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Growing Up Wild In Michigan

Associate Director of Philanthropy Paul Beczkiewicz

A global survey of parents and kids reveals that nature is not just "something to do," it is a crucial part of growth. We asked some of our staff who are also parents to weigh in on the importance of "growing up wild." 

nature.org:

What do you do for The Nature Conservancy?

Paul Beczkiewicz:

I am Associate Director of Philanthropy for the Michigan Chapter.

nature.org:

A new survey reveals parents around the world are concerned children are not spending enough time outdoors. What is your reaction to that?

Paul Beczkiewicz:

I agree that we as a culture do not spend enough time outside, not just children.

nature.org:

Why is it important to you that your children grow up connected to nature?

Paul Beczkiewicz:

When he is outside in nature, he is exploring, creating, using his imagination…he looks alive when he’s outside, instead of looking like a zombie playing video games.

nature.org:

How does spending time outdoors impact your children?

Paul Beczkiewicz:

I know he’s getting good exercise, he is happier, and he sleeps better after being outside.


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