Can the Selfie Generation Unplug and Get Into Parks?
A father and son raft down the Grand Canyon and hike in Joshua Tree, revealing the rewards that millennials can find in our most treasured places.
It’s been a while since I’ve posted something. The start of school can be really busy for me. We are about month into to school now and there’s a lot to talk about. But for now I wanted to post this story because it is a great story to share with my students. I’m thinking about having them read the article, in honor of the 100 year birthday of National Parks Service. The story talks about our parks and future generations. We all know that the older generations value their national parks. They are the “gems” of this country. But what about the millennials and younger generations. Here is a quote from the article:
“..top brass at the Park Service, said a big problem with children was nature deficit disorder, a term coined by writer Richard Louv in his 2005 book, Last Child in the Woods. He argued that certain behavioral problems may be a consequence of how little time young people spend outdoors. By contrast, kids who are not divorced from nature are less likely to get sick or stressed and are more adaptable, Louv claimed. Technology gets the blame.”
I know the article really talks about technology vs. nature. But I think once you experience the beauty of the parks, you eventually are caught up in it and technology becomes less important. And that is eventually what happens. Check out the videos they are really enlightening. If your a parks lover like I am then you will be inspired by this article. It shows a promising future for our parks.