Different generations have come to understand nature in different ways. Two hundred years ago, kids saw nature as a threat, an inevitability, and an opportunity. A century ago, kids saw nature as something to explore. Fifty years ago, kids saw nature at the end of the road. Now, many kids don’t see nature at all. And even as kids – subwaying home to apartments or catching a ride to practice or putting in more homework time – spend less time in the woods, on the shore, or high in the mountains, it’s becoming clear how vital nature is to their wellbeing. This is the moment in which it has become not only clear but provable that kids need nature and it is also the moment in which they seem farthest away from it.
It’s time to change that. Fatherly is hoping to remind parents of the importance of exposing children to the outdoors and the amazing animals, plants, and landscapes that they can find there. Nature Week is a celebration of the joy of getting outdoors as a family, a reminder that Americans are geographically blessed, and a statement of purpose: We will go outside and play with our kids.