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Born Wild: Interview with Producer Alisa Geiser

We were so lucky to interview Alisa Geiser, Creative Director and Producer of the Born Wild series. She shared with us what her film series is about, what inspired her to make this series, some actionable advice about raising children in the wilderness, and why it is so important to instill a love of nature in young children.  Q: What is your film series about? ​The Born Wild series is about raising kids to value wilderness and wildness. In Wild Child we'll learn the nuts & bolts of making outdoor adventure a family affair on an epic PNW road trip with three moms and their young'uns; Wild Inheritance follows a three-generation-deep family of eighteen into the Wyoming backcountry to see why wilderness is the greatest legacy you can pass on;...

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5 Things to Do Outside As a Family

Research proves exposure to nature can reduce stress levels in children by as much as 28%.  Can you imagine how much stress it reduces in parents? After a long, draining week, spending some time outside is best for the whole family! Here are 5 outdoor activity ideas to get the mental and physical benefits of being outdoors:   1. Go to a park 2. Do a Nature Scavenger Hunt 3. Find a trail and go on a family hike 4. Go on a family bike ride  5. Go to a local nursery and plant some plants in container pots    What does your family like to do outside?         

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Are your Children getting these Health Benefits from Outdoor Play?

Remember playing outside until mom called you in for dinner? Today’s kids probably won’t.  Source: Charlie Archambault, National Wildlife Federation  In the last two decades, childhood has moved indoors. The average American boy or girl spends as few as 30 minutes in unstructured outdoor play each day, and more than seven hours each day in front of an electronic screen.1,2,3 This shift inside profoundly impacts the wellness of our nation’s kids. Childhood obesity rates have more than doubled the last 20 years; the United States has become the largest consumer of ADHD medications in the world; and pediatric prescriptions for antidepressants have risen precipitously.4,5,6Our kids are out of shape, tuned out and stressed out, because they’re missing something essential to their health and development: connection...

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