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Faced with the normal pressures of high school and all that extra work for college Advanced Placement courses, 16-year-old Rosemary Alcala finds little time to venture out into nature

“I’m pretty studious,” the Antioch High School student said. “Sometimes, I don’t see the outside for days.”

Alcala isn’t alone in spending more time inside than out. Teens often don’t have the transportation or financial means to get out into the great outdoors and learn about nature, says her environmental sciences teacher, Jessica Govoni.

That’s where Save Mount Diablo comes in. To tackle the disturbing trend of “nature deficit disorder,” the land conservation nonprofit aims to teach youth to appreciate nature and possibly help preserve it in the future. Through its Conservation Collaboration Agreement program, the nonprofit pairs schools with business sponsors, teachers, volunteers and Save Mount Diablo staff in the effort.

“It was really difficult to get the students interested in it at first — some academically driven, some apathetic about going on a hike, “ Govoni said, noting 27 out of her 69 environmental science students participated. “They fought it the whole way, but once there, there were smiles …read more

Source:: East Bay – Science


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