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Freedom to Roam?...

When we interviewed parents for Mother Nature’s Child, we heard different perspectives about how much freedom kids should be allowed. Should they be able to explore their neighborhood on their own? How much of their time should be structured and scheduled? What about downtime? Here the mother of a nine year old boy talks about her approach. What’s yours? Leave a...
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Personal <-> Planetary Health

Personal <-> Planetary Health...

Andy Gonzales, along with Ali and Atman Smith, started the Holistic Life Foundation in Baltimore where they work with inner city children, taking them out into nature. We featured their work in Mother Nature’s Child. Andy, Atman and Ali also teach the kids yoga! Here’s what Andy has to say to the children about...
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Dirt Time

Dirt Time...

While researching and producing Mother Nature’s Child, I realized it would be a good idea to examine my own relationship to nature. In the fall of 2008, I attended a “Spirit and Nature” retreat at Shelburne Farms, a stunningly beautiful outdoor education center on the Vermont shore of Lake Champlain. Over the course of five days and nights, we explored our connection to the natural world on many levels. Through a surprising range of exercises and experiences, four remarkable mentors introduced us to the natural history of the land where we were staying,...
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Two Winters Ago: Memorable Shoot

Two Winters Ago: Memorable Shoot...

We included all the seasons in Mother Nature’s Child and wintry weather will now always remind me of our time covering Kroka Expedition‘s wildnerness ski/canoe semester. It was amazing to meet a group of teens who had skied all the way from Marlow, NH to Sterling College in northern Vermont as they prepared to head out on a five day unsupervised trip. They skied in small groups of three or four — except for the eldest student who went solo over the mountains — from Craftsbury, VT to NorthWoods Stewardship Center near the Canadian border. Our crew...
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Interviewing Richard Louv: Mother Nature has the last word

Interviewing Richard Louv: Mother Nature...

Richard Louv created a splash with his book Last Child in the Woods, and the splash has rapidly become a tidal wave, with the conversation about children and nature reaching the White House earlier this month. At times it looks as if the wave is riding him. Our movie, Mother Nature’s Child, is one of the boats sailing on this rising tide, and of course we planned to interview him for the project. But it seemed that it was not to be. We circled his schedule during a year of production, looking for times when his speaking engagements would bring him to our neck of the...

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