Nature-Deficit Disorder - Are today's children disconnected from nature?

Do you remember a time when being outdoors was the most exciting place to be? Climbing trees, building dens, exploring the woods, playing with sticks, playing in the mud....Today's children spend increasingly more time 'plugged' into their games consoles or in front of the television and less time outdoors enjoying the natural environment. This comes at a huge cost! Nature-deficit disorder is a phrase coined by American writer and chairman of the Children & Nature Network, Richard Louv, that describes the human costs of alienation from nature, including: diminished use of the senses, attention difficulties, and higher rates of physical and emotional illnesses.

"Children need nature for the healthy development of their senses, and therefore, for learning and creativity. This need is revealed in two ways: by an examination of what happens to the senses of the young when they lose connection with nature; and by witnessing the sensory magic that occurs when young people - even those beyond childhood - are exposed to even the smallest direct experience of a natural setting" - excerpt from 'Last Child in the Woods'

Woodland Learning sessions at Rock and River are a great way of getting back to nature allowing children the freedom to be creative and thrive in a natural environment. Choose from a number of structured and unstructured sessions ranging from willow weaving and den building to mini beast hunts and natural art.