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Nature Deficit Disorder

You Can't Love the Planet if You're Not Outside Enjoying It

Jordan Lloyd Bookey | Posted 07.02.2014 | Parents
Jordan Lloyd Bookey

Many kids are spending too much time indoors (likely in front of a screen) and not enough time outside. Wherever you are this summer, remember to get outside to connect with nature... and your kids!

Finding Common Ground Outdoors

Michael Brune | Posted 05.24.2014 | Green
Michael Brune

Spending time outdoors can be personally healing, but it's also something that can bring people together, regardless of differing backgrounds, political beliefs, or experience.

Decline of the Biology Nerds?

Nessa Carey | Posted 10.23.2013 | Science
Nessa Carey

Where will the next generation of biology nerds come from? Practically every biologist I know started out as a kid who looked at creatures they found in gardens and rock pools, in parks and dark corners.

The Yoga of Ecology at Bluestone Farm (PHOTOS)

Chris Fici | Posted 09.08.2013 | Green
Chris Fici

Having been a practitioner in the bhakti-yoga community for nearly a decade now, I have come to understand that the values of yoga, values that connect us, that yolk us, to the Divine are values that inherently create ecologically-sound lifestyles and communities.

Going On A Techno-Fast: A Break From The Digital World

Richard Louv | Posted 04.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Richard Louv

Nature time can bring us back to our senses. But unplugging the power strip doesn't always come naturally, even for those of us who, by nature, love nature. It requires a conscious act and a change of scenery.

Restoring Peace: 6 Ways Nature in Our Lives Can Reduce the Violence in Our World

Richard Louv | Posted 03.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Richard Louv

Here are six reasons why meaningful relationships with nature may -- in concert with other approaches -- bolster mental health and civility and reduce human violence in our world.

Interactive History Parks Across The US

Malerie Yolen-Cohen | Posted 09.07.2012 | Travel
Malerie Yolen-Cohen

Last year, as I drove across the country on its longest contiguous highway, US Route 6, I came across what I consider the best attractions where kids (and our inner children), can get dirty, run around and commune with nature.

Experience The Great Outdoors -- Without Leaving The City

Posted 01.07.2012 | Healthy Living

By Matthew D. Della Porta For YouBeauty On the third day of my bachelor party camping trip in the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York, someth...

What The City Could Be Doing To A Child's Psyche

Maureen K. Calamia | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Maureen K. Calamia

Many parents that I speak to have a level of disconnection with nature, some bordering on Nature Deficit Disorder, or NDD, a term coined by journalist Richard Louv to describe the lack of nature experience among today's youth.

The Kids Are All Right

M. Sanjayan | Posted 11.16.2011 | Green
M. Sanjayan

Given that most East Coasters live just a couple of hours' drive from great national parks and the Atlantic coast, this paucity of nature in our children's lives is hard to understand and harder still to accept.

4th of July in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Millie Kerr | Posted 08.31.2011 | Travel
Millie Kerr

They say that home is where the heart is. Mine belongs in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, to this cottage, which is currently primed for an epic 4th of July celebration.

All Hail the Seed Bomb: Healing Nature Deficit Disorder One Gooey Ball at a Time

Celia Alario | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Celia Alario

On a recent visit to Los Angeles I was overjoyed at the creativity, ingenuity, business savvy and pure chutzpah of a green service project presented on the streets -- called Seed Bombs.

At the Intersection of Avatar and Earth Day

Michelle Howard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michelle Howard

If James Cameron, leverages his high visibility by becoming an environmental activist and leader, he'll have one more thing in common with Gaylord Nelson. And that would be good.

Growing Movement to Get Kids Outdoors Includes Where the Wild Things Are

Deanna Neil | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Deanna Neil

We want to get kids outside, but who should lead the way: teachers, parents or kids themselves? Deciding the best approach for reengaging kids with nature means knowing where the problem stems from.

Where the Wild Things Really Are

Darell Hammond | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Darell Hammond

In addition to great fun, outdoor play gives children the physical activity their growing bodies need, as well as the interaction that will help them to develop cognitive, social and emotional skills.

Gifts for the Sea

Julie Packard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Julie Packard

A half-century ago, Anne Morrow Lindbergh wrote Gifts from the Sea, bestseller in which she described what we as individuals can take away from our times of quiet reflection along the shore.

Learning, Naturally

Michelle Howard | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michelle Howard

Is it possible that all that time wandering around outside talking to myself had something to do with my aptitude at school? Boredom, which drove me outside, is an art lost to contemporary childhood.

Balancing Our Kids' Nature Deficit

Avital Andrews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Avital Andrews

How can you ensure that your children don't end up deprived of outdoor experiences? Here are four ideas for getting your kids away from the video games and out into nature instead.

We Need Nature to Stay Smart

Graham Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Graham Hill

While climate woes are real and we need to respond to them, there are other reasons to rethink how we now are in the world.

Nature-Deficit Disorder

Tabby Biddle | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tabby Biddle

The alternative to starving my soul of Mother Earth magic was to take the train from Grand Central up to Cold Spring and spend the day in the woods.

Five Simple Ways to Reconnect Your Children with Nature

Margaret Ryan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Margaret Ryan

Children don't play the way they used to and they are suffering for it. Some say, nature, or lack of it, is to blame.

The Real Cost of "Virtual" Nature

Brenda Scott Royce | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brenda Scott Royce

A zoo visit won't achieve the same level of impact as an African safari, but most of us, viewing elephants and other exotic animals in their ever-shrinking native habitat is not possible.

Illinois Governor Closes 11 State Parks

Pamela Todd | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Pamela Todd

On November 30, the State of Illinois will lock the gates to 12 state parks and 13 historic sites. If you try to get in, you could be arrested for trespassing . . . on public lands you've been supporting with your tax dollars all these years.