If you grew up several decades ago, it is likely that you can recall your weekends or after-school hours spent playing outdoors. Your parents left it up to you to entertain yourself, whether that be playing hockey in the street with the neighborhood kids or climbing trees with your brother or sister in the woods behind your house. For most of you, those times spent outdoors are fond memories, however it may seem second nature or almost instinctual that you do not expect or encourage your own children to engage in the same activities as you once did.
It is no secret that the children of today spend a great deal of time indoors. Electronic immersion, indoor confinement, and structured activities have become a social norm. Children are expected to spend several hours inside the classroom, complete their homework, and enjoy their leisure time watching television, playing video games, or participating in organized sports. What is more surprising, however, is the degree of disparity in time spent in nature between generations.