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Getting kids out and about naturally

This article was published February 5, 2013 at 10:58 a.m.

— Ken Finch delights in asking people to recall happy childhood moments spent outdoors.

Invariably, they involve nature: climbing a favorite tree, wading in a stream, catching fireflies in a jar.

But this works only when his audience is older than about 30. If they’re younger, they were born after a division — the time childhood in America changed. For the worse.

No longer did they run outdoors on a Saturday, coming home only when the streetlights went on.

In October, the National Wildlife Federation announced a goal to move 100 million kids “from their indoor habitat.”

See Wednesday’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for more.

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