Up Close and Personal with Nature

It’s summertime, and that usually means more outdoor time. But I keep thinking about Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv, and I wonder if “outdoor time” today has come to mean “playground time” with swings, monkey bars and slides. I’ve been thinking about how much different that is from outdoor time with nature. In his book, Louv reminds us of the great benefits of outdoor play, and then he focuses on the harmful effects when children don’t have that kind of free time to explore, discover and just “hang out” in natural surroundings.

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