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Learning and the Nature Deficit

Children learn better when they’re out in nature. And unstructured outdoor play is not only good for mental and cognitive development, it’s also nurturing a new generation of nature preservationists.

This is the belief by Richard Louv, child advocacy expert and author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder.

An Atlanta area charter school has put that belief into practice with stunning results. Students at the Chattahoochee Hills Charter School get their daily dose of nature. They spend 1/3 of their day outdoors with a curriculum based in nature. The result? Student test scores are above national and regional averages. The only parent complaint? How dirty the kids are at the end of the day.

Watch this fantastic feature on CBS This Morning here.


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