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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

Friday, December 09, 2005


A Kid in the Bush

In the Wild with Children

Many parents go a little nuts at the mere thought of taking children out to wild places for hikes, climbs and other rustic adventures. On top of worries about injuries (and bugs), a main concern seems to be that the kids will get lost. Moreover, some highly-publicized cases have made America's parents fearful that children might be abducted by an evildoer while roaming in the woods. In New Zealand, getting kids into wild places, or the "bush," is a cultural norm. But ,even in NZ, a few pointers on commons sense approaches to fun and safety are useful. Check out this article on "Time in the Wild With Children." It can be very reassuring for those nervous parents out there.

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