Turn it off and take it outside

Our kids spend an average of only 6 minutes in nature each day, but accumulate more than 7 hours of screen time. There’s a growing body of evidence that getting kids outside is more important than ever. 

in motion RadioThe Wildness for Well'Being' series

Episode 1 - Making the case for nature

Lori Milligan of Regina Public Schools, Nick Forsberg of the University of Regina, and Lacey Weekes of Nature Saskatchewan join us to talk about kids and nature:

  • why they need it
  • why they're not getting it
  • what we can do to get more kids active outdoors

They chat about:

  • the growing gap between kids and nature
  • how we all benefit when kids spend time outdoors
  • what schools, communities and families can do to make a difference
  • how organizations like Nature Saskatchewan and the Regina Board of Education can help

We also discuss Brett & Kate McKay's post: How to Get Your Kids to Love Nature (Even if You Live in the Burbs) and the idea that nature is all around us (and it's free).

Episode 2: Nature at school

We speak with Reg Leidl and Melissa Johanson of MacDonald School about their new outdoor classroom in Stockholm. Kim Weiss, founder of Prairie Sky School in Regina, gives us an inside look at her nature-based school. We also talk:

  • why schools and educators should care about the growing nature deficit
  • what really happens when you get students outside (hint: they like it!)
  • how you deal with risk and distraction in an outdoor classroom
  • tips for starting small>

The Wildness for Well'Being' series is a podcast produced by Saskatchewan in motion in partnership with the Wildness for Well'Being' group. Wildness for Well'Being' is a group of leaders with a passion for getting Saskatchewan people outdoors more often. Volunteers from education, sport, recreation and parks work together to identify and deliver projects that inspire the rest of us to make it easier for kids to spend time in self-directed outdoor play.

Want to hear more? Check out Mom2Mom, a casual chat about the challenges of raising active kids. In episode 13, we talk kids and nature.