BENEFITS OF THE OUTDOORS
Today’s world emphasises screens, speed, information and communication which results in children missing out on vital aspects of social, mental and physical development. Almost half of Irish children have never climbed a tree! (Coillte survey 2016). Modern life results in a massive disconnect between children and adults and the natural world. The human cost of alienation from nature is known as ‘Nature Deficit Disorder’ according to Richard Louv, who wrote the influential book ‘Last Child in the Woods’. He links obesity, attention deficit disorder and depression to children’s lack of contact with nature.
World Health Organisation studies have shown that reconnecting with green or taking ‘green exercise’ can help lift depression, improve energy and boost overall well-being and mental health. Abundant research shows that nature is fundamentally beneficial and results in health and happiness. Wildtime hopes to provide the chance for adults and children to spend inspiring time outdoors, which in turn exposes your senses to an endless range of stimuli that cannot be recreated inside.
‘Must we always teach our children with books? Let them look at the mountains and the stars up above. Let them look at the beauty of the waters and the trees and flowers on earth. They will then begin to think, and to think is the beginning of a real education’
David Polis, Naturalist