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Camping this Memorial Day

We spent the last 4 nights in the mountains of northern California. It is refreshing to be surrounded by the forest’s sights and smells. I am always encouraged when I see others camping with children. To teach our children about the wonders and pleasures of nature should be a priority and if for some reason the parent doesn’t know about the out-of-doors, then what a great family learning experience could be had.

Did you know?

  • Unstructured outdoor activity is down by half from the previous generation.
  • Children in the USA average just 30 minutes a week of unregulated time outdoors; however, their weekly electronic media exposure is almost 45 hours a week.
  • Visits to National Parks have been decreasing since 1987.
  • The amount of outdoor, environmental education programs offered in our local schools has been decreasing in the last 10 years.
  • The average American child can recognize 1,000 corporate logos but can’t identify 10 plants or animals native to his or her own region.
  • 71% of adults walked or biked to school when they were children and only 22% of kids do today.
  • Approximately 16% of US children aged 6-19 are overweight or obese.  Childhood obesity has doubled over the past 30 years for preschoolers and adolescents and more than tripled for children aged 6-11.

I remember that walk to school bit . . . for me it was 4 miles through the snow, uphill in both directions . . . with no mittens . . . and no galoshes! Really! It was tough.

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