COMBATING NATURE DEFICIT DISORDER
• OUR CHILDREN HAVE LOST TOUCH WITH NATURE AND THE OUTDOORS AS A RESULT OF INCREASED SCREEN TIME INCLUDING HOURS OF TV, VIDEO GAMES AND SOCIAL MEDIA
• SYMPTOMS – ADD/ADHD, OBESITY AND LAZINESS RESULTING IN UNHEALTHY PHYSICAL AND MENTAL CONDITIONS.
• SOLUTION – INTRODUCING OR REINTRODUCING OUR CHILDREN AND THEIR PARENT(s) TO THE OUTDOORS, INCLUDING HIKING, CAMPING, FISHING, SLEDDING, SKIING, SWIMMING, SHOOTING AND HUNTING WHERE APPROPRIATE
• EFFECT – INCREASED ATTENTION SPAN, STRESS REDUCTION, ENHANCED CREATIVITY, INCREASED COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT AND SENSE OF WONDER AND CONNECTION TO THE EARTH
What children do we target? At risk v. stable – urban v. rural
How do we engage them and keep them engaged?
How do we engage the parents and keep them engaged?
Frequency and duration of events
Volunteers – mentors, attorneys, web design and implementation.
Sponsors – Any and all outdoors stores
Team up with other similar organizations.