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Education coordinator battles 'Nature Deficit Disorder'


Visiting Great Bend’s Brit Spaugh Zoo may be good for your health – physical and mental.
Danielle Ricklefs, who joined the staff last December as the zoo’s education coordinator, spoke at a recent Great Bend Noon Kiwanis meeting, where she described a condition, known as Nature Deficit Disorder. Although not officially recognized in medical manuals for mental disorders, the condition was described in the 2005 book “Last Child in the Woods,” by Richard Louv. He notes that many people – especially children – aren’t spending enough time outdoors, and suggests this leads to a wide range of behavioral problems.
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