No Child Left Indoors

This is an awesome idea. I wish my ESA (Entomological Society of America) was as cool as the other ESA (Ecological Society of America):

“The Ecological Society of America ( ESA ), the nation’s premier organization of 10,000 ecological scientists, is promoting “No Child Left Indoors” week as part of Earth Week, 2007, to encourage adults to connect a child with nature. The locally begun “No Child Left Indoors” concept has grown into a national movement that encourages students, families, and adults to experience nature. Teaching children about their “home,” Planet Earth, fosters better stewardship and science literacy.”

I’m mentioning this now because at the ESA annual meeting they will be hearing from the author of “Last Child in the Woods” and have a symposium on this topic:

“The symposium “No Child Left Indoors: Ecologists linking young people with nature” … will be held during the joint meeting of ESA and the Society for Ecological Restoration.”

Unfortunately, ALL of my travel money got cut this year, so I won’t be attending this meeting (and possibly any others) this year. If anyone goes, please report back on the symposium!