April 18, 2013 Update: April’s Let’s G.O. (Get Outside) movement via Children and Nature Network just landed on the First Lady’s “Let’s Move” blog citing a few basics to blend Earth Day and outdoor play into fresh air fun.
I’ll be writing a post about our Let’s GO participation plans long before I ‘go dark’ to honor our partnership with Screen Free Week, which falls this year on April 29-May 5, 2013. Meanwhile, here are 40 eco-friendly links worth ‘recycling’ to friends about green media and more outdoor play posts at the end which should help get the ideas churning for the Let’s GO Outdoor Faces Photo Gala too. See you on the trails!
Original Post: Shaping Youth is one of over 610 (as of today) member organizations of the “No Child Left INSIDE“ coalition representing millions who believe young people should receive a strong education about their natural world.
To preclude ‘Nature Deficit Disorder,’ yours truly (who vehemently believes in ‘action’ over ‘words’) will once again be “going off the grid” (no electricity) to our rustic solar/propane cabin in the Rocky Mountains shortly for a family renewal respite, and media-free teen texting hiatus to remind my dear one there’s life past those fast-thumbing friendships!
Though our media family prefers ‘outside to inside’ the majority of the time, I still believe it takes on a different context being ‘media free’ and untethered…as ‘mom unplugged’ says at the Unplug Your Kids blog.
Which reminds me, I’m now also writing for Eco Child’s Play in the fabulous Green Options media network too, and already seem to have sparked a wee bit of controversy over there with this public health interview, as part of a series they’re doing this week…
Meanwhile, at left, is a ‘conceptual preview’ sketch of a book that’s now hot off the press and we’ll be featuring in our back to school picks from Living Folklore and Giggle Bubble Media, which ‘makes the connection’ quite well! (NCLI should snag it as their official poster!)
Shaping Youth and other media-loving child advocacy orgs (digital divas and eco-moms are not a mutually exclusive concept!) are working to pass the NCLI Act in Congress along with business, eco, educational, public health, outdoor recreation and conservation groups authorizing major new funding for states to provide high-quality, environmental instruction.
With that in mind…
Just look at the kids’ smiles, curiosity, sense of wonder and engagement, and compare it to the complaints we hear as parents (from both kids and teachers!) tired of cramming ‘data’ into minds in rote ‘test-driven/NCLB’ mode!
Back soon with many, many stories to share and Shaping Youth’s ‘positive picks’ (interviews with the founders of Respect Rx, Dizzywood, Zookazoo, Girl Mogul, and more…) See you shortly!
Here’s the embedded video below (providing my WordPress is working properly!) and related posts on Environmental Appreciation/Informal Learning and Kids: