Connect to Nature

More and more kids are using mobile devices. By 'digitizing the outdoors,' it may be possible to harness that trend and connect more people to nature. (flickr | gnta)

Digitizing the Outdoors: Can Gaming be the Gateway to Nature?

Children today are spending alarming amounts of their time indoors and in front of screens—7.5 hours per day on electronic devices. Research suggests that ADHD and other behavioral issues are …

(flickr | Jonf728)

Children and Nature: What We Know, What We Are Learning & What We Need To Do

My colleagues and I here at Texas A&M University, along with researchers at the University of Tennessee and the National Forest Service, have been collaborating over the last few years to develop and conduct studies to increase our understanding of that relationship.

It's important for parents to instill a love of the outdoors early in their kids' lives (flickr | dmhergert)

Study: Many Young Kids’ Parents Don’t Take Them Outside

It’s truly spring—though a bit too warm—when a kid’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of running around outside. Unfortunately, many young children may not be getting the chance, per a …

The author, her mother and her grandfather.

Back to Our Roots: Connecting to the Outdoors Connects Me to Family

The brisk chill of the early mornings in Washington, D.C. before the city becomes occupied by thousands of footprints, beeping horns, and the air is tainted with smoke and smog …

Me frolicking with a monster, as depicted in a wall painting in Saskatoon, SK, Canada (Wikimedia Commons via flickr | Scott Woods-Fehr)

Study: Children’s Books Are No Longer Where the Wild Things…

Is this the message Congress is sending to kids? (flickr | annshi)

House Transportation Bill Would Defund Programs to Help Kids Walk…

Glacier National Park in Montana (flickr | Meredith Rendall Photography)

National Parks Can Help Make America’s Kids Healthier…and That Helps…

Swallow Falls State Park in Garrett County, MD (flickr | cseeman)

Gov. O’Malley’s Proposed Maryland Budget Makes the Case for Connecting Kids to Nature

My Terps are going through a rough patch, but there’s one area where Maryland has proven a great leader—its attention to kids’ outdoor activity and environmental literacy. Maryland Governor Martin …

Photo: Michael Devlin

Study: Kids in Green Neighborhoods Play Outside More

Sometimes it takes academia a while to catch up with things we ‘know’ at a gut level. Case in point: a recent study published in the International Journal of Health …

Children in mountains

Wilderness Therapy Uses Nature to Help People Heal

Many of us have stories about taking  solace in nature’s simple beauty, but few realize just how crucial a lifeline it can be. Take the story of 24-year-old Gwen Miller …

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