We recently learned that prison inmates in the US spend more time outdoors than most school kids! Nature Deficit Disorder can be avoided with a little planning. Here is a shareable PDF of my wife, Kimmie Paxton's research project for certification in our Louisiana Master Naturalist Northeast group. The pamphlet was based upon her tri-fold display that is currently in service at the Black Bayou Lake Visitors' Center to show people how they can benefit from getting out into the fresh air and how being out in the wild can help us feel better whether we are going to the park, deeper woods or to the beach.
Different environments have different qualities. I was most surprised to learn about the forest phytoncides that can help boost our immune response. I'd seen people jogging determinedly aound West Monroe's Restoration Park, but had no idea that they (and I) were being sprinkled by a confetti of beneficial phyto-pharmaceuticals in the process!
Apparently it's best to spend a couple of days 'forest bathing' to get a good dose! Spring camping, here we come!
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