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 a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in."