Research shows that kids are spending an average of 7 hours 38 minutes per day connected to technology, while only spending an average of 7 minutes per day in unstructured play. While kids are engaged in organized sports, there isn’t a lot of time spent outside connecting with the natural world. “Nature deficit” is creating a generation of kids who recognize more corporate logos than animals in their own backyard. “One of the greatest threats to wildlife is a generation of children entirely disconnected from nature,” said Tony Caligiuri, mid-Atlantic regional executive director for the National Wildlife Federation. “The Great American Backyard Campout provides a simple, inexpensive way for families to have fun, while rediscovering the great outdoors.” National Wildlife Federation’s Be Out There campaign addresses the “indoor child” problem. The Great American Backyard Campout is one of the campaign’s signature events. It takes place on June 25th and encourages families to camp out. Details of the event can be found at www.backyardcampout.org.
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