EPA Video Explores the Value of Urban Wetlands

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“Wetlands and Wonder: Reconnecting Children with Nearby Nature” explores the value of urban wetland ecosystems

DENVER, October 21, 2008 – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has produced a 12- minute video, “Wetlands and Wonder,” that makes a passionate case for protecting urban wetlands as places to experience nature.

The film focuses on urban and suburban wetlands as valuable resources to be restored, protected and enjoyed. These places, often the only remnants of the natural world in developed areas, can play a key role in connecting people to nearby nature—thereby improving the health of our children and our communities.

As more Americans dwell in cities and suburbs, our society becomes increasingly distanced from the natural world. This absence of everyday connections to nature has negative effects—especially for children.

Wetlands can offer a solution to this problem. Pockets of remaining wetlands in developed areas often provide immediate and easy access to nature. Yet these wetlands may be threatened or degraded, and often go unnoticed.

The video was produced by Darcy Campbell of EPA, Gene Reetz, a former EPA wetlands expert, and ECOS Communications with Tamarack Media. The video features interviews with Julia McCarthy, Joan Almon, Richard Louv, and Robert Michael Pyle.

For additional copies of the DVD, contact the National Service Center for Environmental Publications at 800-490-9198 or go to

For additional information visit the EPA web site

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