Nature Deficit

and What We can do about It


Saturday, February 29, 2020
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

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(Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families)

A Half-Day Workshop for Parents, Caregivers, Teachers, Administrators, Owners, and Directors

“The woods were my Ritalin. Nature calmed me, focused me, and yet excited my senses.”

- Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods

In this workshop, we will relate current research about children’s lifestyles and developmental challenges and examine "Nature Deficit" concepts as they relate to home, child care, and school life. We will compare children’s outdoor access and play over several recent decades and characterize some of the obstacles to connecting with nature that nearly everyone living in cities and towns face today.

Rather than the blame game – of school and center administrators, or of teachers, parents and caregivers – there is great hope and there are simple solutions! Using participants’ real-life scenarios, we will identify behaviors, health, and learning issues that may be connected to "Nature Deficit" and devise simple and do-able improvements in children’s schedules. By the end of the workshop, all participants should be able to explain the major drawbacks of limiting children’s free play outdoors and illustrate steps that can move any child from "all day inside" to a schedule that includes time in nature.

feedback from attendees

"I thought the appendix information was interesting, especially about adolescents living in urbanized areas"

Everyone caring for children — no matter whether in a home-based or institutional setting, urban or suburban, academic or play-based — can be part of the "New Nature" movement!

Let’s talk about why
watching insects outdoors
is preferable to watching
a documentary!

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