‘Play Again’ | Connecting with nature and one another
February 27, 2012
TAHOE/TRUCKEE and#8212; Do you know children who have fewer positive outdoor experiences today than you and your friends did at their age?
How has outdoor education and playing outside impacted your personal and social development?
Do you think social media fosters looking inward rather than encouraging teens to connect with the broader, non-virtual community?
These topics and more will be explored at Play Again on Thursday, March 15. With generous support from the KidZone Museum, Sunshine Tahoe, Cooking Gallery and Cedar House Sport Hotel, the event features guest speaker Barbara Schneider, Ph.D. and the first Tahoe-Truckee showing of and#8220;Play Again.and#8221; In the film, six screen-addicted teens take their first wilderness adventure. We will discuss the over-arching question posed by the award-winning documentary, and#8220;What are the consequences of a childhood removed from nature?and#8221;
About Barbara Schneider, Ph.D.
Guest speaker Barbara Schneider, Ph.D. has spent her professional, academic and parental life exploring the ways individuals and institutions are changed by and leverage experiences in informal learning environments such as museums, aquaria, parks and their own backyards. Schneider’s work has resulted in numerous grant awards, conference presentations and publications. She taught and#8220;A History of Methods and Evaluations of Informal Learning Environmentsand#8221; at Stanford University where she earned her Ph.D. in curriculum and teacher education. In addition, Barbara has a master’s degree in marine science from Moss Landing Marine Laboratories. She resides in Los Gatos, Calif. with her husband and two daughters but prefers to be in Truckee whenever they get the chance. and#8220;Being the parent of two active children has proven the best teacher of all,and#8221; saidSchneider.
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About and#8220;Play Againand#8221;
Tonje Hessen Schei, co-founder of Ground Productions, is a Norwegian filmmaker who directed and#8220;Play Again.and#8221; At a time when most children play more behind screens than outside, and#8220;Play Againand#8221; explores the changing balance between the virtual and natural worlds. The documentary follows teenagers who generally spend five to 15 hours a day behind screens unplug and go outdoors. Through the voices of children and experts (including journalist Richard Louv, sociologist Juliet Schor, environmental writer Bill McKibben, educators Diane Levin and Nancy Carlsson-Paige, neuroscientist Gary Small, parks advocate Charles Jordan and geneticist David Suzuki), and#8220;Play Againand#8221; explores the role of outdoor play in fostering a sustainable future. Visit playagainfilm.com for more information.
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