Nature that Nurtures. Or, a Classroom May Be Dangerous to Your Health

Before I became a classroom teacher, I spent most of my time outdoors. For a while, I was spending more than 100 days each year sleeping outside, often waking with the sunrise and working with adult clients or younger students in the forests or on the beaches in Washington State.

Rosewig in a kayak

Louv calls this a “restorative environment.”

Sometimes I forget what an adjustment it was to spend all day inside. These days, being inside more than out feels normal, but there are some serious indications that, scientifically speaking, spending too much time inside could really be harming my students and me. Could we all be suffering from “nature deficit disorder”? Continue reading