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The Santa Cruz Sentinel – April 05, 2014
By Kris Beall and Dan Haifley

Leave No Child Inside

Kris Beall is a board member of Watsonville Wetlands Watch.
Dan Haifley is executive director of O'Neill Sea Odyssey.

The great outdoors — including those wetlands, ocean waters, forests and meadows that surround us — are the original classroom. The science, math and literacy that youth learn from textbooks inside classrooms is enhanced by outdoor learning. Author Richard Louv discussed this concept in his best-selling book "Last Child Left In The Woods," a part of his effort to combat what he calls a "nature deficit" among today's youth. When applied to education, the concept is simple: leave no child inside. Assemblyman Mark Stone has introduced legislation that would help get more youth outdoors to learn. Assembly Bill 1603 would…
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