Nature Necessities (by Teresa Amaral Beshwate, MPH)

John Muir, mountaineer and father of the national parks famously wrote, “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity.” Although John Muir lived only until 1914, his words could not be truer today. Humans were officially deemed an “urban species” in 2008 when the […]

Avoiding Nature Deficit Disorder (by Dr. Roger Landry)

I remember the first time I took my grandchildren out stargazing on our roof. My oldest grandson, Jackson, was all wide-eyed. “This is so cool! It’s just like the planetarium!” For him, the planetarium was his first exposure to a night sky not diminished by light pollution. From then on, I made it my mission to expose my grandkids to as […]