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Let Kids Run Wild in the Woods

Slate – May 25, 2014
By Emma Marris

Let Kids Run Wild in the Woods It was the kid with the rocks that finally did it for Matthew Browning. Browning was a ranger at Mount Mitchell State Park in North Carolina, and along with the other rangers he had been trained to give a little speech to children caught picking flowers, pocketing shells, or trying to make off with rocks. He explains it like this: “You are supposed to calmly kneel down and say, ‘I saw you picking the flower. That is so pretty! Now think about what would happen if every child picked a flower.’ And then they are supposed to have this moment…
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