Next Tuesday, April 22, 2014, is Earth Day and the Calusa Nature and Science Center invites you to celebrate the day with the showing of a free documentary film, "Mother Nature's Child" in their planetarium. Showtime is at 4 p.m. The film is intended to enlighten parents about the benefits of having their children spend more time outdoors.
Following is a synopsis of the film "Mother Nature's Child explores nature's powerful role in children's development through the experiences of toddlers, children in middle childhood and adolescents. The film marks a moment in time when a living generation can still recall childhoods of free play outdoors; this will not be true for most children growing up today. The effects of 'nature deficit disorder' are now being noted across the country in epidemics of child obesity, attention disorders and depression. Mother Nature's Child asks the questions: why do children need unstructured time outside? How is play a form of learning? why are teachers resistant to taking students outside? how can city kids connect with nature? What does it mean to educate the 'whole' child?"
If you are looking to educate yourself or give yourself ammunition against the onslaught of iPhones and X-boxes, consider taking advantage of this totally free offer. Calusa Nature Center is located on Ortiz Avenue at the corner of Colonial.