-active lifestyle to our children, whether intentionally or not. Look at all the...
  • Go outside and play

    09/15/2006 8:03:06 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 2 replies · 364+ views
    Plain Dealer ^ | Friday, September 15, 2006 | Susan Glaser
    Go outside and playhttp://www.cleveland.com/living/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/living/1158309564312510.xml&coll=2 http://tinyurl.com/pg6bd That's the advice nature educators have for increasingly reined-in kids and their very protective parents Friday, September 15, 2006 Susan Glaser Plain Dealer Reporter When Steve Cadwell was a kid, he had the North Chagrin Reservation in his back yard, and he used to disappear for hours. "My mom said, 'Go outside, and don't come back until the streetlights are on,' " said Cadwell, 47, now executive director of the Nature Center of Shaker Lakes. Rare is the mother who issues that directive these days. Thanks to everything from fears about stranger danger to video...
  • Nature-deficit disorder is ruining our kids

    08/18/2006 11:46:51 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 8 replies · 427+ views
    Nevada Appeal ^ | August 16, 2006 | Jim Stiles
    Nature-deficit disorder is ruining our kidshttp://www.nevadaappeal.com/article/20060816/OPINION/108160053 http://tinyurl.com/zchy3 by jim stiles August 16, 2006 No matter how old I live to be, there will never be a place so full of mystery and adventure as a place of my childhood called The Woods. The stories that grew out of those trees still kindle powerful feelings, even after all these years. My friends and I knew the place was haunted. It had no boundaries, and in our 10-year-old minds, it went on forever. Jump ahead a few decades to a familiar topic: the commercialization of wilderness. What created the demand for such...
  • A disconnect at camp

    08/07/2006 6:49:05 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 1 replies · 286+ views
    Toronto Star ^ | Aug. 5, 2006 | FRANCINE KOPUN
    A disconnect at camphttp://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1154728213922&call_pageid=970599119419 http://tinyurl.com/mb4ox Kids are OK with new no-cellphone rules, but not so for some of their parents Aug. 5, 2006. 01:00 AM FRANCINE KOPUN FEATURE WRITER Ali Goodwill, 14, spends three hours a night on her cellphone. "I usually have to gossip with my best friends, and I just talk with random people for another hour. ... I love my cellphone so much. ... It's my baby." So you would think there would have been tears, tantrums, perhaps a smuggling incident, when the Grade 9 student was asked to hand over the phone at the gates of...
  • Words are good for kids

    07/30/2006 7:48:09 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 150+ views
    Waterbury Republican American ^ | Sunday, July 30, 2006 | Tracey O'Shaughnessy
    Words are good for kidshttp://www.rep-am.com/story.php?id=10444 Sunday, July 30, 2006 The other night I was telling my son a story about my tree fort. I hadn't thought about the place in years. But every time I give my son P.J. a bath, I'm flooded with the memory of the place. The scent of Johnson & Johnson shampoo sends me back to my childhood, when my mother used to bathe us in Tide. Yes, Tide, the abrasive laundry detergent with the little aqua grains. It sounds punishing, but the truth is, my mother had little choice. By the time my brothers and...