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A DOZEN WAYS FAMILIES CAN #OPTOUTSIDE EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR

In 2015, the leaders of the retail outdoor equipment Co-op REI made a big decision. They closed their doors on Black Friday, the biggest day in the global retail calendar. Instead, they encouraged their 12,000 employees to Opt Outside (#OptOutside), to reconnect with...

NATURE SENSE: Tuning into Nature’s Operating Manual

Twenty-one years ago I sat at the base of a sugar maple tree. Both of us were bursting. The tree heavy with her seeds and me with a growing womb.  I felt respect for the maple and her innate sense of how and when to shed her perfectly designed helicopter seeds. They...

Study Uncovers Troubling Rise in Screen Time Among Rural Youth

According to a new study in the journal “Environment and Behavior,” rural children are spending more time in front of screens than in nature. The researchers surveyed 543 sixth- to eighth-grade students across rural South Carolina. According to the survey, screen time was higher than outdoor time for almost every demographic group that the researchers examined. Students who reported increased screen time tended to also report lower levels of connectedness to nature.

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Snowball Ban Overturned in Colorado Town After Request From 9-year-old Boy

A nine-year-old boy in Severance, Colorado convinced his town’s board to overturn a long-held ban on snowball fights by citing the benefits of the outdoors to children. Dane Best told the board that today’s kids need reasons to play outside and that research suggests that a lack of exposure to the outdoors can lead to obesity, ADHD, anxiety and depression. Speaking in front of a crowd of residents and media, Best told town trustees that because of the nearly 100-year-old ban, which classified snowballs as a type of missile, he couldn’t throw a snowball without worrying about breaking the law, or getting into trouble.

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