In 2006, Richard Louv brought the phenomenon of “nature deficit disorder” to public attention through his book Last Child in the Woods. In his book, he argues that children — indeed all of us — need exposure to nature for physical and mental well-being, and that our increasing disconnect from nature was leading us to a host of problems. Increased exposure to experiences in the natural world are the gateway to a greater interest in our environment, an understanding of how natural systems function, and the desire and passion to take personal responsibility through thoughtful decision-making.
DOAS provides informative and inspiring educational programs through
- Monthly member meetings (open to the public)
- Dozens of field trips to locations in our area
- Operation of the John G. New Audubon Summer Day Camp (three very special one-week sessions).
For more information on any of our education offerings, or to become involved, please contact Susan O’Handley.