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June 10th 2011:Do our children have Nature Deficit Disorder?

Remember when we used to go outside to play at recess and again when we got home? We used to hunt bugs and play with sticks and wade in a stream on weekends. Now as parents we seem too busy working to be watching the kids every minute, we worry about dangerous strangers, we fear nasty bugs, pollen allergies, and snakes in the grass, and our kids play on concrete with games structured just to keep the peace. Might this change be a factor in the increasing problems among our children? With boredom, attention problems, learning disorders, over-eating, and even other physical problems? My guest to

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Ellen Haas

Ellen Haas is an author, educator, and community organizer with a passion for reconnecting humans with the rest of nature. Co-author of Coyote's Guide to Connecting to Nature, with Wilderness Awareness School's Jon Young and Evan McGown, she advocates for turning our brain's gaze back toward acute sensory awareness through exploring nature playfully and inquisitively. Through every means possible -- "Coyote Mentoring" outdoor education, family nature clubs, neighorhood restoration of nearby open spaces, urban farming, and more -- we can leave it better than we found it, and raise children who are active, agile, wondrous, inquisitive, and caring about their natural home. Ellen has been a di
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