Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Nature Nuts in the News

Last week the Fairfax Station/Clifton/Lorton version of the Connection Newspaper ran a feature article about the Nature Nuts program of the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority.

This is a region wide program that aims to provide half a million children with a meaningful outdoors/nature experience over the next five years through the regional park system.

A link to this article can be seen at:

In the August issue of Park and Recreation Magazine (a national publication) the NVRPA Nature Nuts program was also featured in an article.

In Richard Louv's best selling book, Last Child in the Woods he coined the term "nature deficit disorder" for the lack of time that children today spend in nature. This disconnection from nature is at the root of many physical and mental health issues. The Nature Nuts program aims to address this issue in very tangible ways.

From programs focused on children to efforts aimed at encouraging families to spend more time in natural settings like camping, boating, and hiking, this initiative expands successful existing programs and facilities to have a better effect on this national issue.

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