Sunday, February 7, 2010

nature rocks

I recently read the book "Last Child in the Woods" by Richard Louv and I can't stop thinking about it. Jared and I feel like we do a decent job giving our kids unstructured, free play time in nature, but this book made me want to do so much more. I can't get over the stats on kids and screen time and the research on kids in nature is really moving. There are so many reasons to be concerned and active in getting our families outside. I always knew it was a good idea to make my kids play outside everyday, but now that I know WHY, I am really motivated. I have all these ideas rolling around in my head about how I can join this movement to get our kids reconnected with nature. For now, I thought I would start here, and share a few links to check out. And, if you are even slightly interested, check out Last Child in the Woods from the library. It isn't a short book, but worth a little skimming to get the meat of his message. has tons of great info. Lots of research you can check out. I love the idea of family nature clubs - plug in your zip code to see if anyone has started one in your area. Or, download their how-to guide and start one yourself - anyone in my neck of the woods interested? While you are there check out the blog, Field Notes from the Future, by the author of the book I read.

And this one I found in the American Girl catalog (a girl can still dream!). The doll for 2010 is a nature gal and AG partnered with National Wildlife Federation's Be Out There campaign for this new doll. They have great stuff on their website, I love the Green Hour idea and these quick facts are great -

And - great slogan, huh?

Join me in my new quest? We could all use a little more time staring up at the clouds & digging in the dirt, right?


Allen Family said...

i love this post! and i need to read this book! i was reminded of great times hiking calf creek falls, exploring bryce canyon and looking at the stars in the clear skies of teeny tiny towns! wish we could vacation with the pelos again!!!!

Jennifer said...

So sad and so true. I hope that you are enjoying all the nature that has been falling on your house lately. What's the real answer? Is it living on a lot of land so you can just let your kids run wild. Fear and guilt just rule the mother's world a lot of times. Fear that something will happen if I am not supervising them at all times and guilt if anything were to happen when I wasn't watching them.

Mychael-Ann said...

One of the things I liked about his book so much was that I realized it doesn't take anything grand to accomplish connecting your kids with nature. Plant a garden with them in the backyard or go for walks and notice the native birds & plants. Just small changes with what we do with our free time. The safety issue is interesting too. There is another book - Free Range Kids - I want to read on that topic. Written by the mom in NYC who let her young son ride the subway alone and wrote an article about it. People went crazy about it - either loved her approach or wanted to call CPS. Interesting world we live in.

Melin said...

the Donner party lived in nature and we all know what happened to them...;-) I am all for this idea, in fact I have a hair brained idea that if it doesn't pan out them I am going to be looking more into your links...thanks for the thoughts.

Camilla said...

Thanks for the facts and ideas. I, too, want to be more motivated.

peter said...

This is a little late, but I'm slow on reading blogs sometimes. Sorry.

I'm glad you recommended this book, I actually read it when you posted it on goodreads and I loved it. I felt like a great mom yesterday when we were on a walk and we stopped at a park without any toys and the kids spent a half hour picking dandylions and laying on the grass looking up at the clouds.

And I was just going to suggest reading Freerange Kids, but you already have it on your list. The mom does a great job of giving statistics that back up her theories and why we should, within reason, let our kids be more independent and not be so scared.

It sounds like you guys are having a lot of fun. Can you believe the second year of residency is almost over?