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People often talk about how kids don’t play outside like they used to because of video gaming and television addiction. There’s even a term – Nature Deficit Disorder – and concern that when these kids become adults they won’t value and protect outdoor resources because they won’t have a vested interest and passion for it. There is a benefit and importance to kids learning to occupy themselves in the great outdoors, and in my house we certainly push them out the door and limit their time with the Wii, Xbox, or television shows.
But I have to wonder if we adults do a good job of reminding ourselves to seek nature, whether it’s taking the time for a picnic in the park with the family, a hike in the woods, or a float trip on water.
If you need (or want) a refresher on why it’s so important to get away from the concrete, asphalt and pressures of our daily lives, head to Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area in Rogers on Saturday, Jan. 7. Donald Wleklinski, Mental Health Clinical Coordinator at the University of Arkansas, will discuss at 1 p.m. how the mind needs nature in his presentation, “Restorative and Healing Powers of Being in Nature.” The event is free, and is part of the Friends of Hobbs Speaker Series. It takes place at the park visitor center located on U.S. Hwy. 12 just east of the Hwy 12/War Eagle Road intersection. For more information call: 479-789-5000. You might want to go early and take a hike in the woods before the discussion just to make sure you’re in the right frame of mind.
What’s your favorite way to experience nature? Where is your favorite outdoor space?