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Getting Our Children In Touch With Nature In Orlando

Jul 17, 2008
The term Nature Deficit Disorder was coined by Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder. (Research shows that our children today have a lack of appreciation of nature due to a lack of time spent outside.) Some of our children are urban bound and do not have access to nature centers or state parks. Other children are overly 'plugged in.' They spend too much time in front of video games, television, and the computer and not enough time outside. Mr. Louv believes that children should be outside playing, fising camping, biking, hiking, or taking part in other outdoor activities that foster an appreciation for nature.

Mr. Louv is co-founder of Children and Nature Network. You can learn more about him, his work and the site at www.childrenandnature.org.

There are many vacation destinatons in Florida that you and your family can enjoy together which will help foster an appreciation of nature in your children. I would like to take this opportunity to outline some of them for you.

The Florida Everglades are rich in wildlife. The Airboat Rides at Boggy Creek show animals in their natural habitat. Your children will see turtles, birds and many other animals. You can visit their website at www.bcairboats.com to learn more.

Eco Safaris are available at Forever Florida. Your family will have an opportunity to see how a real ranch is run. You can take a safari in a coach or on horseback. You may see panthers, bears, bobcats, coyote or other animals in their natural habitats. Please visit www.floridaecosafaris.com for the many options available.

Florida wildlife would not be complete without a Gatorland. Gatorland is a wildlife preserve and themepark. It boasts educationals programs, reptile shows, and more. Please visit www.gatorland.com.

Children love petting farms! Green Meadows Petting Farm has more than 300 animals and is in a pristine country setting. They provide a 2-hour tour. Visitors will enjoy petting animals like cows, pigs, donkeys, and more. Please visit www.greenmeadowsfarm.com.

Silver Springs Nature Park Ocala, FL. Ride in glass bottom boats to view underwater springs, fish, shellfish, turtles, and alligators. Visit the petting zoo and see habitats of endangered species. Visit their website at www.silverprings.com.
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