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Eye On Boise

Event encourages kids to play outside

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Eddie Trout from "Partners for Clean Water" visits the state Capitol on Monday as part of the Idaho Children and Nature Network's "Be Outside" celebration, aimed at fighting "nature deficit disorder" among kids and getting them back outside. (Betsy Russell)

Eddie Trout, from "Partners for Clean Water," visits the state Capitol today as part of a "Be Outside" celebration by the Idaho Children and Nature Network. There are displays, kids, a storyteller and more in the fourth floor rotunda as part of the event, and the Kiwanis Boys Choir will sing the "Be Outside" theme song at noon on the Capitol steps and at 1 in the fourth-floor rotunda. The reason for all this: To fight "nature deficit disorder" and get kids to play outside again. Gov. Butch Otter has issued a proclamation, a concurrent resolution is pending in the Senate and the state's congressional delegation has sent a letter in support of the effort.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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