nature http://michiganradio.org en What is 'nature deficit disorder,' and how is one school fixing it? http://michiganradio.org/post/what-nature-deficit-disorder-and-how-one-school-fixing-it <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Think back to when you were a kid, and how much time you spent playing outside. Maybe you wandered&nbsp;the neighborhood until the streetlights came on. Or built tree forts. Or explored a nearby field, or creek, or woods.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Now, think about the kids on your block &ndash; or in your house &ndash; and how much time you see them exploring the neighborhood. Without their cell phones.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Some advocates of unstructured outdoor play say far too few kids are doing that these days. They have a name for it: &ldquo;nature deficit disorder,&rdquo; and point to a growing body of research that links too much indoor time with problems including obesity, attention deficit disorder, and depression.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/">State of Opportunity</a> checked in on one Grand Rapids school where kids don&#39;t just play outside, they learn from and in the natural environment. Read the rest of the story or listen in at <a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/one-schools-fight-against-nature-deficit-disorder">State of Opportunity</a>.</p><p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 13:50:25 +0000 Sarah Hulett 14682 at http://michiganradio.org What is 'nature deficit disorder,' and how is one school fixing it? Lunar eclipse tonight http://michiganradio.org/post/lunar-eclipse-tonight <p><strong>Update December 21st, 2:00 a.m.:</strong></p><p>Well, I woke up... the Earth's shadow is passing over the moon right now. NASA says it'll be in full eclipse starting at 2:41 a.m. and then the shadow will start slipping off the moon at 3:53 a.m.</p><p>Welcome to the shortest day of the year! Now... time for bed.</p><p><strong>December 20th, 1:12 p.m.</strong></p><p>It's not as special as a solar eclipse, which happens in one spot (say in Detroit, MI) around once every several hundred years, but a lunar eclipse is still pretty cool. Even if it does happen around twice a year.</p> Mon, 20 Dec 2010 18:12:01 +0000 Mark Brush 652 at http://michiganradio.org Lunar eclipse tonight