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The Nature Deficit Disorder and Non-Profit Organizations

By:

Kelly Behnke


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“I like to play indoors better ‘cause that’s where all the electrical outlets are.”

~A fourth-grader in San Diego


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The Project

  • Read Last Child In The Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv

  • Talk to two professionals in the field

    • Deb Stork

    • Robin Cooper-Cornejo

  • Visit one outdoor education facility

    • Central Park Nature Center

  • Read two articles

  • Connect information to non profits today


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Why should you care?

  • “I was encouraged to find that many people now of college age—those who belong to the first generation to grow up in a largely de-natured environment—have tasted just enough nature to intuitively understand what they have missed. This yearning is a source of power.”

    • Louv, 2005, p. 4


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Benefits of Exposure to Nature

  • Nature can calm, focus and yet excite the senses— “The woods were my Ritalin”

  • Therapeutic Factors

  • Creates an atmosphere for social support

  • Open to interpretation to help children work through problems.

  • “Eight Intelligence”-heightened sensory, nature and creative awareness

Louv, 2005


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Benefits of Exposure to Nature

  • Nurtures creativity of all people

  • Connects people to a larger world or being

  • Being in tune with nature can help prepare for larger disasters – tornadoes, fires, floods

Louv, 2005


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Birth of Nature Deficit

  • Unstructured outdoor play has been outlawed in fear of lawsuits and vandalism

  • The message is sent to children that nature is to be seen not touched

  • Increase in air conditioning

  • Apprehensive parents

  • State and National mandates on school curriculum

Louv, 2005


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Birth of Nature Deficit

  • Synthetic Nature

  • Nature seen from the automobile looking out

  • Nature portrayed as a scary and dangerous place in the media

  • Little research regarding nature deficit and the causes and effects

Louv, 2005


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Results of Nature Deficit

  • Lack of nature can lead to obesity and related health risks as well as depression

  • Lack of interaction causes dissociation with nature, causing issues like rainforest depletion and other crises to seem less real

  • Increased number of children diagnosed with ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, other psychological disorders

Louv, 2005


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How Non Profits Can Help

  • Use activities that allow for the exploration of outdoors, not structured games outside

  • Educate the community regarding Nature Deficit and how we can combat it

  • Teach the basics of nature so it is no longer “scary”

  • Offer experiential education, and bring in outside help when necessary

Cooper-Cornejo, R. Personal Communication


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How Non Profits Can Help

  • Keep the joy of nature alive in yourself and your employees

  • Put leisure and recreation as a requirement in daily lives

  • Offer camps and programs during summer months

  • Train employees in outdoor education, enough so they won’t be afraid to talk about it with a child

Stork, D. Personal Communication


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How Non Profits Can Help

  • Listen to the cries for help from the children… “I’m bored”

  • Conduct research regarding this epidemic

  • Give employees time off to spend time with their families outdoors

  • Take the fear of the outdoors away from young children

  • Understand it will take the larger community to change the trend-bring back neighborhoods

  • Build relationships with organizations that already offer quality outdoor education programs

Louv, 2005


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Current Programs

  • Earth Conservation Corps

    • To reclaim two of the country’s most threatened resources: the environment and our disadvantaged young people

  • Environmental Education Grants

    • Money from the EPA To promote excellence and innovation in environmental education

  • National Network for Environmental Management Studies

    • Fellowship program that encourages college students to pursue professional environmental careers

  • National Environmental Education and Training Foundation

    • Nonprofit organization that fosters partnerships between the public and private sectors to fund and develop environment education and initiatives

  • Browner, C., 1995; Clattenburg W., 2006


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    What I learned

    • Maintain my enthusiasm and passion for the outdoors

    • There is a problem, and by being aware and educating people I am a small step in the right direction

    • There are jobs available for me to work in this field

    • Going into the field of camping is valid and important


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    “Teaching children about the natural world should be treated as one of the most important events in their lives”

    • Thomas Berry


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    References

    • Browner, C. (1995). Why Environmental Education? EPA Journal, 21, p6-9

    • Clattenburg, W. (2006). Leading by Inspiration.American Forests, 111, p47-49

    • Louv, R. (2005) Last Child in the Woods: The Nature Deficit Disorder. North Carolina: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill


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