We've devoted plenty to pixel space to the issue of Nature Deficit Disorder (see sthe links at the end of this post.) But words are easy, action is harder. So it great to see Backpacker Magazine has announced it's going again with their Get Out More Tour (for the ninth time). This interactive mobile media and education tour is designed to "encourage participation in active outdoor pursuits." As Backpacker Editor-in-Chief Jon Dorn puts it, "Through the Tour we are able to visit readers in their own backyards and offer quality, first hand experiences."
And that what we kids and grown ups alike all need. Dust, rain, sunsets, dirt, bugs, sun-on-the-back, wind-in-the-hair, sand-between-toes, saltwater-in-the-eyes, mountains, owls hooting, beaches, deserts, wildflowers, companions, campfires, waterfalls ... When we mix with nature, we more readily remember that we are of nature too, and to hurt one, wounds the other.From April through October 2009 Backpacker's Get Out More Road Team will visit specialty outdoor retailers and festivals in more than 30 states and 60 cities to help people find ways to get out there and enjoy the natural world. The tour is supported by Woolrich and bunch of other outdoor gear companies. Read which locations are being visited and when, plus catch up on a bunch of tips at the tour's website.
But if the tour isn't coming your way, don't fret. Simply go for a walk, cycle, paddle, picnic or whatever anyhow. Roll down a grassy hillside. Make necklaces from dandelions. Go body surfing. Watch tiny ant lions snaffle their prey. Admire eagles gliding on thermal currents. Just Get Out More.
::Backpacker Get Out More Tour, via Outdoor News
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• Forest Service Takes Aim at Nature Deficit Disorder
• Environmental Education Boosted by House Committee Vote
• Outdoor Industry Pledges to Take Kids Back to Nature
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• No Child Left Inside Act of 2007
Photo credit: Backpacker magazine