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Barker: Getting Kids Into Nature

My grandson Alex and I fished at ParkCenter Pond last weekend at a fishing derby that attracted dozens of families to one of Boise’s urban outdoor spaces. Lots of kids caught lots of trout, but just as importantly, they were exploring the reeds, running around and watching the ducks and geese for hours on end. This kind of opportunity for children to get into nature is far less available in the 21st century. Even before computer games became so dominant in children’s lives, the experience of life outside had dropped in significance for many. But today it has growninto a pandemic of what “Last Child in the Woods” author Richard Louv calls nature deficit disorder. This societal malady doesn’t benefit conservatives or liberals/Rocky Barker, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Is it a priority of yours to get your children outside into nature?

Outside: Boise Best Town In West

Boise, to put it mildly, has been on a roll. Government, education, and health care remain core industries, but dozens of high-tech startups have moved to town, joining behemoths like Hewlett-Packard and Micron Technology. And while its population has more than doubled in the past 30 years and jaded locals bemoan the sprawl, Boise has managed its growth impressively well: The city is home to nearly 2,000 acres of parks and a 25-mile greenbelt. The outlying areas feel a bit bland, but the older neighborhoods have that Boulder vibe—cruiser bikes, farmers’ markets, and prayer flags—only with reasonably priced homes/Outside. More here.

  • Cutline: Hundreds turned out to witness the rededication celebration for the Idaho  capitol building on Jan. 9 in downtown  Boise. (AP Photo/Idaho Press-Tribune, Charlie Litchfield)

Question: Do you agree with Outside mag that Boise is the best town in the West?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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