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“That was really fun! I haven’t looked at my phone once in four hours!”

From a 5th grader, those words are quite a revelation. Statistically, youth 8-12 years old spend 6-8 hours per day on entertainment media and only 6-8 minutes in unstructured outdoor play. This amount of “screen time” and sedentary activity has led to increases in child obesity, inadequate physical activity, stress, sleep deprivation, and poor diet quality; in contrast, being outdoors in nature has proven to combat many of those ills. In fact, numerous studies have shown the benefits that time spent in the outdoors has to one’s health and well-being. For instance, psychologist, Roger Ulrich, has discovered that people have significantly lower heartbeat rates and higher alpha-wave amplitudes when viewing natural scenery. 

Bowler and colleagues found that activities in a natural environment resulted in reduced negative emotions (e.g., anger, fatigue and sadness) as compared to similar activities in a human-made environment. Children with ADHD who regularly play in green settings have milder symptoms than children who play in built outdoor and indoor settings according to a study done by Faber Taylor with the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. And it’s been observed that children with better access to public parks and recreation programs are less likely to have significant increases in BMI (Body Mass Index) over time. As a result, when our children are withdrawn from the natural environment, they are deprived of the innate benefits it has to offer.

For a decade, the NatureTrack Foundation has transported students outside, successfully engaged their curiosity, and instilled in them a new appreciation and awe of nature. We partner with teachers to provide students an immersive experience based on Joseph Cornell’s, “flow learning” using students’ innate learning process to connect to the land where they live, and reinforcing concepts that compliment New Generation Science Standards (NGSS). NatureTrack strives to inspire each student’s curiosity about the natural world and let nature lead the way. For, “In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we are taught.” -Baba Dioum

“In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we are taught.”

- Baba Dioum

FREE NatureTrack field trips fill the school budget gap with ingenuity and wonder! We even cover the transportation costs.

NatureTrack is honored to have over

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who dedicate their time, expertise and enthusiasm in a variety of ways. From administrative and logistical support to hospitality and field instruction, NatureTrack could not function without them. Below, are some of the naturalists you are likely to encounter on a NatureTrack adventure.

Here are some of our volunteers:

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Contact Us

Phone:
805.886.2047

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 953, Los Olivos, CA. 93441

NatureTrack Foundation – Executive Director
Sue Eisaguirre
805.886.2047

NatureTrack – Program Director
Jennifer Morrell
805.222.0006