Educational programming and opportunities that immerse kids in nature are core goals for Common Roots.
Why are we doing this?
Children today are so plugged into television, video games, and computers (~ 44 hours per week) that they've lost their connection to the natural world – a phenomenon Richard Louv termed "nature deficit disorder" in his book, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder. Louv suggests a link between rising rates of childhood obesity, attention disorders, and depression to a lack of exposure to nature.
Food for Thought
"If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children, I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life"