Presented by: Scott M. Zgraggen, Ed.D.
According to Richard Louv, author of "The Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder" (2007), research suggests that we have an innate connection to the natural world around us. There are many problems that can arise when children (and adults) spend too much time indoors, such as depression, obesity, and attention deficit disorder. It seems like a no brainer then to get outside, reduce stress, and tune into nature. However, as any parent knows, it's hard to get children away from their electronics. This discussion will look at ways that parents can incorporate electronic apps to help their children navigate the natural world around them from identifying animals from sight, tracks, and scat as well as to help reignite the wonder of nature in children of all ages.