Get Out! in Nature and Go Green: New Book Helps Parents, Teachers and Kids Learn How

September 16, 2009

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y., Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ — When kids can more readily identify Pokemon(TM) characters than trees, birds, and flowers, and when they spend over one-third of their waking hours in front of a screen, it’s time to help them become more involved with the natural world. Get Out! 150 Easy Ways for Kids and Grown-Ups to Get Into Nature and Build a Greener Future, by Judy Molland (Free Spirit Publishing), is filled with fun and simple tips for parents, grandparents, teachers, and caregivers to help kids connect with nature.

A relationship with nature is crucial for children. It can aid in the fight against obesity, reduce stress, and ease tension. Studies have shown that being exposed to nature can improve memory, concentration, and grades. And living a greener lifestyle excites children and encourages them in their role as future keepers of the environment. Richard Louv, author of the bestselling adult book, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, has said, “Get Out! is full of fun activities to inspire a love of nature along with a desire to protect it.”

Award-winning teacher and writer Judy Molland has organized the book’s 150 engaging activities, projects, games, and tips into sections on the outdoors, green living, the 3 Rs (reducing, reusing, recycling), and advocacy. Molland includes links to websites and organizations where readers will find additional instructions and resources. For example, a tip on building a bat house directs the reader to a woodworking website that offers free plans. The book also includes a list of green and earth-friendly books, organizations, and websites that make connecting with nature easy and enjoyable for the individual reader, as well as for educators, youth leaders, and others.

Judy Molland knows first-hand about the pleasures and rewards of getting out into nature. An avid hiker, backpacker, and rock climber, she is a leader with her local Sierra Club chapter. The author of Straight Talk About Schools Today (Free Spirit Publishing), she is contributing education editor for Dominion Parenting Media, the largest syndicate of parenting magazines in the United States. Her articles have appeared in numerous publications, including Parents, Instructor, Newsday, and on Parenthood.com. For more information, visit www.judymolland.com.

SOURCE Judy Molland

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