Youth are spending less time outdoors compared to previous generations. Because youth spend much of their time in school, teachers can provide the critical linkages that introduce students to nature. Unfortunately, teachers often lack access to standards-based STEAM curricula focused on natural resources, do not feel comfortable taking their students outside, and may not be knowledgeable about how to incorporate nature into the classroom. Addressing the nature deficit disorder facing today’s youth and the lack of professional development for teachers requires involvement from Extension (agriculture and natural resources specialists, health and human science educators) and natural resources professionals.
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Williams, R. N., Cordes, R., Koetz, R., Brooke, J., Hunt, M., & Pedigo, L. (2021). Addressing Nature-Deficit Disorder Using A Multi-program Area, Multi-State Approach. The Journal of Extension, 59(4), Article 15. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.59.04.15