Across the country (and globe!), there is a movement spreading to connect the next generation — the wired generation — with nature. Jolted awake by Last Child In The Woods. people are working to create balance in the lives of the next generation and to instill a love of nature that will carry into adulthood.
From parents making the choice to limit screen time and get their children outside, to educators creating school gardens, to politicians working on legislation at the state and national level. This is a multi-layered, top-down and bottom-up movement that is as important to the planet as it is to the lives of the children involved.
Key players in the movement are the dedicated parks and wildlife refuge staff that work to not only preserve and interpret our public lands, but to spark the curiosity about, and love of nature in others, especially children.
The video below is a great example of some of the work going on at the stunning Rocky Mountain National Park. This is just one example — there are many, many others.
Are you a part of the movement? If not, WHY not? Get involved — whether it’s making time in your own life to get your family outside, volunteering at a local park, or attending a zoning meeting on development plans in your community. Join the movement to help connect kids — and yourself — with nature.
After all, this blog is about restoring childhood, and saving ourselves in the process.
See ya outside! ~ The Grass Stain Guru