Children of the Chesapeake: An After School Group Addressing Nature Deficit Disorder
Master of Arts in Earth Literacy
Children today are suffering from the effects of inadequate time spent exploring the outdoors, contributing to such behavioral and health problems as depression, attention deficit disorder, obesity, diabetes, and others. As a society we need to offer more opportunities for children to spend time bonding with nature. The pilot afterschool program, Children of the Chesapeake, addresses these problems and, if expanded, has the potential to benefit both the environment and the participating families in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.