Nature Deficit Disorder: A phrase coined by Richard Louv in his 2005 book, Last Child in the Woods, that human beings, especially children, are spending less time outdoors resulting in a wide range of behavioral problems.
If you’re over the age of 35 or so and are reading this, I imagine you remember a decent portion of your childhood exploring the outdoor world–maybe it was simply in your own backyard or better yet, the woods in your neighborhood. I suspect you weren’t scared of the boogeyman sneaking up behind you. You weren’t forced by your parents to go and explore, to simply see what you could see. You weren’t tempted to stay home and look through your Facebook feed. You get the point. Time spent in nature came, well….naturally. As it should. Today’s youth, not so much.
“School isn’t supposed to be a polite form of incarceration, but a portal to the wider world.” –Richard Louv
Trail Report Card (COMING SOON)