Because of society’s emphasis on new technology, daily outdoor play for many children has become a part of the past. Most children spend only 1% of their time outdoors. Our children's access and opportunities to play in natural spaces has severely decreased over the past decade. Studies have proven that the more time children are “plugged in” their health and social skills begin to suffer. It is now time for us as a community to work together with our schools to take action.
Articles by Debbie Mickle
After a two-day tournament in Richmond that tested their teamwork and ingenuity, six Virginia high school teams have won the right to compete at the FIRST world robotics championship.
Why is it important for every child’s education to include play and hands-on activities in nature? What is the significance of outdoor play for children with learning deficiencies? How do teachers find the resources needed to make connections between classroom instruction and real world experiences?
My name is Hales Parcells and I am a student at the University of Virginia, studying Environmental Sciences. I have been passionate about the ocean ever since I was a little girl playing on the beach. I spend a lot of time studying the mysteries of the ocean and the more I learn, the more I am aware of all of the harm that we humans can cause.
When Nick Butler takes the controls of his Stafford County high school team’s competition robot, he’s bringing literally a lifetime of experience to the task. At the age of 16 months, Nick was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Type 2, a hereditary disease that causes weakness and wasting of the voluntary muscles in the arms and legs of infants and children.
The James River runs through it... through the City of Richmond. And just minutes downriver is an incredible opportunity to see resident bald eagles in their natural habitat. Did you know that we have an incredible conservation success story to tell? Thirty years ago there were no bald eagles on the James River. Today, over 180 pair of resident bald eagles call the James River home. And the James River is now considered to have the best bald eagle comeback in the entire North American continent!