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Go Outside and Play

Tuesday, April 21, 2009 @ 7:00 PM-8:30 PM

James H. Wilson, Ph.D., E. Desmond Lee ProfessorExperiential and Family Education
University of Missouri – St. Louis and Forest Park Forever

The “great outdoors” has featured prominently in family and community life throughout the history of our city and our country; and conventional wisdom has it that playing outdoors is healthy, expansive, educational and good. From fishing to football; reflection to rough-housing, we have grown up as a people enjoying the outdoors. Skills of the pioneers became the recreation of sportsmen. Common fields of the colony became the parks of the city, and when we welcomed immigrants to our ranks, we welcomed them early to the outdoors. Today, the recreational focus on the outdoors is less sharp. Even as research shows that time outside makes us healthy and helps us think better, the outdoors seems to hold less interest for the young. Team sports are more and more a spectator activity and fields and streams may be seen as old fashioned and mundane compared to the electronic wizardry of the virtual world.

E. Desmond Lee Professor of Experiential and Family Education, Dr. Jim Wilson, reviews the rich history of outdoor recreation in both the Midwest and the St. Louis region, and considers current trends and implications, including a movement to renew connections to the outdoor world and ensure that our children and grandchildren are not the last kids in the woods.

Missouri History Museum – Lee Auditorium
Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park
St. Louis, Missouri 63112

FREE and OPEN to the PUBLIC. Middle and high school students welcome. Parking free in Museum lot or in Forest Park.


Tuesday, April 21, 2009
7:00 PM-8:30 PM
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