Putting an End to Nature-Deficit Disorder

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Welcome to Stop NDD!

We’re glad you’re visiting, but we hope you don’t stay for too long. You should be outside enjoying the beauty of nature!

We are a coalition of retired teachers whose mission is to end Nature-Deficit Disorder (NDD). Our goal is to encourage people of all ages to engage with the beauty of nature as often as possible. So many of us take Mother Earth and all of her splendors for granted. By taking even a few moments each day to truly appreciate the great outdoors, you’ll discover joys you probably don’t realize you’ve been missing by constantly being in front of a computer screen or glued to your phone.

We hope you’ll take a few moments to explore our site, which was designed to inspire people everywhere to take a break from the digital world as often as possible. Together, we can put an end to Nature-Deficit Disorder!

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What is NDD?

Nature-Deficit Disorder (NDD) is a problem identified by Richard Louv, a journalist, author, and recipient of the Audubon Medal, which is an award “given in recognition of outstanding achievement in the field of conservation and environmental protection.”
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The simplest actions truly can make a profound impact.


Benefits of Nature

The benefits of spending time outside are practically endless, but here are a few specific ways Mother Nature makes our lives better.

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Outdoor Safety

Remember: safety should always come first!

Here are a few tips to keep you safe no matter which outdoor adventure you choose.

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Getting Kids Outside

Even if children are initially reluctant to head outside, it won’t be long before they’re begging to go on their next adventure.

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Integrating Education and Nature

As educators, we have a unique opportunity to connect children and young adults with nature. Here are some ideas for tying in natural elements to all kinds of curricula.

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