This movement aims to reconnect children with nature, and to battle the problems which seem to be caused by a ?nature deficit disorder? For the past 15 years Richard Louv, the author of 'Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder? has been interviewing families across America, about the changes in their lives, including their relationship to nature. With few exceptions, even in rural areas, parents say the same thing: ?Most children aren't playing outside anymore, not in the woods or fields or canyons.? Louv recounts a comment by a fifth-grader who described his world succinctly: 'I like to play indoors better 'cause that's where all the electrical outlets are.'
Harvard Professor E.O. Wilson points out that human beings are innately attracted to nature. ?There is something in us, which we do not fully understand, that needs occasional immersion in nature? Studies have shown the beneficial effects of nature on children?s health and well-being. Recent research has shown that students in schools that use outdoor classrooms do better academically. A 2005 study conducted by an independent research group, funded by the Sierra Club and released by the California Department of Education, found that kids in outdoor classrooms improved their science scores by 27%. Louv suggests that ?Rather than canceling recess and field trips, as many school districts are doing, the evidence suggests that students need more time learning outside the classroom.? To read more about this click here