Georgia Magazine - April 2018 - 44

the facts of life ... in georgia

Go outside
and play!
GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES

Here are a few resources to help you
enjoy the outdoors.
Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites

Kids in the Georgia State Parks Junior Ranger program explore the diverse plants and
animals that live in a rotten log during a nature hike at Red Top Mountain State Park in Cartersville. Children ages 6 to 12 can earn three levels of Junior Ranger badges, either at their
own pace or at special camps offered at state parks.

offers events and initiatives such as the
Junior Ranger program that are tailored to
encourage families to spend time together
outdoors. For information and a calendar
of events, visit gastateparks.org.
Here are a few upcoming activities:
* Frog Walk, April 27, Florence Marina
State Park, Omaha. Learn about frog
populations along the Chattahoochee
River and go on a guided night hike.
gastateparks.org/florencemarina.
(229) 838-4706.

Getting back to nature
BY VICTORIA SCHARF DECASTRO

Many children today spend too
much time indoors. Child advocate
Richard Louv addressed this problem
in his 2005 best-seller, "Last Child
in the Woods: Saving Our Children
From Nature-Deficit Disorder."

'Kids need time to just be kids,
to explore our natural world and
have fun while doing it.'
-Kim Hatcher, Georgia State Parks
public affairs coordinator

The term "nature-deficit disorder," coined by Louv, describes the
effects on kids who are more plugged
into electronics than the outdoors.
He associates their separation from
nature with obesity, Type 2 diabetes
and other chronic health conditions.
The solution, he suggests, is to help
parents find ways to reacquaint their
children and themselves with nature.
"Kids need time to just be kids, to
explore our natural world and have
fun while doing it," says Kim Hatch44

er, Georgia State Parks public affairs
coordinator. "Plus, they're more likely
to get exercise when they're having
fun. That's why it's so important for
families to go hiking, biking, paddling or do other outdoor activities
together. Georgia's state parks make
it easy to enjoy outdoor recreation on
a regular basis."
The success of Louv's book resulted in the Children & Nature Network (C&NN), a Minneapolis-based
nonprofit co-founded by Louv and
several others in 2006. C&NN's mission is to spark a worldwide movement that reconnects children, their
families and communities to nature
through "innovative ideas, evidencebased resources and tools, broadbased collaboration and support of
grass-roots leadership." The C&NN
envisions a world in which youngsters interact with nature in their everyday lives and become stewards of
our natural resources.
To learn more, visit richardlouv.
com or childrenandnature.org.
Victoria Scharf DeCastro is a
freelance writer living in Winder.
More online at www.georgiamagazine.org

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* Wild Cave Tours, Cloudland
Canyon State Park, Rising Fawn.
Each week during April, guides lead
groups through the caves of Northwest
Georgia. Age 6 and older. For dates and
times, visit gastateparks.org/cloudland
canyon. (706) 913-7170.
* Parents & Tots, Panola Mountain
State Park, Stockbridge. Each month,
children ages 2 to 4 will be introduced
to a different nature topic through interactive play. For dates and times, visit
gastateparks.org/panolamountain.
(770) 389-7801.

The Plum Landing Explore Outdoors
Toolkit provides parents and educators
with ideas that help children "get outdoors, get moving and have fun learning
science." Visit pbskids.org/plumlanding.
For more educational resources, go to
gpb.org/education.

Georgia Kids Outdoors is a free online
resource for families looking for outdoor
activities. Visit georgiakidsoutdoors.com.
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http://www.gastateparks.org http://www.gastateparks.org/florencemarina http://www.gastateparks.org/cloudlandcanyon http://www.gastateparks.org/cloudlandcanyon http://www.gastateparks.org/panolamountain http://www.pbskids.org/plumlanding http://www.gpb.org/education http://richardlouv.com http://richardlouv.com http://www.childrenandnature.org http://www.georgiakidsoutdoors.com http://www.georgiamagazine.org

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