Some of my earliest memories are of the Texas outdoors.
In Midland, my first playgrounds were vacant lots covered with mesquite trees. In the summers, I would travel west, to visit my grandparents on the outskirts of El Paso, gazing out upon the Rio Grande River and the Franklin Mountains, surrounded by the searing desert light and heat, or take family trips to swim at Balmorhea or to the Gulf of Mexico at Galveston.
But increasingly today, the Texas outdoors is being lost to our children.
Nature and the natural world are like a foreign language to many of today's kids, in Texas and around the nation. An elementary school child now spends less time outdoors than any generation in human history — 50 percent less time than kids did just 20 years ago. Time outside has been replaced by time indoors, and …
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