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How many of you frequently played outdoors as children? Unfortunately, an increasing number of children today are afflicted with nature-deficit disorder. My Natural Development Camping and playing in nature since birth “No TV” rules encouraged outdoor activities.

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How many of you frequently played outdoors as children?

Unfortunately, an increasing number of children today are afflicted with nature-deficit disorder.


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My Natural Development

  • Camping and playing in nature since birth

  • “No TV” rules encouraged outdoor activities.


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Nature Deficit Disorder Defined

  • Nature Deficit Disorder is defined as:

    • The trend of children spending less time outdoors

    • The host of behavioral problems that accompany this trend


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Causes of the Deficit

  • Magnetic pull of indoor technologies

  • Increasingly scheduled lives

  • Parental fear


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Symptoms

  • Decreased creativity

  • Decreased cooperation

  • ADD exasperation

  • Obesity

  • Less drive for exploration


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Luckily, Nature Deficit Disorder is easy to avoid…

If you spend time outdoors, you will reap all of the benefits nature has to offer while avoiding NDD!




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Nature Releases Creativity

  • Plenty to do in the wilderness, but one has to seek it out or think it up.

    • Fort building

    • Trolls


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Nature Encourages Independence

  • Forces problem solving, giving one the confidence necessary for independence.

    • Callahan’s Island

  • Gives you tools to survive

    • Fire building, shelter, water sources

    • Backpacking water dilemma


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Re-embracing Nature

  • It is easy to get out into nature!

  • Day hikes = almost no planning, equipment, or time commitment.


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Harris Park

  • Located just outside of Milton-Freewater

  • 45 min from Walla Walla

  • Beautiful trail along the Walla Walla River


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Umatilla Wilderness

  • Located south-east of Walla Walla

  • About 1 hour away

  • Camping, hiking, swimming opportunities


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For More Extended Trips…

  • Talk to people!

  • Rent equipment from the OP

  • Buy a map– they always make trips more enjoyable

  • Wallowa Mountains are a great weekend trip.


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Our Future Children

  • Set an example for our children and the children of our friends.

    • My parent’s impact

    • Resist kicking and screaming protests

  • Make the indoors uncomfortable.

    • Chores vs. sprinkles


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Nature is Necessary

  • Nature is not something we can evolve beyond.

  • Wilderness experiences play an important role in our development.

  • Removing the power of technology and reaffirming the power of nature is the natural thing to do.


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