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NWF Green Hour

Commentary on what parents should know about and can do to counteract common "nature deficit disorders" in our TV-watching, video game-playing children including encouraging a daily "Green Hour" of outside play and learning. A program of the National Wildlife Federation

Thursday, August 18, 2005


A Great American Family Thing

NWF's Great American Backyard Campout has, at this writing, 30,000 campers enrolled for the evening of Saturday August 20, 2005. They will be at 3,000 different locations. The excitment is palpable as people continue to sign on a rate of 2,000 per day and the media is calling wondering who in their area might be available for an camp-side interview. While it might seem pretty obvious, the campout has indeed turned into a real family affair with parents and children getting into the outdoor groove together.

We decided to check out a little background on camping as a family activity and found it really measures up. Kids love it. The food tastes a little better. It is a real adventure. And, importantly, it turns hours of relating only to TV and computers into hours of real contact with people, natural sounds, unusual experiences, outdoor air and greenery, Check it out!

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