I have previously mentioned the documentary Nature Kids (website/Facebook/Twitter) several times on this blog. I am happy to share that the film is completed and available on DVD or view-on-demand. The film looks at the concern over loss of nature connection in today’s youth, and interviews educators and researchers about the topic. It is very well-made, and the passion of its filmmaker (Kenny Ballentine) comes through beautifully. I appreciate how the film stresses the importance of nature connection by interviewing experts, and then shows it through various perspectives in footage of kids actually enjoying nature. It also talks about the detriments of our technology-driven society (devices and video games for kids, especially), but in a less somber tone than another children and nature film I’ve seen. Here’s the trailer for Nature Kids:
Doesn’t the second half of that trailer just make you want to turn off your computer and head outside?
Purchasing options are here, and Kenny is also available for workshops. I met Kenny last year as he was traveling through Portland when on the road doing some filming for Nature Kids. We sat down and chatted about our own kids and why we strive to connect them to nature. I was surprised to see my name in the acknowledgments for the film, thank you Kenny!
To enter for a chance to win one of two DVDs of Nature Kids, please comment on this post telling me a favorite nature experience you had as a child, or one that you have shared with your own child/ren. From the entries I will randomly pick two winners. Entries open to U.S. residents only. The contest will be open until Sunday, November 24, midnight PST. If you would like to enter without commenting, you can send me an email at darwinsbulldog AT gmail DOT com. Good luck!