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From screen time to green time: How to mitigate pandemic screen overuse by getting kids outside
Access to nature is a critical part of children’s development. But now more than ever, screens have displaced children’s play outside, especially during the pandemic. How can we transform their screen time into green time?

Our Action Network Live! event invites educators, advocates, professionals, and families to discover the importance of getting children of all ages outside. Our featured guests, author and expert Richard Louv and Sharon Danks of Green Schoolyards, will offer practical advice for working with school districts, legislators, and family support organizations to promote equitable access to outdoor play in rural, suburban, and urban spaces. They will address your questions about safety, academic learning, mental health, and more, leaving us all with the inspiration to go green (with fewer screens)!


Richard Louv is a journalist and author of ten books, including Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, The Nature Principle, Vitamin N, and Our Wild Calling: How Connecting with Animals Can Transform Our Lives — and Save Theirs. He is co-founder and chair emeritus of the nonprofit Children & Nature Network, which supports a new nature movement. In 2008, he was awarded the Audubon Medal, presented by the National Audubon Society.

Environmental city planner Sharon Danks is the Founder and Executive Director of Green Schoolyards America, a national nonprofit based in Berkeley, California. An accomplished schoolyard designer, researcher and speaker, Sharon has traveled the world to study hundreds of school grounds and share best practices.

Jul 20, 2021 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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