Beyond the Headlines

Show topic: Nature Deficit Disorder

August 8, 2010
Nature Deficit Disorder
Hosted by ABC7's Cheryl Jennings

This week's episode of "Beyond the Headlines" talks about a relatively new issue facing out children and teens -- it's called "Nature Deficit Disorder." It's a term developed by Richard Louv in his 2005 book, Last Child In The Woods to discuss the fact that children are spending less and less time outdoors, leading to a wide range of behavioral problems as a result.

This movement to connect children with nature has a strong foothold here in the Bay Area, and there's a wide range of groups, programs, and communities developed to help children -- and families in general -- reconnect to Mother Nature. Today we'll introduce you to several of these groups and provide you with ideas on how you can help get your kids active in the outdoors.

Studio Guests:

Rue Mapp
Founder, Outdoor Afro
Partner, Children In Nature Collaborative

Roger Miller
Bay Area Wilderness Training

Michele Gee
Deputy Director, Crissy Field Center
**To make a reservation at the Rob Hill Group campground in the Presidio, call 415.561.5444.

Eron Sandler
Program Director, Collective Roots

Additional Information
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Children & Nature Network

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