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Mar 05 2021

Combat Nature-Deficit Disorder with These Family-friendly Outdoor Adventure Ideas

From arts and crafts to the hitting the trail, help your kids discover the joy of the wild while keeping close to home

You make sure your kids get enough vegetables, water, sleep, and playtime — but do you know if they’re getting enough nature? Some children today spend so little time outdoors that experts have coined the term “nature-deficit disorder” to describe the negative side effects of this issue. Researchers have linked issues like childhood attention difficulties and anxiety to a lack of sunlight and connection with nature.

Of course, we want every kid to get outside and connect with wild Montana. Here are some activity ideas to help kids get in touch with their wild sides.

Adventuring Together

One of the best and most affordable ways to get outside and enjoy nature is through family-friendly outdoor adventures. 

Backyard Play

When you have to stay close to home, the backyard provides the perfect opportunity for time outside. 

Outdoor Arts

Exploring arts and crafts through nature can be another fun and budget-friendly way to connect your child to the great outdoors, no matter the season. 

Safety Considerations

Whether it’s raining, snowing or the temps keep going up, you always want to keep safety in mind. 

There are tons of fun, affordable things you can do with your kids outdoors. Look for any opportunity you can take to help your children connect with nature. By getting them to spend as much time outdoors as possible, you give them a longing for nature they’ll take with them their whole lives.   


– Jenny Miller, stopndd.org