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By Bridget Laird
SLE Outdoor Education Coordinator 

Nudging Kids Outdoors


Bridget Laird

Fifth and sixth graders explore Clearwater Lake.

As a mother of four kids myself, I've been guilty of the common complaint that "kids these days" just don't play outside or have opportunities to explore and figure things out on their own like we used to when we were kids. They're so often plugged in, over scheduled or over managed.

I feel lucky to have grown up in Montana in a simpler time, before the internet and social media, when our parents nudged us out of the house in the morning and called us back in for meals. What happened in between was rugged, magical, sometimes frightening, challenging, even empowering.

Unstructured time out...

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