The Laconia Public Library is partnering with Laconia Parks and Recreation and Prescott Farm to offer a free community screening of Mother Nature’s Child: Growing Outdoors in the Media Age on Thursday, October 10th at 7 PM. Selected for the Environmental Film Festival of 2011, "Mother Nature's Child" explores the powerful role of nature experiences in the health and development of toddlers, children and adolescents. Featuring children interacting with nature from Vermont to Washington, D.C., and voices from several experts, the film marks a moment in time when a living generation can recall their childhood spent in free play outdoors, which will not be the case for most children growing up today. The effects of "nature deficit disorder" are now being noted in epidemics of child obesity, attention disorders, and depression across the country.
An informal discussion focusing on ways to get children outdoors to enjoy nature will be led by Sarah Dunham, Executive Director of Prescott Farm after the film.