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Nature Deficit Disorder

The New Nature Movement, After 11/8

Richard Louv | Posted 12.21.2016 | Green
Richard Louv

Politics can destroy the story, or our story can transcend politics.

7 Reasons for the New Nature Movement

Richard Louv | Posted 02.24.2016 | Green
Richard Louv

For decades, our culture has struggled with two addictions, to oil and to despair. It's pretty clear by now that we can't kick one of those habits without kicking the other.

Combating Nature Deficit Disorder with Zoos and Aquariums

Jordan Schaul | Posted 01.25.2017 | Green
Jordan Schaul

Zoos are not perfect, but they cater to millions and millions of people. And if their informal education programs don't always inspire people to become university professors, at the very least, they expose people to critical conservation issues and the plight of vanishing species.

7 Ways to Opt Outside All Year Long

Richard Louv | Posted 11.23.2016 | Healthy Living
Richard Louv

The greatest gift we can give is the gift of time. What better way to grow closer to a child, spouse, friend or potential friend, than to leave behind the jarring pressures and electronic static of everyday life, and simply go for a walk in the woods together?

All the Colors of Nature

Michael Brune | Posted 11.12.2016 | Green
Michael Brune

John Muir has a reputation, not entirely undeserved, as a bit of an ascetic -- someone who would plunge into the wilderness with little more than a cr...

A Dose of Nature: The Secret Prescription to Health and Happiness?

Natural Habitat Adventures | Posted 09.25.2016 | Green
Natural Habitat Adventures

Spending our days in windowless office buildings and suburban homes, it's easy to forget about nature. In today's society, the only time many of us spend outdoors is just walking to and from the car. Could this separation from nature have a negative effect on our mental and physical states?

Don't Let a Selfie Ruin the Moment

Cynthia Gibbs-Wilborn | Posted 07.14.2016 | Parents
Cynthia Gibbs-Wilborn

As our families continue to enjoy the summer months, please keep creating those authentic memories, and work hard to push them into that long-term storage cabinet, filled with the scent of plumeria, roaring sounds of the ocean, or the resonating clucks of the`Alae`ula bird. Ask your children to put down their hand held games, gadgets, and yes, selfie sticks.

How Green Spaces In Schools Can Optimize Students' Learning And Productivity

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 06.19.2015 | Science

Children today spend less time outdoors than ever before -- and it may be detrimental not only to their physical health, but also to their cognitive d...

Be a Dog, Get Outdoors, It's National Get Outdoors Day!

Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D. | Posted 06.13.2015 | Religion
Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D.

The din is deafening. It's morning at our local SPCA, and all anyone wants to do is get outside. I start planning in bed, during the snooze minutes be...

Disconnected in an Overconnected World (Part 2)

Menas C. Kafatos | Posted 06.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Menas C. Kafatos

Not only have we become disconnected from each other, our over-connected and technologically driven culture has led us being disconnected from nature!

How Technology Can Help You Tune Back Into Nature

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 08.09.2014 | Healthy Living

The summer months have an uncanny way of making us realize how much time we don't spend outdoors. The days are longer and the grass is greener, yet we...

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

Jordan Lloyd Bookey | Posted 09.01.2014 | 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.

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.