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Cincinnati Nature Center Opens PlayScape

Cincinnati Nature Center Opens PlayScape
UNION TWP. - A big pile of dirt beckoned.

Dominique Compton, 12, Shane Kongo, 7, and J.D. Marshall, 6, couldn't resist - and at Cincinnati Nature Center's new Marge and Charles Schott Nature PlayScape in Clermont County, they didn't have to.

Soon they were stomping on the pile and rolling in it as J.D.'s father, John Marshall of Bethel, watched.

"When I was little, I was out on stuff like this 10 hours a day," he said.

But times have changed. Kids today spend most of their time indoors because of TV, video games and parental fears of letting children go outside unattended. As a result, they suffer what author Richard Louv calls "nature deficit," which research has linked to increases in childhood obesity, attention disorders and depression.

In his best-selling book "Last Child in the …
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