Saving Kids from ‘Nature Deficit Disorder’ | NPR

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Children’s Health

Saving Kids from ‘Nature Deficit Disorder’

May 25, 2005, 12:00 AM ET

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Author Richard Louv talks about his new book, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder. Louv argues that kids are so plugged into television and video games that they’ve lost their connection to the natural world.



Yesterday at this time, we heard from an author who argued that television and video games can be good for you. This morning, we have an argument for nature. The author Richard Louv says children are spending more time indoors, and when they do go outside, they’re most likely to be on their way to soccer practice or some other structured activity. The result, he says, is that kids are out of touch with fields, streams and woods. Louv calls this condition nature deficit disorder.

Mr. RICHARD LOUV (Author, “Last Child in the Woods”): Our kids are actually doing what we told them to do when they sit in front of that TV all day or in front of that computer game all day. The society is telling kids unconsciously that nature’s in the past. It really doesn’t count anymore, that the future is in electronics, and besides, the bogeyman is in the woods…

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Pocket Prairies, Catching Carp & Meet the Greeter | TPW Television

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Air Dates — Program 2510. December 18–24, 2016, and June 18–24, 2017

Follow along as some Houston area school kids discover the value of native prairies. Once maligned, carp have emerged as a much sought after sport fish, especially among European visitors. Wildlife Biologist Steve Nelle helps landowners answer conservation questions here:


Pocket Prairies, Catching Carp & Meet the Greeter Urban Pocket Prairies

Urban Pocket Prairies

Urbanization has reduced the once 600,000 acre Katy Prairie near Houston, Texas to just 200,000 acres affecting many species of wildlife. Now the Katy Prairie Conservancy has partnered with nearly a dozen schools to create pocket prairies. These small urban prairies are helping wildlife as well as children to become healthier, happier and smarter.

The International Pursuit

The once-maligned carp is emerging as a sought-after sport fish, and anglers are coming to Texas from around the world just to catch them. Tag along as we hit the Texas carp hotspots, Lady Bird Lake in Austin, and Lake Fork near Dallas. Yes, the same Lake Fork that’s known for monster bass is now famous for its monster carp as well.

Lone Star Land Stewards: Steve Nelle

Can you sustain a healthy native ecosystem on a cattle ranch? How can land recover after a devastating flood? Wildlife Biologist Steve Nelle helps landowners answer these questions, working with them to maximize the health of their land.

Parks & Wildlife People: Paul Israel

If you visit Texas Parks & Wildlife Headquarters in Austin, Texas, you might be greeted by Paul Israel, who won’t let you leave without a smile.

Postcard From Texas

Enjoy an early morning at Huntsville State Park.

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Playing Outside Makes Kids Happier, Healthier And Smarter (But 7 Minutes A Day Isn’t Enough) | TPR

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By Kim Johnson & Jan Ross Piedad • Jun 13, 2017

Listen to the show on KSTX: San Antonio, All Things Considered

Despite evidence that children who play and learn outside are healthier, happier and smarter, the average child today spends just four to seven minutes playing outside every day.

Research suggests that a lack of exposure to the great outdoors can lead to a number of maladies, from obesity and vitamin deficiency to ADHD, anxiety and depression.

Insufficient time spent in the natural world is also linked to weakened ecological literacy and environmental stewardship.

While not a medical diagnosis, the phrase “nature-deficit disorder” has been used to describe the consequences of human alienation from nature.

What factors contribute to the epidemic of inactivity afflicting children today, and what can be done to reverse society’s nature deficiency?

How can parents and caregivers provide a safe and fulfilling outdoor experience for children?


Listen to the show on KSTX: San Antonio, All Things Considered

Government Canyon home to several endangered spiders | KSAT News

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By Erica Hernandez – Producer
Posted: 4:22 AM, June 09, 2017
Updated: 8:56 AM, June 09, 2017

Madla Cave meshweaver (Cicurina madla), Photograph by Dr. Jean Krejca

To watch video on KSAT website, click here

Government Canyon State Natural Area is over 12,000 acres, located in northwestern Bexar County.Texas Parks and Wildlife is in charge of taking care of this area and the species that live there. Right now, Government Canyon is home to seven different endangered species. Most of those species consist of spiders and beetles that live underground, including the Government Canyon Bat Cave Spider.

“It’s very rare, but we do have other species as well that exist in other caves around,” superintendent Chris Holm said…Read the article here

For more information on the endangered species living on the Edwards Aquifer, click here