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 (a very special one-week program).
- Audubon Adventures classroom curriculum – 50/50 cost share with interested educators.
- Environmental Education Grant Program awarded each year to an area educator who is working to sustain EE in their school.
For more information on any of our education offerings, or to become involved, please contact Susan O’Handley.