Good Reads

Last Child in the Woods


 Richard Louv

Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder documents decreased exposure of children to nature in American society and how this “nature-deficit disorder” harms children and society. The book examines research and concludes that direct exposure to nature is essential for healthy childhood development and for the physical and emotional health of children and adults. The author also suggests solutions to the problems he describes.

Citation reference: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Bundle up and go outside


Emily H. Freeman

Opinion article about a great first step to raising intelligent stewards of the land could begin by establishing a relationship with the great outdoors early with outdoor preschools.

Author: Emily H. Freeman, a contributor to Writers on the Range, an opinion service of High Country News (, lives and writes in Missoula, Montana.

Why Naturalize Outdoor Learning Environments

NLI_LOGO2Childcare center naturalized outdoor learning environments (OLEs) stimulate the diversity of children’s play experience and contribute to their healthy development.

Benefits of Connecting Children with Nature: The Natural Learning Initiative

Source: NC State University, College of Design

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Remember playing outside until mom called you in for dinner? Today’s kids probably won’t.


Read this Health Benefits Article by the National Wildlife Federation

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