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MOTHER NATURE'S CHILD, an exploration of nature’s role in the health and development of children, is now available on DVD along with a study guide insert. We began filming in early 2009 and just released the film in December 2010. As an entire generation of children disconnects from the natural world, we ask: what will they lose intellectually, emotionally, physically, spiritually? Why do children need unstructured time outside? How important is risk-taking to healthy child development? How is play a form of learning? Why are teachers resistant to taking students outside? How can inner city kids connect with nature? What does it mean to educate the “whole” child?
To address these questions, we have filmed children of all ages and interviewed parents, teachers and a number of experts. Please be in touch if you would like more information or would like to make a tax-deductible contribution to help us with outreach efforts.

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Comment by Cheryl Browne on February 17, 2011 at 7:36pm
Can't wait to share this film with friends and family, to get us all inspired to take time out for nature, for rejuvenation.
Comment by Jenninthehills on January 19, 2011 at 7:27pm
I am interetsd in how we can get a copy of this to Canada in some affordable fashion. Can anyone give me that information? It is meaningful to get parents thinking about thier kids and thier own lives and lifestyles and essenmtial to get the kids out
Comment by Camilla Rockwell on December 28, 2009 at 10:04am
Ernie,
Good to hear from you. I look forward to taking you up on your offer to host a screening of MOTHER NATURE'S CHILD once we finish the film, hopefully by next fall. If you know of an organization or individual committed to this issue who might like to make a tax-deductible contribution, do let me know! We are very excited about the conversations and connections MNC can help to create in individual communities.
Comment by Ernie McLaney on December 27, 2009 at 9:25pm
Camilla,
I am the Executive Director of the Center for Sustainability at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC. I would love to host a screening for this film if there is any interest in bringing it to this region. I have a personal interest in connecting our kids to the natural world and will help spread this message here.

www.cpcc.edu/cfs
Comment by Camilla Rockwell on December 27, 2009 at 10:02am
Juliet,
Thanks for your comment. The film will include a lot of discussion about fear and risk - stay tuned!
Comment by Juliet Robertson on December 24, 2009 at 1:30pm
This is fantastic. I love the variety of age groups, backgrounds, places and activities. Thanks for sharing. Funnily enough I really liked the last few shots ...here in the UK the idea of children not wearing buoyancy aids whilst canoeing would be regarded as "risky" !!! Please let me know when the film is complete.
Comment by Carmen Field on December 3, 2009 at 9:01pm
Sounds great, Camilla. Thank you so much for the info. I'm really looking forward to seeing your film!
Comment by Camilla Rockwell on December 3, 2009 at 8:32am
Hi Carmen, Thanks for your interest in MOTHER NATURE'S CHILD. The film will most likely be broadcast on PBS stations (we've had requests already), used in higher education classrooms, screened for communities, outdoor education centers, teacher conferences, and hopefully, screened by families and neighbors to stimulate discussion in living rooms around the country. It is being directed toward an adult audience: high school and up. And we would love it to be screened by community coalitions, perhaps used for fund-raising events and panel discussions. Will keep you posted on our progress.
Comment by Carmen Field on December 2, 2009 at 11:46pm
Thanks for updating us on this great project, Camilla! Who is your audience and how will this film be marketed? And will there be a way for community coalitions to request a screening of your film? I look forward to hearing more about this as it progresses. Cheers, Carmen

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