GEEKs in the Woods: A New Outdoor Movement Connecting Kids With Nature

Josh Morrison, a 15 year old student at White Plains High School in Calhoun County, Alabama, noticed that his generation had lost touch with the natural world, captured by the virtual world of PS3, Wii and IPODs. In response to that disturbing trend and inspired by Richard Louv's book "Last Child in the Woods" and his mother, Renee Morrison, an educator for the Jacksonville State University Field Schools, Josh created a group called "GEEKs in the Woods". Now, Joshua and his friends are reaching out to their generation and promoting nature through outdoor experiences and the group's website at www.geeksinthewoods.org

The GEEKs in the Woods submitted a remarkable letter about what it takes to connect kids with nature that was read at the Atlanta-area regional Recreation Forum held in Marietta, Georgia in March. "What do we want to do outside?," it asks. "Absolutely nothing...unless you can show us the “YO” factor...unless you can explain how we are linked to the outdoors and the planet...unless you can make it relate directly to our life. If you make it personal and global, we will notice!"

To read the letter, click here.