Building upon research presented by author Richard Louv in his book Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, Professor Shawna Martinez will highlight studies showing that spending time in nature fosters creativity, stimulates imagination, and calms children struggling with affective disorders and information overload. Conversely, a lack of routine contact with nature may result in stunted academic and developmental growth, including attention problems, obesity, anxiety, and depression.
Learn about free and low-cost outdoor family fun from local organizations such as: Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Friends of the River Banks, Camp Sacramento, Placer Nature Center, Golden Valley Charter School's Outdoor Kindergarten, and additional organizations.
About the presenter:
Shawna Martinez is a Biological Sciences Professor at Sierra College in Rocklin, where she has taught for 28 years and was recently named "Faculty of the Year," a prestigious award given by the Associated Students of Sierra College. She also leads natural history field trips through the college and is a volunteer for the Sierra College Natural History Museum.
Professor Martinez recognizes that critical thinking begins with an early outdoor education and early exposure to the arts in order to use our creative side to think of new possibilities - this includes being able to envision a world in which we are stewards of the land that we share with 1.7 million other unique species.
Complimentary refreshments and Museum admission are included.
Space is limited. Please reserve your ticket now, at the Museum Admission Desk, or by calling 916.808.1182.
Creative Care is available for parents and caregivers attending The Art of Parenting. Creative Care will engage children ages 6 to 10 with a gallery trip and nature-based art making. Please register in advance; space is limited.